CELPIP Test Format
Celpip General test format (Time duration : 3 Hours):
Just like other English proficiency tests, CELPIP test consists of four sections :
1. Celpip Listening section
2. Celpip Writing section
3. Celpip Reading Section
4. Celpip Speaking Section
Celpip Speaking Test Format (Time duration: 20 Minutes):
CELPIP Speaking section is excellently designed to test candidates Speaking abilities. This section is having eight different
Tasks and one practice test. In most of the tasks, you will be given 60 to 90 seconds to speak on the given topic or as per the given instructions. Each task will give you around 30 seconds to prepare before you actually start speaking on the given topic Here is the list of different tasks of Celpip Speaking section:
CELPIP Speaking Practice Task
Task 1: Giving Advice
Task 2: Talking about a Personal Experience
Task 3: Describing a Scene
Task 4: Making Predictions
Task 5: Comparing and Persuading
Task 6: Dealing with a Difficult Situation
Task 7: Expressing Opinions
Task 8: Describing an Unusual Situation
CELPIP Speaking Practice Task:
In this task, you will be given 30 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to speak on the topic. Please keep in mind, this is just a practice task, you will be awarded marks for this task.
Part 1: Giving Advice:
In this task, you are given 30 seconds, in the beginning, to prepare for the task and you need to speak for the next 90 second on the given task. Keep in mind in this task you have to give advice to the given person, like your brother, your sister, your friend. Here is a bonus tip for you. Divide your response into three parts. In the first part, you explain how you qualify for advising that person. Now in the second part, you give whatever advice you have, in the third part give the reasons and discuss the negative or downside of the other option. Do not forget to manage closure properly, because most of the times students just keep on speaking and never pay attention to the ending, which is equally important for a good score.
Task 2: Talking about a Personal Experience:
In this task, you will be asked to talk about your personal experience. Again you will be given 30 seconds to prepare, but unlike part 1, you will get 60 seconds long response time, that’ one minute time, which is not a long time to talk about your personal experience. Here are a few tips that will allow you to speak more in a short time. Again divide your response into three parts, in the first part, introduce or talk about yourself, followed by your experience and closing properly. In some of the questions, there are additional questions, so for those particular question, you need to answer them and add some details to each of them.
Task 3: Describing a Scene:
In this task, you will be given a picture to explain. Time is again 30 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to speak about the given picture. Most of the students start talking about each and every object in the picture, but it’s not possible to explain every single thing in just 60 seconds, we need to choose the objects to be explained very carefully and once right objects are selected, speak on each of them. Now the best way out is, first explain the picture in a broader way, then choose the object or the person that in the front and speak about that person or object and then move onto the next one. Always keep in mind the closure.
Task 4: Making Predictions:
In this particular task, you will again be given a picture, but instead of explaining that picture as we have done in the case of task 3, we are supposed to predict, what may happen next. Most of the students keep on explaining the picture as if they are attempting task 3 but keep in mind you have to make predictions in this task. Best way to attempt speaking section task 4 is, to start with the overall picture explanation in one single sentence and then start focusing on the individual object or person and predict its future possible action. Here try to add the reason for your predictions, this will help you to score high in this particular task.
Task 5: Comparing and Persuading:
As it is clear from the task name, this task is having two parts or two options and your job is to compare two available options and persuade your known person to follow or adopt or accept your choice from the given options. You will be having 30 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to persuade another person to agree with your opinion. Now to score high in this task, here is a plan, first acknowledge the other option, then let the person know about your choice, before closing, you must give the reasoning to persuade for your choice. Most of the times it’s your family person or your close friend to whom you address.
Task 6: Dealing with a Difficult Situation:
In this section, you will be dealing with the difficult situation, where you will be asked to choose one option, out of the two given options and speak to the person mentioned in that particular option. In this task, you will be given 60 seconds, instead of 30 seconds, as in the case of most of the tasks. You will speak for 60 seconds to the person known to you and try to convince him, why you have chosen that particular option. It’s better to divide your response into 3 parts, in the first part you will state your decision, you will give reasons for your choice and finally will find a reasonable solution.
Task 7: Expressing Opinions:
Expressing opinions is one of the two tasks where you are supposed to speak for around 90 seconds. Again time for preparation is 30 seconds, so try to make the best of the given time. In this task, you will give your opinion as per the given question. Here is the break down of the content of your response to scoring high in speaking task 7. First state your opinion, give valid reasons and explain your reason in detail. Just like giving advice task, you should explain reason properly to score high. Then, in the end, proper closure will assure good marks.
