Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program [CELPIP] Exam Dates Registration Eligibility Exam Pattern

CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) is a test conducted for English language proficiency by Paragon Testing Enterprises. CELPIP Academic is a computer based test for study in Canada & accepted by the government of Canada for immigration purpose.

There are 2 versions of tests viz. CELPIP-General, and CELPIP-General LS.

  1. CELPIP-General Test : It is a popular exam taken by those who want to prove English language proficiency while applying for permanent resident status in Canada under the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Start-up Visa Program, Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and numerous Provincial Nominee Programs. This test is also suitable for those looking for employment
    • CELPIP-General tests a candidate’s English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
    • CELPIP-General Test Centers are  60 across the globe including Canada. However, there is only one test center in India. Also, here in India, candidates can only take CELPIPGeneral Test.
    • Examination booking fee is INR 10,845 excluding GST of 18%. 
    • CELPIP-General is accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC),Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC) etc. 
    • CELPIP-General is a three-hours long test.
  2. CELPIP-General Test LS : It is approved by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
    • CELPIP-General Test LS tests a candidate’s English listening and speaking skills.
    • CELPIP-General Test LS Centers are 70 only in Canada.
    • Examination booking fee is $70.00 CAD  excluding Tax.
    • CELPIP-General Test LS is accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canadian citizenship.
    • CELPIP-General Test LS is a one-hours ten-minutes long test.

CELPIP 2020 Exam Highlights

Exam NameCanadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
Short FormCELPIP
Level of ExaminationInternational Level
Conducting BodyParagon Testing Enterprises
Exam ModeComputer-Based
Exam Duration3 Hours
Number of SectionsFour
Name of SectionsSpeaking & Writing, Reading, and Listening
Score Range10-90 Points
Exam FeeINR 10,845 + GST
Late Booking FeeINR 11,845 + GST

CELPIP Exam Dates 2020

In India, candidates can only appear for the CELPIP-General Test. This CELPIP test can be given only at one center in Chandigarh. The name of the center is ‘Canadian Centre For Success Private Limited’.

January 1110:00 AM
January 112:30 PM
January 1210:00 AM
January 122:30 PM
January 1810:00 AM
January 182:30 PM
January 1910:00 AM
January 192:30 PM
February 12:30 PM
February 210:00 AM
February 22:30 PM
February 810:00 AM
February 82:30 PM
February 910:00 AM
February 92:30 PM
February 1510:00 AM
February 152:30 PM
February 1610:00 AM
February 162:30 PM
February 2910:00 AM
February 292:30 PM
March 110:00 AM
March 12:30 PM
March 72:30 PM
March 810:00 AM
March 82:30 PM
March 2110:00 AM
March 212:30 PM
March 2210:00 AM
March 222:30 PM
March 2810:00 AM
March 282:30 PM
March 2910:00 AM
March 292:30 PM


Ques. How to choose the right CELPIP exam?

  • CELPIP conducts two different exams, each with its own purpose.
  • CELPIP General Test required for applying to the universities and colleges.
  • CELPIP General Test is required as a english proficiency test for Canadian Citizenship 

Ques. Which countries accept CELPIP Score?

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):
    • Permanent Resident Status
    • Canadian Citizenship
    • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
    • Start-up Visa Program
    • Numerous Provincial Nominee Programs
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Alberta Institute of Massage
  • Alberta Human Services – Child Care Staff Certification
  • Association of Saskatchewan Realtors
  • Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC)
  • BC Corrections
  • BC Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program
  • Professional Business Accountants’ Society of Canada
  • NorQuest College ELP (English Language Proficiency)
  • Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA)
  • Organizational employment requirements
  • Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
  • Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC)
  • TLC-Edmonton Training for Foreign Caregivers

CELPIP 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Age limitCandidate must at least be 16 years in age. Candidates below the age of 18 years must provide signed parental consent for taking the test.
Number of AttemptsNo limit on the number of times CELPIP is taken by a person.
NationalityCandidate from any country of the world can appear for the test.

CELPIP 2020 Registration

Registration for CELPIP are done in a three ways

  • Online
  • Through mail
  • In-person

Online registration

Those who are residing outside Canada and will be giving the exam outside Canada only, need to register online.

  • Make sure you have the authentic identity document.
  • You required a valid credit/debit card to make online payment.

Steps for online registration of CELPIP Test

  • Visit the official website of the CELPIP.
  • Submit all your necessary details.
  • Select the test date and center.
  • Make online payment.

