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Passing the CELPIP test can be the first step into a new and exciting opportunity. E2 has prepared over 1.5 million students for various English proficiency exams, and there is no better advice we can give than for students to invest time in getting to know the structure of the test they are taking.

If you are familiar with the questions you’ll encounter and how to answer them, you’ll be in a much better position to achieve your desired results and be more confident on the test day.

Read till the end to find out everything you need to know about the CELPIP test!

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There are two types of CELPIP tests: CELPIP GENERAL and CELPIP GENERAL LS

The CELPIP general test evaluates 4 skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each section will require you to first look at a prompt or case and then submit your answer. The CELPIP General test can be taken at any authorised centre around the globe.

Did you know? CELPIP is a fully computerised test, you’ll be provided with everything to complete the test and take notes at the test centre on your exam date.

The CELPIP General LS test evaluates 2 skills: Listening and Speaking. Both sections are the same as in the CELPIP General test. The CELPIP General LS test is only available at official test centres in Canada for citizenship applications. 

If you would like to know more about the differences between the two CELPIP tests, we have prepared a full article where we discuss them in detail.

How long is the CELPIP test?

The CELPIP General test is three (3) hours long. Each skill has an allocated time as follows:

  • Listening: 47 to 55 minutes
  • Reading: 55 to 60 minutes
  • Writing: 53 to 60 minutes
  • Speaking: 15 to 20 minutes

Be mindful of your time! The test duration of the session is the same for all the candidates, if you arrive late for your exam or you have to take a bathroom break, that time will be lost and won’t be reinstated under any circumstance.

The CELPIP General LS test is one (1) hour and ten (10) minutes long. The time allocated to each skill is the following:

  • Listening: 47 – 55 minutes
  • Speaking: 15 – 20 minutes 

Unlike other English exams like IELTS, for example, every CELPIP test is completed in one sitting. If you would like to know more about their respective features and compare CELPIP and IELTS, we have a very insightful blog post that you can read here.

How is each section of the test structured?

Each section of the CELPIP test is divided into parts. There will be an introductory practice question where you can familiarise yourself with the format of the task and how you are expected to answer it. 


CELPIP listening questions


CELPIP reading questions


CELPIP writing section


CELPIP speaking section

When do I get my CELPIP test results?

In 4 to 5 calendar days. The test results become available online and will be accessible for 2 years after their release. 

You can order a hard copy of your test results to be sent to you by mail for an additional charge based on your location. 

How long are CELPIP results valid?

Two years after the release of the results. 

Some employers may have more flexible policies, but according to the Canadian government, no test results older than 2 years is valid for PR or Citizenship applications.

How do I prepare for CELPIP?

Preparing for CELPIP has never been easier, as E2 has a full online test preparation package to guide you every step of the way. 

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Article summary:

  1. There are two types of CELPIP tests: The CELPIP General and the CELPIP General LS test. The second one can only be taken in Canada.
  2. The CELPIP General test is 3 hrs long while the LS is 1 hr and 10 minutes long.
  3. Each test skill is divided into parts and becoming familiar with the test structure is essential for your successful preparation and performance on test day
  4. Wherever you are in your English learning journey we are here to help!

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