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About CELPIP – What Is This?

About CELPIP – What Is This?

January 21, 2020
The CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) Test has provided an alternative way for applicants to show their English skills since it was first introduced to Canadian citizenship applicants in 2012. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officially accepts two immigration-language English tests: CELPIP-General and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – General Training Test.

The CELPIP-General test evaluates the general level of functional English skills at work and the community. The CELPIP-Test consists of four elements, just like the IELTS-General Test: speaking, reading, writing and listening.

The CELPIP Test is administered by Paragon Testing Enterprises, a subsidiary of the University of British Columbia (UBC). There are three main kinds including:

  • CELPIP-General is suitable for people who need proof of English-language skills when applying for permanent resident status in Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Start-up Visa Program, and various Provincial Nominee Programs, or for employment.
  • CELPIP-General LS is suitable for people who need proof of listening and speaking proficiency for Canadian citizenship. The CELPIP-General LS Test is accepted by IRCC as one of only two designated English language for Canadian citizenship.[5]
  • CELPIP-Academic Test: However, it was retired by Paragon Testing Enterprises in June 2015, with the acquisition of the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment


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