CELPIP 2020 Test Pattern

  • CELPIP General comprises of 4 sections –  Speaking , Writing; Reading; Listening.
  • The duration of the test is three hours.
  • Test 20 different types of question formats.
  • The test will comprise of excerpts from lectures, view graphs, and charts.
  • CELPIP will analyze candidate’s ability to comprehend different accents of English.
Part 1: Listening Test Pattern

The total time allotted for this section is 47-55 minutes.

S.No.Focus AreaSkills Required/ Tested
1Listening Test, Part 1Question types
Introduction to test-taking strategies
Introduction to vocabulary-building
2Listening Test, Part 2Listening Test, Part 3Establishing context
Note-taking strategies: Location and time
Note-taking strategies: Main ideas and supporting details
3Listening Test, Part 4Using abbreviations for note-taking
Note-taking to record facts
4Listening Test, Part 5 Visual cluesRelevant vs. irrelevant information
5Listening Test, Part 6 Recognizing facts and opinions
Differentiating between summaries and paraphrases
Identifying pros and cons
6Practice Listening Test
Test review and error analysisCourse review
All Listening Test skills
Part 2:  Reading Test Pattern

The total time allotted for this section is 55-60 minutes.

S.No.Focus Area Skills Tested
1Overview of the Reading TestActive vs. passive readers
Previewing, skimming, and scanning
Getting meaning from context
Eliminating wrong answers
Improving your reading speed
Introduction to vocabulary-building
2Reading Test, Part 1Skimming and scanning
Synonym-matching pair work activity
Timed reading
3Reading Test, Part 2Understanding coherence and applying logic
Locating specific information
Recognizing a writer’s purpose and tone
Timed reading
4Reading Test, Part 3 Understanding paragraph components
Identifying main ideas in paragraphs
Timed reading
5Reading Test, Part 4Understanding meaning based on context
Eliminating wrong answers
Identifying viewpoints
Fact or opinion
Timed reading
6Practice Reading Test
Test review and error analysis
All Reading Test skills
Part 3: Writting Test Pattern

The time allotted for this section is 53-60 minutes.

S.No.Focus AreaSkills Tested
1Overview of the Writing Test
Precision and meaning
Understand performance standards
Identifying common errors
Introduction to vocabulary-building
2Writing Test, Task 1Writing emails
Email conventions: Greetings, openers, closers, and sign-offs
Tone and registerIndirect questions
3Writing Test, Task 1Introduction
Email format
Avoiding repetition
Time sequencers
4Writing Test, Task 2Note-taking
Expressing an opinionUsing conjunctions
Supporting details
5Writing Test, Task 2Transitions
Concluding sentences
Timed writingPeer feedback: Identifying common errors
6Analysis of sample responses
Practice and peer feedback
Test and individual feedback sessions
All Writing Test skills
Part 4: Speaking Test Pattern

15-20 minutes are allotted for this section.

S. No. Focus AreaSkills Tested
1Overview of the Speaking Test Review of speaking skills
Understand performance standards
Develop ideas
Introduction to vocabulary building
2Speaking Test, Task 1
Speaking Test, Task 2
Giving advice
Organize your thoughts
Using WH questions for narratives
Time expressions
3Speaking Test, Task 3
Speaking Test, Task 4
Describing details
Prepositions of location
Making predictions from a scene
Practice: Describing and making predictions
4Speaking Test, Task 5
Speaking Test, Task 6
Inflection and intonation
Choosing, comparing, and persuading
Giving effective reasons
5Speaking Test, Task 7
Speaking Test, Task 8
Stating an opinion
Weak vs. convincing reasons
6Analysis of sample responses
Practice and peer feedback
Test and individual feedback sessions
All Speaking
Test skills

Scores and Results

Candidates can check the results of the CELPIP Test online in eight business days. Also, those who need CELPIP score a little early can choose Express Rating and get their scores online in three business days.

Candidates receive an email notification once their CELPIP score is available. Candidates can access their scores online in their CELPIP account. They can view the scores for a period of two years from the test date.

Fee for additional CELPIP Official Score Report: $20.00 CAD + tax

CELPIP LevelCELPIP DescriptorCLB Level
12Excellent proficiency in community contexts and workplace12
11Excellent proficiency in community contexts and workplace11
10Highly effective proficiency in community contexts and workplace10
9Effective proficiency in community contexts and workplace9
8Good proficiency in community contexts and workplace8
7Proficiency in community contexts and workplace7
6Still developing proficiency in community contexts and workplace6
5Need to acquire proficiency in community contexts and workplace5
4Adequate proficiency for day to day activities4
3Some proficiency in limited contexts3
MMinimum proficiency or insufficient information to assess0, 1, 2

CELPIP Levels and approximate scores for the Listening test


CELPIP Levels and approximate scores for the Reading test

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