39 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: https://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!

  5. I think that in the listening part in the IELTS is more difficult than the CELPIP but I don’t know.

    I’ve taken the IELTS three times unfortunately, my band in the IELTS is 5 in the listening I haven’t been able to improve in this part yet. In my writing part I got 6. Also, Reading I believe that is more difficult in the IELTS.

    Do you think CELPIP could be an alternative? I am looking at applying for permanent residency.

    • Hi Daniel,

      Both CELPIP and IELTS are accepted tests for permanent residency applications. You can definitely try taking CELPIP, as you may find the format more suitable for you.

      I would recommend preparing for the modules you are struggling with by taking practice tests or enrolling in a prep program.

      Hope this helps!

  6. Hi, does anyone know if the Ielts score is counted on 1 seat only, or we can combine the scores of 2 test results and pick the highest scores of those to apply?

    • Hi Kate,

      Unfortunately, the score has to be counted based on one sitting, especially if you are using the test score for Canadian immigration or PR application. This is applicable for both IELTS and CELPIP.

  7. Hi, am planning to apply for PR in Canada (with my wife). Will CIC accept CELPIP result for me and IELTS for my wife?
    Expecting your reply.

    • Hello Olufemi,

      Yes, you can use different tests for yourself and your wife. Please remember that the scores of the primary applicant have to meet the requirements of the immigration category you are applying under.

      Also make sure that you have the correct tests done: CELPIP-General Training test or IELTS General Training test. Please remember that academic IELTS will not be accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

      For more information and advice, please talk to an immigration consultant or lawyer, or contact CIC Client Support Centre services.

      Hope this helps!

    • Hello Amr,

      CELPIP General is a four-component test that includes Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. This test is accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) when applying for permanent residency, including Express Entry applications. It is also accepted by the Real Estate Council of British Columbia and Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).

      CELPIP General LS only has two components, Listening and Speaking, and is sufficient for Canadian citizenship applications.

      Hope this helps!

  8. Hi Alex,

    Can i undertake CELPIP test from india? I checked it in CELPIP.CA website, the test centers are given only for canada, USA and UAE.

    Please let me know.

    • Hi Muhammed,

      Unfortunately, India is currently not among the locations where you could take the CELPIP test. Current CELPIP test centres are only available in Canada, USA and UAE.

    • Hello Gurdeep,
      Both CELPIP General LS Test (for Canadian Citizenship) and CELPIP General Test (for PR status in Canada) are currently only available in Canada, Philippines, UAE, and US.

  9. Hello,

    I would be requiring L-8, R-7, S-7, W-7 in IELTS for my PR application. Can someone let me know, what should be the equivalent score in CELPIP?

  10. I have taken IELTS test 5 times but i didn’t get more than 6 in writing.Except writing i got my required score for CLB level.Finally, i am preparing for CELPIP and hopefully i’ll achieve my required score.

    • Hello Kamal!

      We wish you the best of luck! Please talk to our Admissions Officer if you encounter problems or require some extra help in preparing for CELPIP!
      Email: admissions@ashtoncollege.ca (Vancouver inquiries)
      Phone: (604) 628-5784

  11. If we take more than two CELPIP tests, then could we choose which results to be presented as immigration requirements?
    Thank you.

  12. Hi,its difficult to find training centres or trainers to practice for CELPIP -UAE ,what if i approach the ielts trainers for the celpip test.

    • Hello Abdul,

      CELPIP and IELTS are two different tests. If you wish to get an effective training for CELPIP, we highly recommend finding an instructor who has experience preparing students for this test and knows specifics of its format.

      Hope this helps!

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