CELPIP Preparation (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    (Live Online)

  • Duration:

    72 hours

  • Tuition Fee:

    $250 (each course)

Start Date

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Speaking: November 01, 2021 – December 06, 2021

Listening: November 02, 2021 – December 07, 2021

Reading: November 03, 2021 – December 08, 2021

Writing: November 04, 2021 – December 16, 2021


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CELPIP Preparation: Overview

The CELPIP Preparation Program helps future test takers to prepare for the individual components of the CELPIP test (both CELPIP General and CELPIP-General LS). The program emphasizes the requirements and the expectations of each section of the test and increases students' chances of achieving their target score.

Ashton College offers a CELPIP Preparation Program for those planning on taking the CELPIP test. The program is offered live online and is designed to prepare students for individual components of the CELPIP-General and the CELPIP-General LS tests. Students can register for individual modules of their choice, or take the entire training for all four modules of CELPIP test.

The CELPIP Preparation Program allows potential test takers to fully prepare for different components of the CELPIP test, increasing their ability to achieve their target score. For many newcomers to Canada, a high score in language proficiency is a step towards raising their Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) and improving their Express Entry profile.

The CELPIP Preparation Program has been developed by CELPIP experts to assist test takers and ensure they maximize their performance and demonstrate their true level of English language on the test day. The program focuses on improving students’ language skills and helping them better understand the test format, style and expectations.

Benefits of Taking the CELPIP Preparation Program

  • Become familiar with the test format and performance expectations;
  • Learn about the question types and how to respond to them;
  • Sharpen your English skills;
  • Learn how to build your vocabulary;
  • Become a confident CELPIP test taker;
  • Work on improving your score in specific sections of the CELPIP test.

Key Features of the Program

  • Six lessons for each test component;
  • Practice test items in all skills modules;
  • Homework to reinforce learning and the development of good study habits;
  • Vocabulary-building activities.

CELPIP Test Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I take the test from outside of Canada? CELPIP Tests are currently available in various locations in Canada, as well as in the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Locations are continuously expanding, and the full list can be found on the CELPIP Test Location and Fees page.
  • What is the passing score? There is no pass or fail in the test. Each CELPIP test component is given a CELPIP level, and your desired score will vary depending on the English language requirements of the institution to which you are applying. Visit CELPIP website to better understand your CELPIP test score.
  • What is Canadian English? Canadian English contains elements of British English and American English in its vocabulary. To hear what Canadian accent sounds like, please review the Listening component of the Free CELPIP sample tests.

For further information, please visit CELPIP frequently asked questions.

Additional CELPIP Preparation Materials


Sam Behroozian


Sam holds a Master’s degree in TEFL, and TESL Canada standard 3(permanent) as well as TESOL diploma. He has been teaching multiple English & test prep courses including ESL, Writing, IELTS, FCE, TOEFL and CELPIP for ten years in Vancouver. Sam has taught at several colleges such as VGC, VIC, KGIC and SGIC among some others. He has also experienced teaching English for Academic Purposes(EAP) and Writing course in Capilano university and SGIC. He had the opportunity to design the syllabus for his EAP course at SGIC. Sam has recently been teaching online ESL & IELTS courses.


Ramin Hatam

Holding a Master’s degree in TESOL and a TESL Canada Certificate Standard 3 permanent, Ramin has been teaching IELTS, TOEFL, LPI and EAP courses for the past 12 years. From 2007 to 2018, he also worked as the Academic Director of two ESL schools in Vancouver.

Ramin’s education and work experience covers a wide range of disciplines from engineering and industrial design to journalism and newsroom editing, making him a knowledgeable and versatile instructor who enjoys helping students achieve their goals. Ramin is also a co-founder and editor of an English magazine for ESL learners.


Daragh Steadman

Daragh has been teaching ESL in Vancouver since 1992. He has worked at all the Daraghleading language schools in the city and was a Cambridge Examiner for the FCE/CAE.

He was also a Teacher Trainer on the TESOL program at Vancouver Community College.

With a BA Psychology, CELTA certification and a background in Counselling, he brings a warm heart to the learning experience.


