Candidates often ask this question, ‘which test is easy- CELPIP or IELTS?’ The truth is none of the tests is easy but there are some points in the tests that outweigh the other when compared. (Discuss your queries live with India Best Coaching Institute Mentors), For Free
CELPIP is the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program, and IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. These tests are intended to assess English language proficiency, are both tests are used for study, work and immigration, although the CELPIP was specifically considered for Canadian English assessment. The CELPIP is appropriate for people who want to attain permanent residency in Canada or citizenship.
In reading and listening, you will find CELPIP easier than the IELTS. Similarly in speaking you will know that IELTS gets easier than CELPIP. There are some points you should keep in mind before deciding which test to take. If you are taking the test for immigration then you must keep in mind all the points before giving the test. Think about all the options you think you can ace in CELPIP or IELTS before the test. Consider your strengths and weaknesses. In which area you are excelling and in which area you need improvement. For example, if you are great at speaking then you should go for the CELPIP test. If you want a computer-based test then you have to go for CELPIP. Keep in mind that if your desired country accepts which of these test-IELTS or CELPIP.
Purpose of IELTS and CELPIP
There is a purpose to each of the tests. Each test is focus-specific. For example, if you want to apply for immigration then you have to take IELTS general and if you are applying for education then go for IELTS academic.
● IELTS academic is given when you are taking admission in Canadian and non-Canadian speaking universities. Similarly, for professional recognition as a doctor, engineer, and nurse, etc. in Canada you have to take the IELTS academic.
● If you are applying for permanent residency in Canada then you have to take IELTS general test. Immigrating to Australia, New Zealand and UK also requires IELTS general test.
● CELPIP General Test is also taken to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency. Some private colleges in Canada also accept CELPIP General.
● Applying for Canadian Citizenship requires CELPIP LS.
Consider Strengths and Weaknesses of Each Test
Each of the tests has some strengths and weaknesses, consider in mind before deciding:
● In the reading and listening section of CELPIP, you will see the multiple-choice questions are easier than the IELTS one.
● If you are good at speaking then you will find IELTS speaking easier than CELPIP.
● If you are good at typing then you will find the computer base tests for both IELTS and CELPIP easier than IELTS paper-based tests.
● If you have good writing speed with a pencil then you find the IELTS paper base test far easier.
● If you retain the information effectively while underlining words on the paper then it’s better to go for the IELTS paper-based test.
● Both tests have different validity, IELTS is valid for two years from the test date whereas CELPIP is valid for different periods depending on the institutions.
● Both tests are recognized differently all over the world. IELTS is more potent than CELPIP because it is recognized globally. CELPIP is recognized only in Canada.
How the tests differ from each other?
CELPIP or IELTS writing?
When it comes to the writing section it depends on your comfort level. If you find it easier to write on the computer then CELPIP and IELTS computer-based tests are good for you. However, if you think that you are comfortable with a pencil, then the IELTS paper base test is for you. The computer bases CELPIP and IELTS need two essays. In these essays you have to:
● Finish the essays within the stipulated time
● Give a complete answer.
● Use good structure in essay writing.
● Build cohesive arguments.
● Use grammatical correct sentences.
● Use decent tone and vocabulary.
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CELPIP or IELTS speaking?
Before deciding consider if you are more comfortable with the computer or a physical presence of an examiner to take your speaking test. Some people find it easy to present in front of a person, others are less confident and will talk to computer better.
CELPIP General and CELPIP LS have the same eight speaking tasks. You are marked based on:
● Task achievement
● Good vocabulary
● Listening ability
IELTS General and IELTS academic have the same speaking test, i.e., you have to speak in front of a person. There are three sections in speaking including:
● Analysis and discussion
CELPIP and IELTS listening
CELPIP General and CELPIP LS have the same 40 questions just like in IELTS. In CELPIP you don’t see the questions before the recording so it means you should have a good retaining memory to remember. You should be able to take notes quickly. Answer the questions within the given framework of time.
IELTS General and IELTS Academic have also 40 questions. In this, you will see the questions before listening so that is a positive thing as compared to CELPIP. You should be able to understand the questions quickly because you have to write in a small amount of time while the recording is being played. Make sure that the test centre you choose should be able to give you headphones to listen to it attentively. Otherwise, some test centres use a single source of sound for all of the test takers.
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CELPIP or IELTS reading
If you are habitual to read books online then computer-based test CELPIP test might be easy for you.
CELPIP general reading is a computer-based test. You read the questions on a computer and answer them on the computer. The CELPIP reading questions should be completed within the given time and they are mostly multiple-choice questions. Here you must choose the answer that fits best. You should completely understand the question to get the correct answer.
IELTS General and Academic reading have different texts to read. You should be able to spell and write clearly and understand how the question works.
Both tests are designed to test your English language skills. Choose the one which suits you best!