Frequently Asked Questions About CELPIP


The full abbreviation of CELPIP is Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program. CELPIP is conducted to check English language proficiency. The candidate has to prove his/her proficiency in the English language through the CELPIP Test. This test assesses candidates precisely in different phases, like, understanding and interpreting newscasts, communicating with friends and co-workers, responding to emails and other written materials and responding to difficult situations.

The Celpip Test has 2 variations, one is The CELPIP-General Exam and the second is the CELPIP-General LS Exam. The CELPIP-General Exam assesses Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking abilities. Along with this, CELPIP Test is being approved by IRCC, IRCC is Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The CELPIP-General Exam is approved by Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council and the Property Council of British Columbia. Whereas, The CELPIP-General LS Exam assesses only listening and speaking proficiency.

Celpip test format :

Just like other English proficiency test, CELPIP test consists of four section :

1. Celpip Listening section
2. Celpip Writing section
3. Celpip Reading Section
4. Celpip Speaking Section

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Celpip test fee :

As per the latest available information, CELPIP test fee in different countries is as follows :

1. Celpip General test fee in Canada : $280
2. Celpip General test fee in USA : $285
3. Celpip General test fee in India : ₹10845($150)
4. Celpip General test fee in Philippines : $215
5. Celpip General test fee in UAE : $340
* For celpip LS exam fee in Canada is $195

Celpip test Locations :

There are many celpip testing centers around the world. At present we have number of centers in Canada, USA, India Philippines and UAE

1. Celpip test locations in Canada :

Canada is having maximum number of CELPIP test locations. There are centres in all the provinces. Here is the list of celpip test centres in different provinces of Canada.
Celpip test locations in Ontario: Ottawa, Barrie, Mississauga, Scarborough, Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener, Welland, New Market, London, Brampton, Wood bridge, Windsor.
Celpip test locations in British Columbia : Vancouver, Abbotsford, Prince George, Cranbrook, Surrey, Victoria, Richmond, North Vancouver, Fort st. John, Kelowna, Nelson, Nanaimo.
Celpip test locations in Newfoundland and Labrador: St John's
Celpip test centres in Alberta: Calgary, Edmonton , Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Red Deer.
Celpip test locations in New Brunswick : Dieppe, St John
Celpip test locations in Quebec: Montreal
Celpip test locations in Manitoba : Winnipeg, Brandon.
Celpip test locations in Nova Scotia : Halifax.
Celpip test locations in Saskatchewan : Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina.
Celpip test locations in Yukon Territory: Whitehorse.

2. Celpip test locations in USA :

Celpip test locations in New York: New York
Celpip test centres in Virginia : Alexandria.
Celpip test locations in California : San Jose, Los Angles.
Celpip test locations in Washington : Seattle.
Celpip test locations in Illinois : Chicago.
Celpip test locations in Texas : Houston.

3. Celpip test locations in India

Celpip test locations in Chandigarh : Chandigarh.

4. Celpip test locations in Philippines

Celpip test locations in Manila : Manila.

5. Celpip test locations in UAE :

Celpip test locations in Dubai : Dubai.


One of the most common questions asked about CELPIP is "What is the difference between CELPIP and IELTS?"
Let me make this clear, as far as difficulty level is concerned both are equally difficult for those who found IELTS difficult to crack. Both the tests are having four sections as Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. IELTS is having two versions now, one is IELTS and another one is IELTS CD. Earlier IELTS was only paper based test but after the launch of computer based CELPIP, newer version of IELTS was launched recently.

CELPIP is 100% Canadian test which offers two versions, one is CELPIP General which if for those applying for Canadian PR and CELPIP General LS, which is for Canadian Citizenship. This test is having only two sections 'L' Listening and 'S' Speaking section.

Name the organizations that accept the CELPIP test?

  • Alberta Human Services – Child Care Staff Certification
  • Alberta Institute of Massage
  • Association of Saskatchewan Realtors
  • BC Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program
  • Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC)
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
  • NorQuest College ELP (English Language Proficiency)
  • Organizational employment requirements
  • Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA)
  • Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC)
  • Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
  • TLC-Edmonton Training for Foreign Caregivers

Who approves and accepts the CELPIP test?

IRCC i.e Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada approves and accepts the CELPIP Test. RECBC(Real Estate Council of British Columbia) and ICCRC(Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) are the other organizations that assess a candidate’s Listening and Speaking proficiency as a proof of English language proficiency for the Canadian PR or Citizenship and are being accepted by IRCC.

Does CELPIP fee vary from country to country?

CELPIP is an English language proficiency test for Canada Immigration and the fee for the CELPIP Test varies from country to country. The CELPIP Questions may vary depending on the test centres or locations. The CELPIP authority maintains the question arrangement.

Is CELPIP totally Computer Based Test?

