28 thoughts on “How to prepare for CELPIP – Tips from first-hand experience

  1. I have 7 on speaking and writing in CELPIP while I am doing quite well in the other two sections in CELPIP. I am thinking whether I should try IELTS this time or just CELPIP again?

  2. Hi there!

    Just wondering, do you know how the final CELPIP score is calculated, through all the sections? Are they weighted? Asking for students.



    • Hi Alex,

      It really depends on your experiences and confidence, as well as on the desired score. Learning more about CELPIP format and focus can help you avoid having to write the test several times. It is especially helpful to understand the expectations of the writing and speaking components, as those are graded based on specific criteria that you could miss if you are not familiar with them.

      If you are aiming for CLB 10-12 in all CELPIP components, it would be beneficial for you to go through preparation materials and/or take a prep course. Prep courses offer lots of practice opportunities and are designed for students of all levels.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Dear Sir/madam

    I would like to seat for CELPIP general test. however as I am living out of Canada and do not have access to any accredited institution in my country, I will appreciate if you guide me and tell me how I can get ready for this exam? I read the CELPIP website but I am still confused about its materials that which documents is the best fit for my level.


    • Hello Goly,

      Unfortunately, we don’t offer our CELPIP program in Live Online format at the moment.
      CELPIP offers its Online preparation programs for all four modules of the exam. Taking those would be an effective way to study. You can also purchase study guides or practice tests books from their webiste – https://secure.celpiptest.ca/RegWebApp/#/product-shopping – this would give you a better direction in preparing for your exam!

      Hope this helps!

  4. I have scored 8 bands in ielts.
    Now I am planning to take CELPIP test. what type skills should i assert to score 9 in this test?
    need guidance.

    • Hello Preet,

      Both IELTS and CELPIP test the same set of key language skills – Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.
      Our experienced instructors would be able to give you a more thorough advice on areas to focus on.
      Do not hesitate to talk to our Admissions Officer today and discuss pathways for the most effective preparation for your exam!
      (604) 628-5784

      Hope this helps!

  5. As for me the most difficult part of the test is speaking. You have to give an answer right away without thinking. Using patterns is only the option in this case. I used the book PASS CELPIP® SPEAKING TEST: 8 Tasks to achieve your goals, which is available on Amazon. It helped me to pass that ridiculous test.

  6. I am looking for celpip general study guide. I can’t find this book in my celpip online account. Please refer beneficial study material for preparing celpip.

  7. I am wondering if you provide mock tests do that I can practice before my test . This way I can get a better picture of the celpip environment.

  8. except paragon provided material, Is there any other sites to provide ample amount of practice tests? Like ielts.mentor & others. If so please share.

  9. I recently took the CELPIP test in December. Listening and reading are score10, Writing is 9, and speaking is 7. I felt speaking is hard and you must practice a lot if you want the high score. I mean “practicing” is you much really speak loud instead saying in your heart. I didn’t practice much on speaking. It went so fast and I didn’t have time to prepare. For writing, trying to use some advanced words might help you have a high score. I just use the plain language so my writing score is not high. I have one reading and one writing learning book for CELPIP. If anyone wants them, please let me know. I only charge the total $20 plus shipping fee. If you need the detail about the book, please contact me via email.

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