8 Tips for the Speaking Component of your CELPIP Test

Published: March 6, 2023

In this post, we have put together 8 helpful tips for the Speaking component of the CELPIP Test.

We’ve heard from many of our test takers that the speaking component of an English proficiency test is one of the most challenging parts of proving their language skills. Follow these 8 strategies to gain confidence and prepare for your test.

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1) Build a practice routine for speaking English.

Practicing your English speaking as much as possible may sound simple, but it is the best way to improve your spoken English skills. Take the time to speak English with your family, your friends, co-workers, and anyone else you interact with daily. Take a few moments to have a short conversation with the cashier at the grocery store or try breaking the ice with your fellow commuters while waiting for the bus or train. The more experience you gain, the more confident you will become!

2) Carefully follow the instructions of the test.

When the time comes to take your CELPIP Test, read the instructions for each prompt carefully. You will be provided with time to read and understand the prompt, and to gather your thoughts accordingly. Think of each point you want to address in your response so that it is fresh in your mind. Each prompt will ask for a response in the context of a specific scenario, so you will be able to imagine yourself in that situation, whether you are being asked to speak about a specific experience, or about plans you have for a future activity.

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3) Make sure you provide a complete answer to the prompt.

Be sure to give our raters as much content as you can so that your speaking proficiency can be assessed. This means that you should try to elaborate as much as possible and provide relevant details to the question, while staying on topic. Remember to use all your allotted time!

4) Use your own life experiences in your responses.

When you are responding to a prompt, be sure to draw from your own experiences. Relating a story that you have lived through and that has meaning to you is not just easier than making something up, it will help you to feel confident and assured in your response.

5) Speak at a natural pace and in a clear voice.

Since the speaking component of the CELPIP Test is completed with a microphone headset, be sure that you are speaking directly into the microphone. Before your test begins, you will be able to test your recording device, and listen to a sample of your own response. Take this time to find the best volume, pace, and tone for replying to your speaking prompts.

6) Avoid repeating words.

Remember: the raters are listening for your ability to speak English using a wide range of words and phrases, so make sure to show off your vocabulary! Don’t repeat the words of the prompt exactly, and instead, rephrase them in your own words. Think of synonyms and paraphrases to express your thoughts.

7) Don’t worry about accents!

We hear from many test takers that are concerned about their accent when speaking English, but please remember that if you are using good grammar, varied vocabulary, and are responding to the speaking prompts thoroughly, your accent will have no impact on how your response is rated.

8) Keep an eye on your time.

Before you begin replying to your speaking tasks, you will be given preparation time to brainstorm your response, and to organize your thoughts. The timer on your screen will tell you how much time you have to prepare, and how much time you have to complete your response when the time comes to record. Use as much time in your response as you can, but be sure to finish speaking before the time is up.

Are you looking for more ways to prepare for your CELPIP test? Visit our free resources page for practice tests, free webinars, strategies from CELPIP experts, and more!

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