CELPIP vs IELTS: Which one should you take for immigration?

by | Sep 24, 2020

IELTS and CELPIP assign a score for each of four language abilities: listening, reading, writing and
speaking. No matter which language test you take, the results must be from within the last two years
(24 months) to be valid.

  • CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
  • IELTS General Training Test: International English Language Testing System


Almost every category of economic immigration to Canada requires the results of a language test in
order to apply.
The version of the test that you need to take, and the score you need to get, depend on
the specific program you are applying under.

Both designated to assess English language proficiency for Immigration
✔ Certain places in Canada have a higher fee
✔ Outside of Canada, IELTS has different fees
✔ The level of difficulty is almost same in both exams

Writing:
CELPIP: feel less pressure on computer and prefer typing and see timing and word count
IELTS: prefer writing on paper and track of own time

Speaking:
CELPIP: record your voice on the computer
IELTS: a live conversation with an examiner in person

CELPIP or IELTS
English exam
level of English
level of English

CELPIP General Test (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program)

  • Format: entirely computer-based test
  • Design: Canadian English
  • Score: score of 1 to 12 for each section
  • Version: General for Immigration, LS (Listening/Speaking) for Canadian citizenship
  • Writing: email writing and respond to survey questions
  • Speaking: 7 sections (describing an experience and expressing your opinion, giving advice and
    dealing with difficult situation
  • Price: $265 + tax in Canada
  • Time: includes the transition times between the test components
  • Result: 10-12 calendar days (express available in 3 days with an extra cost of $100)

CELPIP- General: CLB comparison chart


CLB Level


Reading


Writing


Listening


Speaking

1010101010
99999
88888
77777
66666
55555
44444

IELTS General Test (International English Language Testing System)

  • Format: Reading, Writing and Listening are paper based, Speaking in person
  • Design: British English
  • Score: score of 1 to 9 for each section
  • Version: Academic for education, General for Immigration
  • Writing: letter writing and opinion with point of view
  • Speaking: 3 sections (abilities to discuss topics, describing a personal experience, and to express
    your opinion
  • Price: $309 (including tax) in Canada
  • Time: excludes the transition times between the test components
  • Result: 13 calendar days

IELTS- General: CLB comparison chart


CLB Level


Reading


Writing


Listening


Speaking

108.07.58.57.5
97.07.08.07.0
86.56.57.56.5
76.06.06.06.0
65.05.55.55.5
54.05.05.05.0
43.54.04.54.0

Sample test and materials available:

CELPIP: https://secure.paragontesting.ca/InstructionalProducts/
IELTS: https://www.ielts.com/prepare

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