13 thoughts on “CELPIP versus IELTS: Which One Should You Take?

  1. Just took CELPIP, If you are short on time then choose CELPIP, with respect to scores IELTS is much better, my speaking score in CELPIP is much lower (8.5 in IELTS and 7 in CELPIP). Two reasons: noise cause by other people speaking makes it hard to focus and the fact you’re speaking to machine, not human.

  2. I have hard time bit understanding the british accent, which test is preferable ? what is validity for CELPIP? any free practice test materials?

    • Hi M Ahmmed,

      Both IELTS and CELPIP are valid tests to take as your English proficiency tests. These are currently the only two English language proficiency tests accepted for your Permanent Residency application.

      You can find more information about CELPIP practice materials on the CELPIP official website here: https://www.celpip.ca/

      When it comes to the accent, CELPIP uses Canadian speakers, while IELTS is more likely to use speakers from the UK, among other English-speaking countries.

      Hope this helps!

  3. I want to ask about the sister concern of celpip test. Canadian Academic English language test is used for admission into Canadian universities. Best alternative to ielts academics…. Is cael more difficult than ielts academics?What is the passing rate of cael exam? Computer based one?

  4. As it seems IELTS is more a growing business instead of being a language test system, I think CElPIP may be the future for those who are disappointed with IELTS, and I was wondering if someone do let me know the time it takes to achieve CLB9 in CELPIP for a person with these points(IELTS) ; L:9 R:7.5 W:6 S:7

    • Hi Mahdi,

      Since everyone studies and learns at their own pace, I wouldn’t be able to tell you the exact timeframe it would take you to improve your scores. However, based on your score breakdown, you have a very good chance to score higher with a little bit of extra preparation!

      I would recommend taking a prep course: it would make you more familiar with the test expectations, help you improve your vocabulary and give you enough sample questions and examples to practice for the test.
      You can check out our CELPIP Prep course here: http://www.ashtoncollege.ca/programs/celpip-preparation-program/

      I would also recommend putting extra effort to practice, especially for the writing section. If you have any native speaker friend, engage them in your preparation! You can learn great nuggets from them.

      Hope this helps!

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