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If you need to pass an English language test for your next step in Canada, you may be asking yourself – how much time should I set aside to prepare for the CELPIP language test? 

Those looking for an easy answer will be disappointed because there is no one-size-fits-all approach. 

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to prepare for an English language test. We’ve put together this useful explainer of ways you can prepare for the CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program), one of the most commonly used English tests by migrants aiming to settle in Canada.

Whether you have a year to prepare or you’re wondering how to prepare for CELPIP in a week, E2 Test Prep has resources to suit your time and budget that will boost your confidence and, more importantly, your test score. 

Understand the structure of the CELPIP test

Firstly, it is crucial to understand that there are two types of CELPIP tests: The CELPIP – General and the CELPIP General LS.

If you want to get into more detail on how to answer each of the sections we have prepared a whole article on this matter.

We have a full article about what to expect in all CELPIP sections!

We also recommend creating your own CELPIP – GENERAL or CELPIP – GENERAL LS account at E2 Test Prep.

How to prepare for CELPIP at home with high-quality materials

When preparing for the CELPIP test, it’s important you use high-quality CELPIP preparation material. This will ensure you are preparing in line with the requirements of the test. 

E2 offers a range of high-quality CELPIP preparation packages, which you can use to study CELPIP online. Depending on your budget and timeline, you can choose a bronze, silver or gold package from E2. While your success is ultimately in your hands, these packages give you the best possible chance to pass CELPIP on the first go and obtain a high score.

If you want to know more about our paid packages we have a full article where we explain their content in detail.

If you’re not ready to commit to a package, E2 has a broad range of free CELPIP exercises and materials you can use to supercharge your test preparation. 

A great place to start is with our YouTube channel and podcast. These resources will help you get into the swing of test preparation.

All our paid packages include a full CELPIP mock test with E2. Our mock test is a real-life test simulation including a timer and a realistic grade, and you will receive personalised feedback you can use to improve your result. 

For those who like to multitask, a podcast is a handy way to prepare as you can listen in and learn while preparing dinner for the family, commuting or doing some exercise. With a new episode every week, the Everyday English podcast will help you improve your English fluency. 

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If you love podcasts, you can’t miss Everyday English with E2. There’s a new episode every week!

Set realistic expectations

One way to help you understand your current language skills and what you can hope to achieve in the time you have available is to take the E2English placement test

This 30-minute test is available for free, and the results will act as a diagnostic tool to help you understand your overall English language skills. It’s a great tool if you’re trying to figure out what language level course you should enrol in, so make sure you set aside time to complete it. 

Your personal circumstances will decide how well you can prepare – but remember, everybody can find a way to approach the CELPIP test as prepared as possible. E2 is committed to making it as easy as possible to achieve your English language goals, no matter your situation. 

Some of you might be asking yourselves, ‘can I prepare if I’m a single parent?’ or ‘can I study for CELPIP while at home with a baby?’ The answer is yes. Just remember that if you have significant obligations outside of your test preparation, you may need to begin preparing earlier than someone else with more free time.

Find ways to prepare for your test without stress

Test preparation doesn’t have to be stressful. You can do simple things to help your English skills along, even in your downtime. For instance, hop on the E2 TikTok channel. Here you can practice and learn English without pressure.

We also have a free CELPIP youtube channel with heaps of free content on how to prepare for the general and academic versions of the test. Here you can find very useful videos like how to pass CELPIP in 2022 which help you learn at your own pace.

Did you know E2 Test Prep is an official partner of the CELPIP test?

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Our final advice to you

Learning English can seem a daunting experience, but you can take simple steps immediately to start your journey to English proficiency and an excellent CELPIP score. Sign up to E2 Test Prep, make use of all our learning resources and tune into our podcast and Youtube channel. We assure you’ll feel closer to your English learning goals day by day. 

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