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.
The CELPIP-General Test has four test components: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The parts of each test component and the timing are shown below.
|Listening||47 minutes||2||Practice Task|
|8||Part 1: Listening to Problem Solving|
|5||Part 2: Listening to a Daily Life Conversation|
|6||Part 3: Listening for Information|
|5||Part 4: Listening to a News Item|
|8||Part 5: Listening to a Discussion|
|6||Part 6: Listening to Viewpoints|
|5-8||Part 7: Unscored Items*|
|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.
*Unscored Items: The Listening and Reading Tests contains unscored items used for test development. These unscored items can be found anywhere within each 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.
Note: Test takers will be required to read answer choices in the Listening Test and the questions in the Speaking Test. To get an idea of what the test is like, we recommend purchasing study materials or reviewing our free online sample 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|