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Your Journey to Live and Work in Canada starts with CELPIP

Prove your English proficiency with the CELPIP Test to support your application for immigration to Canada. The CELPIP Test is officially recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for all programs, including Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program, and Canada's other immigration pathways.

What is the CELPIP?

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 assesses 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

Single North American Accent

Easy-to-understand English and vocabulary taken from everyday situations

Quick Online Results

Available online in just 4 to 5 calendar days after the test date

Free Study Materials

Free sample tests, videos, online information sessions, preparation courses, and webinars

Test Format

The total test time for the CELPIP - General Test time is about 3 hours, and is done in one sitting. You will complete the entire test at a computer in one of our partner test centres, and you will complete each component using a computer keyboard, mouse, and microphone headset. The test is comprised of 4 components:

  • Listening
  • Listen to passages and answer questions

  • 47–55 minutes

  • Reading
  • Read passages and answer questions

  • 55–60 minutes

  • Writing
  • Respond to questions with written answers

  • 53–60 minutes

  • Speaking
  • Reply to on-screen prompts verbally

  • 15–20 minutes

Learn more about CELPIP format

Free Study Materials and Test Preparation

Free resources for the CELPIP Test include: Info Sessions Attend one of our online CELPIP information sessions to learn more about the CELPIP Tests. Listen from home or on the go. All you need to join us are speakers, an internet connection, and a computer or smart device (Apple or Android). Practice Tests We provide 2 complete practice tests for free, so you can familiarize yourself with the test content and format. Additional practice tests are available for purchase in our online store. CELPIP Accelerate When you register for the CELPIP-General or CELPIP-General LS Tests, you will receive Accelerate Starter for free in your CELPIP Account! This online course will help you get the scores you need. Check your CELPIP Account for more information. For those taking the CELPIP-General Test, you will receive about 5 hours of videos, quizzes, and practice questions. CELPIP Live Join us on YouTube for a free livestream! Twice a month, join our CELPIP experts and special guests to learn about preparing for your test, strategies for newcomers to Canada, and more.

Learn more about CELPIP Study Materials

Find a Test

With testing available at over 80 locations around the world, taking the CELPIP Test starts with finding a centre near you. With new international locations opening soon, we are working to bring the CELPIP Test to you.

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