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The CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) is a test that measures a candidate’s English abilities for a variety of routine conversations. The CELPIP- English Proficiency test has two versions:

CELPIP- General

CELPIP-General LS

The CELPIP highlights:

  • The CELPIP is a fully computer delivered test.
  • The complete test is taken in a single sitting.
  •  The CELPIP assesses an individual’s Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking abilities in English.
  • The CELPIP is accepted by a number of immigration, professional and academic organizations.
  • The CELPIP results are available online in 8 business days. The scores can be made available in 3 business days by selecting Express Rating.
  • The fee for the CELPIP- General is approximately CAD $280 (fee varies by location) and for the CELPIP- General LS is approximately CAD $ 195 (fee varies by location).

 

DESCRIPTION OF CELPIP LEVELS

For each section of the CELPIP-General Test and the CELPIP-General LS Test, a candidate gets a CELPIP level.

The Listening and the Reading scores are automatically evaluated by a computer whereas the Speaking and the Writing scores are given after evaluation by the trained evaluators.

The CELPIP level can also be described as a CLB level and the following tables describe them.

CELPIP LEVEL DESCRIPTORS

 

CELPIP Level CELPIP Descriptor CLB Level
12 Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts 12
11 Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts 11
10 Highly effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts 10
9 Effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts 9
8 Good proficiency in workplace and community contexts 8
7 Adequate proficiency in workplace and community contexts 7
6 Developing proficiency in workplace and community contexts 6
5 Acquiring proficiency in workplace and community contexts 5
4 Adequate proficiency for daily life activities 4
3 Some proficiency in limited contexts 3
M Minimal proficiency or insufficient information to assess 0, 1, 2
NA Did not attempt this test /

SPEAKING

Categories

Factors

1. Content/Coherence
  •  Number of ideas
  • Quality of ideas
  • Organization of ideas
  • Examples and supporting details
2. Vocabulary
  • Word choice
  • Suitable use of words and phrases
  • Range of words and phrases
  • Precision and accuracy
3. Listenability
  • Rhythm, pronunciation, and intonation
  • Pauses, interjections, and self-correction
  • Grammar and sentence structure
  • Variety of sentence structure
4. Task Fulfillment
  • Relevance
  • Completeness
  • Tone
  • Length

 

WRITING

Categories Factors
1. Content/Coherence

 

  • Number of ideas
  • Quality of ideas
  • Organization of ideas
  • Examples and supporting details
2. Vocabulary

 

  • Word choice
  • Suitable use of words and phrases
  • Range of words and phrases
  • Precision and accuracy
3. Readability

 

  • Format and paragraphing
  • Connectors and transitions
  • Grammar and sentence structure
  • Spelling and punctuation
4. Task Fulfillment

 

  • Relevance
  • Completeness
  • Tone
  • Word count

 

Categories Factors
1. Content/Coherence ·         Number of ideas
·         Quality of ideas
·         Organization of ideas
·         Examples and supporting details
2. Vocabulary ·         Word choice
·         Suitable use of words and phrases
·         Range of words and phrases
·         Precision and accuracy
3. Readability ·         Format and paragraphing
·         Connectors and transitions
·         Grammar and sentence structure
·         Spelling and punctuation
4. Task Fulfillment ·         Relevance
·         Completeness
·         Tone
·         Word count

CELPIP SCORING LEVELS

 

Listening Score Levels

CELPIP Level Listening Score /38
10-12 35-38
9 33-35
8 30-33
7 27-31
6 22-28
5 17-23
4 11-18
3 7-12
M 0-7

 

Reading Score Levels

CELPIP Level Reading Score /38
10-12 33-38
9 31-33
8 28-31
7 24-28
6 19-25
5 15-20
4 10-16
3 8-11
M 0-7

 

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