Yes, the CELPIP Test is a totally Computer-based test and provides an opportunity to candidates to finish all the test components like Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking in just one sitting.
CELPIP candidates use computer keyboard and mouse to complete the Reading and Writing Sections of the test. And to complete the Listening and Speaking sections, candidates use a computer microphone and headset. Computerized tests help candidates to offer test-takers a reliable and quick testing experience.

Is CELPIP considered as an alternative To IELTS?

Yes, both CELPIP and IELTS are conducted to check English Language Proficiency Test for Canada and are accepted by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada).

What is the total time duration for the CELPIP Speaking test?

There are 2 versions of the CELPIP Test: The CELPIP-General Test and The CELPIP-General LS Test. CELPIP-General Test has a total of 4 components — Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking CELPIP-General LS Test has a total of 2 components — Listening and Speaking. The total duration of the Speaking section is 15-20 minutes.

What is the purpose of the CELPIP Test evaluation?

The CELPIP test allows candidates to prove his/her Language Proficiency in the English Language. This language proficiency test assesses a candidate's ability to communicate with friends, at work or in surroundings.
A huge number of people appear in this CELPIP Test to check their Language proficiency in the English Language. This test allows candidates to study or work in Canada. Now in today's scenario, CELPIP is an alternative to IELTS and is the frequently accepted foreign test too.

How many topics are there in the CELPIP Speaking Test?

CELPIP Speaking Test has total of 8 topics:
  1. Giving Advice
  2. Personal Experience
  3. Describe a Picture
  4. Make Predictions
  5. Compare and Persuade
  6. Difficult situation
  7. Giving Opinion
  8. Describe an Unusual Situation

What are the Minimum CELPIP Score Requirements for the Canada Immigration?

To qualify and get a Canada Permanent Residency, you have to qualify good CELPIP scores as a proof of English Language Proficiency. If you are eligible under Canada Express Entry category, you have scored a minimum of CLB 7 and if you fall under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you should have a minimum score of CLB 4.

How many versions does the CELPIP Test have?

CELPIP Test is available in 2 versions:

The CELPIP-General Test and The CELPIP-General LS Test.

CELPIP-General Test has a total of 4 components — Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
CELPIP-General LS Test has a total of 2 components — Listening and Speaking.
The total time duration of the CELPIP-General Test is around 3 hours and the total time for the CELPIP-General LS Test is 1 hour-10 minute.

Which edition is easy to attempt: Celpip-General or Celpip-General-LS?

Both of these tests are conducted to check English Language Proficiency for Canada Immigration or Canada PR and both of these tests i.e The Celpip-General and The Celpip-General-LS are easy to attempt.
The Citizen and Immigration Canada accepts both of these tests, if we talk about which test is easy to attempt, then, Celpip-General-LS is easier and cheaper to attempt.

What is the difference between CELPIP-General and CELPIP-General LS?

CELPIP-General Test is for those people who apply for permanent resident status in Canada under Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Start-up Visa Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC) programs and need a proof of English Language Skills.

CELPIP-General LS is for those people who apply for Canadian Citizenship and need proof of English Speaking and Listening Proficiency. IRCC accepts the CELPIP-General LS Test.

If my evaluation is not correct, then can I apply for my re-evaluation?

Yes, definitely, you can apply for your test re-evaluation of some components of your CELPIP Test within 6 weeks of the test date. But one thing you need to keep in mind is that you have to pay a re-evaluation fee at the time of submitting an application.
The amount of the re-evaluation fee depends on the components of your CELPIP test that you want to re-evaluate.
Once the re-evaluation request has been submitted, then you can’t cancel or change the request. To submit a request for re-evaluation, you have to sign in to your CELPIP Account.

What is the minimum age requirement for CELPIP?

If the applicant is in the age group of 14 and 17 years, then he/she can register for the CELPIP Test and the applicant can register for the CELPIP-General LS Test. One important change is that, if the applicant is between the age group of 14 and 64, the applicant meets the basic requirements for language test in Listening and Speaking in English or French.

Can I bring my Driving License/Student ID card as a proof of my identity to appear in my CELPIP Test?

No, you cannot bring a driving license and student ID cards as a proof of identity to appear in the CELPIP Test. Below is the list of acceptable documents:

Acceptable identification for the CELPIP-General Test:

  • Travel document
  • Refugee protection claimant document
  • United States Passport Card
  • Passport booklet

Acceptable identification for the CELPIP-General LS Test:
  • Travel document
  • Canadian permanent resident card
  • United States Passport Card
  • Passport booklet

If you are taking CELPIP Test for the Non-IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) purposes, below identifications are acceptable:
  • Travel document
  • Refugee protection claimant document
  • Canadian Provincial Driver’s licence
  • United States Passport Card
  • Passport booklet
  • Canadian permanent resident card
  • Canadian Provincial identification card