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Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) is English Language Proficiency Test For Canada Immigration and It is Mandatory and Accepted by most of the English country.

The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program, abbreviated as CELPIP is a prominent tool used by the Canadian government to assess foreign nationals for their English language capabilities.


CELPIP Introduction:

This language assessment program is also widely accepted by schools, colleges, professional organizations, employers and other institutions across Canada as a valid proof of the applicant’s proficiency in English language.

Through this assessment program, the candidates applying for permanent residency in Canada are measured and ranked on the basis of their capability to listen, speak, read, and write in the English language.

The CELPIP English examination is conducted by the firm named “Paragon Testing Enterprise” which is a subsidiary of the “University of British Columbia”.

Paragon Testing Enterprise is the sole Canadian firm that works for IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) and fulfils their requirements of English Assessment for applying candidates.

IRCC considers valid test reports from only two English language examinations – CECLIP and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) General Training Test.

1. Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Test Pattern and Types:

There are two types of CECLIP examination tests – CELPIP-General, and CELPIP-General LS.

  1.  CELPIP-General

The CELPIP-General measures the applicants for general proficiency in English language. The pass results from this examination are accepted for applications for permanent residency to Canada and for the Association of Saskatchewan REALTORS (ASR).

The CELPIP-General is appropriate for candidates applying for immigration to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker ProgramFederal Skilled Traders Program, Canadian Experience Class, Start-up Visa Program and a few other provincial nominee programs of Canada.

The following documents are accepted as identification proof for test registrations :

  • Passport Booklet,
  • Travel Document, or
  • Refugee Protection Claimant Document

Travel documents and the refugee protection claimant documents are considered valid only if those have been approved by Paragon Testing Enterprises prior to the exam date.

     2.  CELPIP Test Format:

The CECLIP-General is an online test and has four sections – reading, writing, speaking and listening. The total duration of the test is 180 minutes.

The listening component of the CECLIP-General has eight parts of which only seven parts are given during the examination. The candidate will not be informed about the part that is to be omitted.

2. CELPIP-General LS

The CECLIP-General LS is accepted for people who need to showcase their listening and speaking proficiency in English language for permanent citizenship of Canada.

This also tests the candidate for his/her general level of proficiency in English.

The IRCC in June 2015 made amendments to the Citizenship Act. According to these amendments, all applicants between 14 to 64 years of age must be proficient in English or French.

They must meet the basic language requirements of listening and speaking in either English or French. For minor applicants aged between 14 to 17, registrations for Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program-CECLIP-General LS are also accepted.

The following documents are accepted as identification proofs for candidates who wish to appear for the CECLIP-General LS examination:

  • Canadian Permanent Resident Card,
  • Passport Booklet, or
  • Travel Document

Important Link for IELTS Exam:

CELPIP Test Format:

The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program-CECLIP-General LS is also an online computer based examination just like CECLIP-General. This examination has just two components – listening and speaking.

The listening part has eight components of which only seven are to be attempted but the candidate is not informed about the one that is to be omitted. The CECLIP-General LS examination is of 180 minutes.

CELPIP Scoring:

The test format and scoring criteria for both CECLIP-General and CECLIP-General LS are referenced to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB).

The examination results are released online in eight days from the date of test. The Paragon Testing Enterprise also sends over two hard copies of the official CELPIP report cards through the Canada Post Regular Mail

Express rating for CELPIP tests are available at an additional fee. The express rating scores for each candidate are released to their CELPIP profiles in three working days from the date of taking the test.

Hard copies of the express ratings are sent through the Canada Post Express Post.

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There are total 33 centres across Canada for the candidate to take the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program examination. There is one special center in United Arab Emirates, Dubai as well.

The candidate can check the center availability while applying and choose the one that is nearest or most accessible to take the test.

Must read: Other important pnp program before applying for the Canada pr visa: PNP PROGRAM , Ontario PNP , Alberta PNP ,  British Columbia PNP , Manitoba PNP , Quebec PNP , Saskatchewan PNP , Nova Scotia PNP , New Brunswick PNP , Yukon PNP , Prince Edward Island PNP , Newfoundland PNP,


There are many free sample tests of CECLIP available on the CECLIP online portal itself. The candidate can easily practice a few times before actually taking the exam.

Paragon Testing Enterprise has also made arrangements for the candidates to appear for a CECLIP mock test in a real testing environment.

They have also prepared a huge resource library and a massive collection of study materials for all modules of the examination. There are many individual coaching institutes across the world that prepare you for the test and improve your chances of clearing it in the first attempt itself.

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