*Subject to change without notice


Reading Module

This module prepares students for the fundamental practices in reading that can be used during the reading component of the CELPIP test. The core topics include:

  • Active and passive reading strategies.
  • Retrieving meaning from the context.
  • Making improvements in reading speed.
  • Eliminating wrong answers.

Students will increase their proficiency in the following tasks:

  • Identifying the main ideas in the text.
  • Developing an overall understanding of meaning based on a given context.
  • Understanding paragraph divisions and learning to locate relevant paragraphs and sections in the text.
  • Recognizing the writer’s tone and intentions.
  • Separating facts from opinions and identifying different viewpoints.
  • Applying logic and finding connections between the reading materials and the questions.
  • Gaining more experience with timed reading.

The course is delivered in the following format:

  • CELPIP performance standards and expectations for the reading test.
  • Reading skills: active vs passive reading.
  • Reading skills: eliminating wrong answers.
  • Reading practice.
  • Introduction to vocabulary journal and thematic vocabulary worksheets.

Writing Module

This module provides comprehensive teaching on the best writing strategies for the writing component of the CELPIP test. The key learning areas include:

  • Writing professional and personal emails.
  • Understanding the use of indirect questions and tone.
  • Formatting and dividing text into appropriate paragraphs.
  • Expressing opinions in writing.
  • Using conjunctions and synonyms.
  • Avoiding repetition.

Students will develop note-taking techniques, learn to manage their time, and identify common writing errors and how to correct them. Special attention will be given to the use of transitional words and phrases.

The course is delivered in the following format:

  • CELPIP performance standards and expectations for the writing test.
  • Writing skills: precision and meaning.
  • Writing skills: identifying common errors.
  • Writing practice.
  • Introduction to vocabulary journal and thematic vocabulary worksheets.

Speaking Module

This module helps students develop ideas and improve their speaking skills for the speaking component of the CELPIP test. Students will become proficient in:

  • Organizing thoughts.
  • Giving advice.
  • Using WH questions (who, what, where, why, how) for narratives.
  • Implementing time expressions and transitions.

Students will develop skills in the following areas:

  • Using prepositions.
  • Creating informative descriptions.
  • Making predictions.
  • Making choices and elaborating on the reasons for those choices.
  • Making comparisons.
  • Describing photos in detail.
  • Effectively using intonation and inflexion.

Special attention will be given to students’ ability to state their opinions and the difference between weak and convincing reasons. The course is delivered in the following format:

    • CELPIP performance standards and expectations for the speaking test.
    • Speaking skills: general review.
    • Speaking skills: developing and expanding ideas.
    • Introduction to vocabulary journal and thematic vocabulary worksheets.

Listening Module

This module gives an overview of the question types and expected responses for the listening component of the CELPIP test. This module focuses on the following key areas:

  • Developing an understanding of the situation after listening to it once.
  • Learning to identify the context, main ideas and supporting details for each situation.
  • Anticipating the questions and potential responses, including key factual information.
  • Vocabulary building.
  • Using abbreviations and developing note-taking strategies.

Students will practice identifying relevant and irrelevant information, interpreting visual clues, distinguishing between facts and opinions, and identifying the differences between summaries and paraphrases. The course is delivered in the following format:

  • CELPIP performance standards and expectations for the listening test;
  • Listening skills.
  • Listening test format.
  • Listening practice test booklet.
  • Predictions based on pictures.
  • Reduced speech in conversation.
  • Introduction to vocabulary journal and thematic vocabulary worksheets.


LIVE Online

Part Time:

  • CELPIP Speaking: November 01, 2021 – December 06, 2021
    • Webinars will be held on Mondays from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. PST
  • CELPIP Listening: November 02, 2021 – December 07, 2021
    • Webinars will be held on Tuesdays from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. PST
  • CELPIP Reading: November 03, 2021 – December 08, 2021
    • Webinars will be held on Wednesdays from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. PST
  • CELPIP Writing: November 04, 2021 – December 16, 2021
    • Webinars will be held on Thursdays from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. PST


The registration fee for each course is $250* ($1,000* for all 4 modules).

*The registration fee does not include the cost of all required materials and/or textbooks.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. For the online classes, students need to have a fully functional computer system with a webcam, speakers and microphone or headset and headphones, along with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Though the classes can be accessed using smartphones and tablets, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer for a better learning experience.

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