Task 8: Describing an Unusual Situation:
This task is considered to be the most difficult tasks because most of the times pictures you are asked to explain are not realistic. You can’t simply ignore this task because it’s a bit difficult, we need to prepare for this task as well. Time for preparation is 30 seconds and the good thing is you have just 60 seconds to speak about the given picture. Most of the times, you will be calling someone and explaining the situation, so you can start with the reason why you calling, tell about the situation and keep on adding details before closing the conversation.
Celpip Listening Test Format (Time duration : 50 Minutes):
CELPIP Listening section is excellently designed to test candidates listening abilities. This section is having six different
parts and one practice test. Candidates have around 6 minutes to listen and answer to each part and one more thing passage is played just once. As
you are not able to replay the passage, you must listen to each passage very carefully. Although each part is given the same time but
the number of questions in each passage varies, that we will discuss later.
Here is the list of different parts of Celpip listening section:
CELPIP Listening Practice Task
Part 1: Listening to Problem Solving
Part 2: Listening to daily life conversation
Part 3: Listening for information
Part 4: Listening to News Item
Part 5: Listening to a discussion
Part 6: Listening to viewpoints
CELPIP Listening Practice Task:
In this task you will listen to a short statement and then choose one of the four given sentences, that is closest in meaning the short statement. keep in mind you will be given just 30 seconds to listen and find a suitable answer.
Part 1: Listening to Problem Solving:
This section is having a conversation between two people followed by questions. This particular section is having in a total of 3 conversations and a total of 8 questions. After listening to the first conversation you will be asked to answer around 3 questions. After 10 seconds of preparation time, you will hear the next conversation followed by next three questions. Now again you will get 10 seconds preparation time and finally, the last conversation will be played followed by last two questions.
In this test, the first questions ask you to choose one of the four pictures as an answer. Each conversation is around 1 to 1.5 minutes long and played only once.No need to say listen to each of them very very carefully to choose the right answer from the given choices.
Part 2: Listening to daily life conversation:
“Listening to daily life conversation ” section is having a conversation between two people followed by 5 questions. People involved in a discussion will discuss their day to day issues and then questions will be asked based on the conversation. All the questions are multi-choice and you will be asked to select the most appropriate answer out of the four given choices. You will be given around 30 seconds to listen to the question and choose the right answer. Unlike part one of the listening section, you will not be any preparation break.
Part 3: Listening for information:
In this task you will hear to a clip for around two minutes to two and a half minutes, followed by six questions. Here questions are not written, only the four options or you can choices are written on the screen, instead, you will hear questions one by one. Now to score well in this particular task, you must keep the following things in mind:
1. Pay attention to the people talking or you can say discussing.
2. What is the problem or subject they are discussing?
3. Listen to the details of the information because you might be asked question for that particular detail.
4. You should pay attention to the place where the discussion is taking places and also about the places they are talking about.
You should better take notes while attempting this task, which will make things much easier for you.
Part 4: Listening to News Item:
In this part, you will listen to a news item only once, for about one and a half minutes. A person man or woman will read the news, just like you hear it on the radio or television and then the question will be asked. The audio clip is around one and a half minutes long.
Again in total five questions are there with four options to select from. Unlike part 3, questions are written in this section, so you can read the question or sentence and select the most appropriate option.
Part 5: Listening to a discussion:
This part is different from all the parts in a way, that instead of having an audio clip, this one has a video clip. This video clip is 1.5 to 2 minutes long and you will find few people talking or discussing something. You will have to pay attention to what they are discussing and in the end, you will be asked eight questions related to this video clip.
Each question will have four options and you will select one appropriate one as we have been doing in the previous sections. Again keep your pen and paper ready to take notes, where every you feel, they are providing some information or should I say possible information on which you may get one of the questions.
Part 6: Listening to viewpoints:
This is the last part of the listening section. In this section, a person will give his or her opinion or viewpoints on a particular subject or thing. You need to pay full attention and get notes of information you will get.
Now in this section questions are not in the form of audios, so read them properly and select one of the four options you have. Keep in mind the audio in this section is quite long, of around 3 minutes, which is followed by six multichoice questions.
The mantra to success in the listening section is, take notes, write down whatever information you get, which will make things really manageable for you.
Celpip Reading Test Format (Time duration : 55 Minutes):
CELPIP Reading section is excellently designed to test candidates Reading abilities. This section is having four different
parts and one practice test. Here is the list of different parts of Celpip Reading section:
CELPIP Reading Practice Tasks
Part 1: Reading Correspondence
Part 2: Reading to Apply a Diagram
Part 3: Reading for Information
Part 4: Reading for Viewpoints
Celpip Writing Test Format (Time duration : 53 Minutes):
CELPIP Writing section is excellently designed to test candidates Writing skills. This section is having two
parts . Here is the list of different parts of Celpip Writing section:
Task 1: Writing an Email :
Task 2: Responding to Survey Questions