What is CELPIP?
The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) is an English test where test takers are assessed for their abilities and skills in the English Language. We’ll discuss the best ways to prepare for CELPIP. There are two types of CELPIP tests, one is CELPIP General where you are tested in four modules (listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The other one is CELPIP LS that assesses only speaking and listening proficiency.
The CELPIP General test is designed to apply for immigration and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for individuals who want to get permanent residency in Canada. All four sections of the test are computer-based. They are held at different CELPIP centers all over the world. The CELPIP General LS test has been recognized by IRCC for people who are applying for citizenship in Canada. In the LS test, the two sections of the test speaking and listening are also taken on the computer.
Preparation: Strategies and Tips To Pass CELPIP
Here are some strategies and tips that will help you in passing CELPIP with flying colors:
Prepare a Self-Study Plan
Planning and scheduling is an important factor in executing a project. Similarly, prepare a proper self-study plan for yourself and promise to follow it. The self-study plan will help people who want to do CELPIP preparation at home. For example, if you have 40 days left for the CELPIP exam then divide your days, give 10 days to each module, and work hard on it. In this way you will get yourself acquainted with each module and practice will also be helpful.
Practice on a Computer
CELPIP is a computer-based test, all the sections are delivered on a computer. Practice the free sample test and online tests using a computer. In this way, you will get comfortable with the mouse and keyboard. Your writing speed will also be increased.
Practice Everyday English
Always remember that CELPIP is your test for English proficiency, it is not related to any business field or academic English. So, it is important to use English as speaking and listening to English daily to get a grip over the English language.
Vocabulary and Grammatical Structure
During writing make sure that you are using a variety of vocabulary and good phrases. Do not use similar words again and again. Having a diverse vocabulary leaves a good impression and will get you to score well. Use words from everyday life. Don’t make it complicated. Make sentences having structured grammar.
Time Management For CELPIP
Practice using a timer at home. In the CELPIP test, there is a given time, and it is shown on the computer screen while you are doing your test. Checking on these timers now and then will help you to manage your time.
There are many CELPIP tests available on the CELPIP website. They are sample tests to help you understand what questions and the format will look like.
There are many practice tests available on the CELPIP website. They are free if you sign up and a member. Practice as much as you can so that you are successful on the test day. You will understand the following aspects during the practice tests:
● Time allotment
● Test format
● Types of questions
There are a lot of practice tests available on the internet. Work on these to get familiar with different aspects of the test.
Workshops For CELPIP Test
A free CELPIP workshop is organized on the CELPIP website. Here the organizers will tell you all the information related to the CELPIP test. They also have a casual questions and answers session where you can ask questions and clear your misunderstandings and confusions regarding the tests. Furthermore, free speaking workshops are also held where students prepare for the speaking section. There are also recorded workshops and videos regarding CELPIP on YouTube.
Buy Study Material online
Test takers can also prepare for the CELPIP test by buying study materials and guides that are available online. Each practice test includes the answer key as well which will be helpful for your evaluation. Study guides are in pdf and ebook versions.
Join Online Course
There are also study programs available online. You can join an online course such as Centre for Success, where you will learn tips and tricks regarding the CELPIP test. These courses will provide a detailed version of CELPIP. You will learn strategies, have communicating workshops, mock tests, and responses to your tests from the teachers. The online study program is easily accessible in all countries and is popular due to its flexibility.
The accent is not everything
You should not focus on your accent. Speak naturally and clearly. Do not confuse yourself with the knowledge that you will get high bands if you have a Canadian accent because that is not true.
Sometimes, you will come across difficult vocabulary in the reading and listening section. Do not get stuck there, keep going on. If you get stuck are one thing chances are you may lose time and be left behind. So it’s better to focus on the things that you know and leave the difficult things.
During the test, you will be provided with paper and a pen. You can take notes at any time in the test. Taking notes is important especially during listening and writing. You can write the main idea and the gist of the passage for your convenience.
Reading the whole passage in detail is not very important if you are running out of time. You can use reading strategies like skimming and scanning to answer the questions at the end.
Listen to BBC news and TedX talk
BBC is the world’s most listened-to news station. The reason is it covers a wide range of topics. The topics will help you in getting knowledge which you can use in writing the essay and speaking. It will also get you familiar with the different Accents that will help you in the Listening module.
If you want to get high bands in listening and speaking then do watch TED X talk, you won’t be disappointed. The main idea of the TedX is getting to know about the amazing and inspiring stories of people and learn something from them. These people come from all around the world and have different English accents. In this way, you can learn as many accents of English as much as you want. It is an amazing platform to listen, analyze and learn different accents from around the world.
We hope that these preparation tips will help you in getting high bands in this English language proficiency test. Practice and practice more because this is what makes you perfect!