The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) is a general English language proficiency test. The CELPIP Test allows test takers to demonstrate their ability to function in English. The test clearly, accurately, and precisely assess 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.

Why take Celpip?

The CELPIP Tests are Canada’s leading general English tests for immigration and professional designation. Done in just one sitting and includes features such as a personal timer, word counter, and spell-check. Easy-to-understand English and vocabulary taken from everyday situations.

What is the difference between the Celpip General and Celpip General LS?

Celpip General

Takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be done in one sitting. Evaluates test taker’s English speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills and is used for permanent residence applications and professional designations.

Celpip General LS

Celpip general LS takes approximately 1 hour to complete and can be done in one sitting with no separate speaking session. Evaluates test taker’s English speaking and listening skills and is used for citizenship applications and professional designation.

Who Accepts CELPIP

The CELPIP Tests are accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

  • Permanent Resident Status
  • Canadian Citizenship
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Start-up Visa Program
  • Various Provincial Nominee Programs

Professional Organizations:

  • BC Corrections
  • BC Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program
  • Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC)
  • Professional Business Accountants’ Society of Canada
  • Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC))
  • UBC Sauder School of Business Mortgage Brokerage in British Columbia Course

Universities, Colleges and Vocational Programs:

  • Ashton College
  • Canadian Arts & Sciences Institute
  • Coast Mountain College
  • Dalhousie University – UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures Program
  • Dominion Herbal College
  • First College
  • Focus College
  • Gateway College Great Plains College
  • MaKami College
  • McKenzie College
  • NorQuest College ELP (English Language Proficiency)
  • Northern Lights College – Health Care Assistant
  • Olds College
  • Pace Canada College – Health Care Assistant
  • Pacific Coast Community College
  • Pacific Link College
  • Pacific Rim Early Childhood Institute
  • Rhodes Wellness College
  • SELC Career College Vancouver
  • Sprott Shaw College
  • Think Tank Training Centre
  • TLC-Edmonton Training for Foreign Caregivers
  • Western Community College

Test Scores

Each component of the CELPIP – General Test and the CELPIP – General LS Test is given a CELPIP level. Below is a chart of each CELPIP level and its corresponding description. 

Test Level DescriptorCELPIP LevelCLB Level
Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts1212
Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts1111
Highly effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts1010
Effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts99
Good proficiency in workplace and community contexts88
Adequate proficiency in workplace and community contexts77
Developing proficiency in workplace and community contexts66
Acquiring proficiency in workplace and community contexts55
Adequate proficiency for daily life activities44
Some proficiency in limited contexts33

Celpip Preparation