What Does the CELPIP-General Sample Test Cover?


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The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program/ CELPIP-General Sample test covers all four sections of the official test. There is a listening test, a reading test, a writing test and a speaking test. The applicant has three hours to complete the test.

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The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program is a Web-based English language proficiency test that is frequently given to people who need to demonstrate proficiency in English-language skills for immigration to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, Start-up Visa Program, and various Provincial Nominee Programs or to obtain employment. The test is administered by Paragon Testing Enterprises, a subsidiary of the University of British Columbia.

Each section of the listening, reading, writing, and speaking portions of the exam are broken down further. For example, the listening section is divided into identifying similar meanings, listening to conversations, listening to the news, and listening to viewpoints. The reading section is broken down to cover reading correspondence, reading a diagram, reading for information, and reading for viewpoints. The writing part consists of writing an email and responding to an opinion survey. The speaking section is composed of practice questions and giving advice, describing a scene, talking about an experience, expressing opinions, dealing with difficulty, comparing and persuading, and describing an unusual situation. The time allowed for each section varies from 20 minutes for the speaking test to 60 minutes for the reading test.

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