Taking Your IELTS or CELPIP Test in Canada or Abroad
To take your International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, English test, which, along with the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program, or CELPIP, is one of the two CIC-recognized English tests, you must first realize that you need to take the General Training module and not the Academic module. In the case of CELPIP, it has 3 different tests. You must take the CELPIP-General Test as of April 1, 2014. The CELPIP-General LS test is an abbreviated version of the General test that focuses on listening and speaking skills and has been used by CIC in the past to assess the language proficiency of applicants, but the Express Entry program only accepts the CELPIP-General 2014 test. It is recommended you take the CELPIP-General 2014 test.
We have outlined in a previous article how to prepare for an IELTS English test and improve your scores and chances of success. The process for booking a test with IELTS is similar inside Canada and abroad. What varies is the number of test centres available in Canada, compared to many of the other countries around the world where IELTS is available. Your choice of taking the test in Canada or abroad will depend on whether you are applying inland or overseas for permanent residence or a student or temporary work visa with English language requirements. An inland application means you should take the test in Canada, while an overseas application means you have to find the nearest test centre to your location abroad. The step-by-step process for IELTS is as follows:
The Listening part lasts 40 minutes and has approximately 40 questions divided into 7 parts:
The Reading portion lasts 60 minutes and has about 45 questions divided into 5 parts:
The Writing portion lasts 60 minutes and has 2 parts each with one question:
The Speaking portion lasts 20 minutes and has 8 parts with one question or subject matter in each, after first going through a practice question:
The next step is to go here and click on a province to find test dates and locations nearest you in Canada. Scroll down the menu to find the next available General test, not the General LS test. You will find that you need to book at least a few weeks ahead of time to assure yourself of a space. Choose a time and test centre depending on what city you are in. For example, at 10:00 AM on Friday, February 27, Precise Solutions located in Suite 3006 in the Yonge & Eglinton Centre, located at 2300 Yonge Street is the sitting for a general test.
Once you have selected a time and date you must register with CELPIP at least 5 days before your exam date after which registration is closed. There are 3 ways to register:
Online: This is the recommended method. Go here to start your online registration. There are several steps to the online registration process:
By Mail: https://www.celpip.ca/take-celpip/overview/o here to download and complete the CELPIP registration form and mail it to the following address:
Paragon Testing Enterprises
110 – 2925 Virtual Way
You must include the appropriate fee which you can find on the form, including the provincial tax applicable. The fee for Ontario for the General Test is C$ 299.45 for example.
In person by registering at the office in Vancouver at the address listed above.
Like IELTS, CELPIP does have many test centres outside of Canada. If you are applying from overseas (from abroad) for permanent resident status or for a student visa to study in Canada, or a temporary work permit, you can use CELPIP around the world. For the updated test location and registration for CELPIP Go Here.
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