CELPIP Speaking Test: Do’s and Don’ts

During the speaking portion of your CELPIP exam, you may feel overwhelmed or nervous because you want to do a good job but you don’t really know what to expect. The goal of this blog is to hopefully better prepare you for what to expect during the speaking part of your CELPIP exam so you can pass it with confidence!

Before we get further into the essential do’s and don’ts of your speaking part of the test, let’s go over what to do with your voice in general. You should speak at a “normal” level, meaning you shouldn’t speak too quietly or too loudly. If your natural voice is louder than others, try to speak more softly so the rater can better understand what you are saying. If you have a natural voice that is quiet, speak a little be stronger so the rater can clearly hear what you are saying.

With that out of the way, let’s go through some of the important do’s and don’ts for your upcoming CELPIP exam.

Tone and Accent

If you are worried that your accent will be a barrier for you during your exam, don’t be! Your tester will know you have an accent and they won’t take away any points from you for having one. You just have to articulate your words as clear as you can. All they are expecting from you is to speak understandable English.

In terms of the tone, use inflections properly. For example, if you are asking a question, use a higher inflection at the end of your sentence to indicate that a question was just asked. Also use proper inflections for exclamations, disagreements, refusals, etc. Try to avoid using a monotone voice to convey your messages.

Pretend like the tester is a friend you talk to every day to take away some of the stress you might be feeling. Articulate your message as clear as you can so they know exactly what you are saying and speak with confidence!

Use Vocabulary You are Comfortable with

What you should try to do is use adverbs, action verbs, adjectives, and prepositions properly so you can show the tester that you have a good grasp on the English language and can use different techniques in various situations.

What you should try to avoid is using bigger and fancy words to try to impress your tester. Speak with natural words that you would use. If you use a word you don’t know the meaning of, the tester could stop you to define the word you just used.

You should also be confident when you speak. If you make a mistake, don’t stress over it. You will be able to correct yourself if you are aware of any mistakes you make during the exam.

Manage Your Time Properly

You will have 10 seconds before each prompt so use that time to collect your thoughts and relax. When the timer is going down during your exam, don’t let it rush you. Say all the sentences that you can in a clear and concise tone and in a normal speaking volume. After you get through the first prompt with confidence, the rest of the test should be very easy to complete!


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Language Tests for Canadian Immigration: IELTS or CELPIP

For new immigrants to Canada, there are a couple of tests that can be taken to prove your proficiency in the English language. Whether you are taking a test for immigration, academic, or another reason,  you will no doubt be taking either an IELTS or a CELPIP test. Both of these tests are designed to provide a standardized method of proving your proficiency.


The IELTS test stands for International English Language Testing System and is one of the most popular methods of proving your English proficiency. The IELTS is designed to prove your proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The test is broken into four separate elements that are designed to specifically test each element of your English language proficiency.

There are two different types of IELTS that can be taken depending on your purposes for taking the IELTS. The is the IELTS Academic and the IELTS General. The difference in the two is that the academic version of the IELTS is for those that want to study at university, at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, or join a professional association where English is a prerequisite. On the other hand, the general IELTS is if you are interested in applying for Express Entry or other immigration programs in order to establish anywhere in Canada.


CELPIP stands for Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program. This test is an English language proficiency test that is designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada otherwise known as the IRCC. This test is designed to demonstrate that test takers have the ability to function in English. Unlike the IELTS, this test examines the takers ability to use English in everyday situations such as communicating in the workplace, interacting with friends, understanding newscasts, and responding to written materials.

Much like the IELTS, there are two versions of the CELPIP that test takers can take. There is the CELPIP-General and the CELPIP-General LS. The CELPIP-General is a test that examines the takers’ ability to listen, read, write, and speak English. On the other hand, the CELPIP-General LS is a test that only deals with the test takers ability to listen and speak in English.

While both tests are used to determine English proficiency there is a clear difference in how each test is conducted and the purpose that each test serves. The IELTS is more focused on those that are aiming for studying in Canada or in pursuing a professional career in Canada. While the IELTS are aimed at professionals or those that are pursuing the education in Canada, the CELPIP tests are aimed at the general or regular immigrant to Canada. Depending on what your purpose is for immigrating to Canada will affect what test you should aim to take.

If you are planning to take either of the English proficiency tests then you should consult with a professional who can ensure that you are ready and can prepare you to take the tests. If you are looking for professionals who can be there to assist with your test-taking process then look to the professionals at Discover English. The knowledgeable staff is there to assist you and ensure that you will achieve a passing grade.


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Tips to Acing the CELPIP Test

Whether you are applying to become a permanent resident of Canada or to become a citizen of Canada, the CELPIP English test is an important milestone towards that goal. The CELPIP test is designated by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)to assess functional English language proficiency.

Depending on what you are applying for you will have to take one of two different tests. If you are applying for permanent residency you’ll have to take the CELPIP – General Test, which assess functional listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. If you are applying for Canadian citizenship you will be taking the CELPIP-General LS which assess listening and speaking skills only.

There are many things you can do to prepare yourself for the tests and improve your chances of success. Featured below are eight tips for before and during the test that should help you.

Remember That CELPIP Tests General English Proficiency

CELPIP is designed to test your general English knowledge, not your business or academic English knowledge. The best way to prepare for this is to just go out and use English in your daily life.

Practise Using a Computer

The entirety of the CELPIP test is done using a computer so knowing how to use a keyboard and mouse is a necessity. Use the computer regularly and even think about taking the free online practice test to familiarise yourself with using a computer.

Manage Your Time During the Test

The CELPIP test is completely computerized. This allows for a timer to be displayed at all times showing how much time you have left for each section. Keep an eye on these timers and don’t forget to pace yourself.

Focus on What You Know

You may come across words you don’t know during parts of the test. Don’t get stuck worrying about the words you don’t know. Focus on the ones that you do and try to find the general meaning of the passage.

Use Different Reading Strategies

You don’t have to know every single word in order to answer the test. Instead, use strategies such as skimming and scanning on the simple questions so you have the time to tackle the tough questions.

Take Notes

You are provided with a notebook and pen during the CELPIP test. Use the notebook to help make sense of what you are reading or writing. Using the notebook during the listening portion of the test can also be a big help.

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