CELPIP

CELPIP


CANADIAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY INDEX PROGRAM

CELPIP is an internationally accepted English language proficiency test taken by students and work force. CELPIP stands for Canadian English language Proficiency Index Program. It is recognized by a number of governments, professional organizations, universities, colleges, and employers as a proof of English language proficiency.



Paragon testing agency acts as an adjunct  for the University of British Columbia to assist the applicants with the English Language Proficiency tests. Both CELPIP-G and CELPIP- General LS are computerized tests. The former is conducted for a particular age group , mainly from 14 to 64 years of age. Whereas the latter is conducted for the minors mainly from 14 to 17 years of age. Every sections of the test will take place on a computer.

Masterprep, being a highly reputed institution with a strong academic hold facilitates the people with an impeccable preparation curriculum for this particular exam. Chandigarh is the only city in India that conducts this particular exam.

Masterprep is an official partner with the Paragon testing enterprises in order to help people prepare for the exam easily.

The CELPIP test is offered in two versions:

CELPIP- General

 CELPIP- General LS.

The CELPIP- GENERAL TEST is administered for the people applying for permanent Residentship in Canada and the score thus acts as a proof of the eligibility.

The CELPIP General test assesses functional Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking skills.

The CELPIP- General LS test assesses functional Listening and Speaking proficiency.

Test Pattern

The total duration for the CEPIP exam is 3 hours. It consists of 4 modules, namely, Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The candidate is required to attempt each module.


  • The listening section has six scored parts and one not marked
  • The candidate gets 40-60 minutes to answer the questions for all the tasks.
  • There are six parts in the listening component.
  • Every clip is played only once.
Question Type No. of Question
1 Problem Solving 8
2 Daily Life Conversation 5
3 Listening to Information 6
4 Listening to a news 5
5 Discussion 8
6 Listening to a viewpoint 6
  • The reading section has four scored and one not marked
  • The candidate gets 55-60 minutes to answer these questions.
  • The module has sentence completion, text completion, WH questions, and multiple choice questions.
Question Type No. of Question
1 Correspondence which consists 11
2 Reading to apply a diagram 8
3 Reading for information 9
  • There are two scored tasks in the writing module. It does not include any task which is not marked.
  • The time allotted for attempting the writing module is 53-60 minutes.
  • Task 1 is writing an email and Task 2 is a response to a survey question.
  • here are eight scored parts and one unmarked part in the speaking module.
  • The duration of the speaking is 15-20 minutes.
  • The response to each task is recorded automatically.

Speaking module consists of 8 questions

1 Giving advice 2 Talking about a personal experience
3 Describing a scene 4 Making predictions
5 Comparing and persuading 6 Dealing with difficult situation
7 expressing opinions 8 Describing an unusual situation

Marking Criteria

There are different marking criteria for each module.

All CELPIP Reading and Listening questions are either multiple choice or in a similar format.  The answers to the CELPIP reading and listening questions are evaluated in an integrated way : the response either being correct or incorrect . The unanswered questions are considered incorrect .Speaking is evaluated on the basis of Coherence, Lexical range, Listening ability and task fulfillment.

Writing is assessed on the basis of content, vocabulary, readability and task fulfillment.

Band Scale Description

There is no pass or fail in this exam as all sections of CELPIP at given a CELPIP level, so candidates can measure their CELPIP test scores against the Canadian Language Benchmark. The score and its interpretation are given as follows:

CELPIP LEVEL CELPIP DESCRIPTOR CLB LEVEL
12 The candidate should exhibit  advanced proficiency  in terms of community contexts and  at work place. 12
11 The candidate should exhibit  advanced proficiency  in terms of community contexts and  at work place. 11
10 The candidate should exhibit  effective proficiency in terms of community contexts and at work place. 10
9 The candidate should exhibit  effective proficiency in terms of community contexts and at work place. 9
8 The candidate should exhibit good proficiency in terms of community contexts and at workplace. 8
7 The candidate should exhibit adequate proficiency in terms of  community contexts and at work place. 7
6 The candidate should exhibit  the tact of developing proficiency in terms of community contexts and at workplace. 6
5 The candidate should exhibit the tact of acquiring proficiency in terms of community contexts and at workplace. 5
4 The candidate should exhibit an adequate proficiency  for daily life activities. 4
3 The candidate should exhibit some proficiency in limited context. 3
M The candidate is considered to be minimally proficient also having insufficient information to assess. 0, 1, 2
NA The candidate is not administered however the test taker did not receive this test component. /