Proving Language proficiency for immigration to Canada is a challenging task. Better results in English assessment tests can really improve the chances of candidates applying for immigration.

At present, there are two options preferred by potential immigrants for English assessment, IELTS and CELPIP. Both are accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. However, some candidates find it hard to decide that which test would be better/easier for them. So below you can read some points before taking a decision on the test. As we know both tests have their pros and cons .

The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) is a general English language proficiency test. During the CELPIP Test, candidates need to demonstrate their ability to function in English. The test clearly, accurately, and precisely assesses a test taker’s English abilities in a variety of everyday situations.

There are two versions of the CELPIP Test: the CELPIP-General Test and the CELPIP-General LS Test. CELPIP is approved for Canada PR and Citizenship. The scale of scores used to determine the proficiency level is same as that of Canadian Language benchmark (CLB) scale. As of now, you need to score CLB 9 in all the four modules for most cases of PR.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).The test is approved for Canada PR and at present, candidates need to score 8 in listening and 7 in rest of the modules.

Below is the comparison of IELTS and CELPIP for candidates.

  •  IELTS is a Paper pencil based as well as Computer delivered test, whereas CELPIP is computer delivered test.
  • In case of listening module, there are 7 audio components and 40-46 questions in CELPIP. And the time is given between 47 and 55 minutes. For IELTS listening, there will be four audio components with 40 questions and total time is 40 minutes.
  • In case of Reading, Students find CELPIP easier as in all the questions there will be multiple choices. (Either in the form of multiple statements to choose from(MCQs) or four options for blanks). No other types of questions are asked. Contrary to this, in case of IELTS, there are 10 types of questions (MCQS, BLANKS, HEADINGS, T/F/NG……) that are asked.
  • Writing in CELPIP contains two questions with word limit of 150-200 words for each & the time given is 53-60 minutes. But in case of IELTS, word limit for task 1 is minimum 150 words. Whereas for task 2 ,it is minimum 250 words. The advantage of CELPIP writing is that there is a spell checker built in the word-processor. Therefore candidate need not to worry about wrong spellings. As the candidates who appear in IELTS GT OR CELPIP, work mostly on the computer at their workplace. So it is obvious that the spell check feature in CELPIP works to their advantage.
  • For CELPIP speaking, candidates record their response through microphone and headphones. Whereas in case of IELTS, a human interacts with the candidate to assess speaking proficiency. Students have reported that they feel less hesitation while responding to questions for CELPIP as there is no live examiner.
  • Cost of both the tests is almost same.
  • `Test result of CELPIP is declared in 10-12 days. Whereas the result of IELTS (Paper based) becomes available in 13 days  and that of Computer delivered in 5-7 days.

At the end, it can be said that not everyone has same perception for the things they experience. Some prefer IELTS, whereas others give a  thumbs up to CELPIP. It depends upon the candidates that which tests suits them more based on their capabilities.

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