The CELPIP-General Test is completely computer-delivered and is taken at one of our designated test centres.
To complete this test, test takers must know how to use a computer mouse and standard keyboard.
Here is a breakdown of each CELPIP-General Test component in the order in which test takers will be completing them.
|Listening||47 minutes||8||Part 1: Identifying Similar Meanings|
|8||Part 2: Answering Short Questions|
|8||Part 3: Listening to Problem Solving|
|5||Part 4: Listening to a Daily Life Conversation|
|6||Part 5: Listening for Information|
|5||Part 6: Listening to a News Item|
|8||Part 7: Listening to a Discussion|
|6||Part 8: Listening to Viewpoints|
|Reading||60 minutes||11||Part 1: Reading Correspondence|
|8||Part 2: Reading to Apply a Diagram|
|9||Part 3: Reading for Information|
|10||Part 4: Reading for Viewpoints|
|8-11||Part 5: Unscored Items*|
|Writing||53 minutes||1||Task 1: Writing an Email|
|1||Task 2: Responding to Survey Questions|
|Speaking||20 minutes||1||Practice Task|
|1||Task 1: Giving Advice|
|1||Task 2: Talking about a Personal Experience|
|1||Task 3: Describing a Scene|
|1||Task 4: Making Predictions|
|1||Task 5: Comparing and Persuading|
|1||Task 6: Dealing with a Difficult Situation|
|1||Task 7: Expressing Opinions|
|1||Task 8: Describing an Unusual Situation|
Total test time allotted is 180 minutes or 3 hours.
*Note: There are 8 different Listening parts, but only 7 parts will be given during the official test. Since you don’t know which parts you will be doing, it’s important to be prepared for all 8 parts.
**Note: Unscored Items: The Reading Test contains unscored items used for test development. These unscored items can be found anywhere within the Reading Test and will have the same format as one of the other parts of the test. You will not know which part of the test contains the unscored items, so apply your best effort to all parts of the test.
Each component of the test (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) will be given a CELPIP Level. Below is a chart of each CELPIP-General level and its corresponding description. Since the CELPIP-General Test scores have been calibrated against the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) levels, we have included the CLB level equivalencies for your information.
|CELPIP Level||CELPIP Descriptor||CLB Level|
|12||Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts||12|
|11||Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts||11|
|10||Highly effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts||10|
|9||Effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts||9|
|8||Good proficiency in workplace and community contexts||8|
|7||Adequate proficiency in workplace and community contexts||7|
|6||Developing proficiency in workplace and community contexts||6|
|5||Acquiring proficiency in workplace and community contexts||5|
|4||Adequate proficiency for daily life activities||4|
|3||Some proficiency in limited contexts||3|
|M||Minimal proficiency or insufficient information to assess||0, 1, 2|