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What is CELPIP?

The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) is an English Language Proficiency Test accepted by a number of governments, professional organizations, universities, colleges and employers as proof of English language proficiency.

The test provides valid and reliable measurement of a test taker’s English abilities in a variety of everyday situations, such as communicating with co-workers and superiors in the workplace, interacting with friends, understanding newscasts, and interpreting and responding to written materials.

CELPIP is a 100% Canadian-based English exam which is fully computer based. Being a computer-based exam, the results are quickly delivered to the candidate online.

CELPIP is made and developed in Canada at Paragon Testing Enterprises, a subsidiary of British Columbia. It reflects the best Canadian research and incorporates Canadian English and accents as used in Canada. Paragon has become Canada’s leading English Language testing organization and is committed to developing tests that meet the highest quality standards in the field.

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Test Versions and Who needs it?

There are two versions of the CELPIP Test:

  1. CELPIP General Test
    The CELPIP General Test assesses functional listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills, and is accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as proof of English language proficiency for permanent residency in Canada. Other organizations that accept CELPIP General Test include the Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC) and Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
    Format- The CELPIP General has four modules – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Total test time is for approximately 3 hours.
    Time by module:
    Listening:  47-55 Minutes
    Reading:   55-60 Minutes
    Writing:     53-60 Minutes
    Speaking: 15-20 Minutes
  2. CELPIP General-LS Test
    The CELPIP-General LS Test assesses functional listening and speaking proficiency and, is accepted by IRCC as proof of English Language proficiency for Canadian Citizenship and is also accepted for professional designations.
    Format – The CELPIP General-LS Test has two modules – Listening and Speaking. The total test time is for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
    Time by module:
    Listening:  47-55 Minutes
    Speaking: 15-20 Minutes

Why choose CELPIP?

  1. Canadian English and Accent
    The CELPIP is 100% Canadian and it incorporates Canadian English and accents. People looking forward to staying and reside in Canada in the near future can adapt in a better way by choosing CELPIP. Test takers who have been immersing themselves will find that they fit better in the Canadian culture and overall environment.
  2. Computer-Based Exam
    The CELPIP is fully computer delivered, providing test takers with the opportunity to complete all tests in one test sitting i.e. all the modules namely, listening, speaking, reading and speaking with no extra appointments or interviews to register for. CELPIP test taker uses a mouse and a keyboard to appear for their Listening and Writing modules of their test and a computer microphone and headset to complete the Listening and Speaking module of the test.
  3. Quick Online Results
    The results of the test will be given to the candidates within 8 business days. Another option being, getting the test results online in just 3 business days by selecting the Express Rating*.
    You may choose Express Rating or Regular Rating while registering of CELPIP online.

CELPIP Registration

You can register for any of the two variations online HERE.

BITTS is an official test centre for the CELPIP exam. Also, BITTS is the first CELPIP centre to be located in Mississauga.