You all must have dreamt about studying in Canada and must be aware that you have to clear English Language proficiency tests for the same. This applies even if you want a Permanent Residency or Citizenship. IELTS is no doubt a lot famous for proof of English proficiency, but a test called CELPIP is also used for applying for permanent residence and citizenship. Let’s know more about CELPIP.

What is CELPIP?

CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) is a general English language test that is similar to the Canadian version of IELTS. The CELPIP test can demonstrate a candidate’s ability to function in English. This test clearly and accurately shows the test taker’s English proficiency in a variety of everyday situations, such as communicating at personal and professional front.

CELPIP has two types of tests, General Test and General LS Test. If you are willing to have permanent residency or employment in Canada, you will have to take the General test. On the other hand, General CELPIP LS Test is used for citizenship and employment.


This test is one of Canada’s most famous tests as a general English test for immigrants and work. Highlights of this test are –

1. No separate speaking session

The test takes around 3 hours to complete and for speaking you have to reply to on screen prompts verbally. So, speaking all-inclusive makes it convenient. It also has features such as a personal timer, word count check and spell check so that you can take the test more effectively. 

2.  North American accent only

Easy-to-understand English and words used on a daily basis

3. Quick online results

Results are available online only 4-5 days after test date

4. Free learning materials available

Free sample tests, videos, online briefings, preparatory courses are provided

CELPIP – GENERAL TEST   – Time break up of the test

Listening: 47-55 min

Reading: 55-60 min

Writing: 53-60 min

Speaking: 15-20 min

Also, note that GENERAL LS TEST is just a one-hour test and like the General Test this test also doesn’t have a separate speaking session. Both the tests are IRCC approved.

The table below shows the comparison of CELPIP and IELTS scores – 



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