Canada Allows Results From New CELPIP Test As Proof English Language Skills for the skilled worker and professional category. Note that the CELPIP is not acceptable for all catefories!
You may remember an old television ad for Tetly Tea: “Only in Canada You Say!”
Canada requires proof of English Language proficiency to immigrate to Canada. For many years the IELTS has been the only game in town when it comes to establishing proof of English language proficiency for purposes of Canada immigration. That has changed.
The IELTS must now compete with the newly released CELPIP Test. The acronym stands for:
“Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program”
Like the IELTS there is both an Academic (used to study in Canada) and a General Version (used for immigration to Canada). The CELPIP originates from the University of British Columbia, uses Canadian English (whatever that is), is computer based, and is administered by a an organization called “Paragon Testing”.
There is presently an opportunity to take a free sample test. Preparation materials are low cost.
I am intrigued by the fact that the CELPIP tests “Canadian English”. Sounds interesting. This may NOT turn out to be a sound marketing strategy. IELTS and TOEFL are used internationally. Therefore, those who are undergoing English Language testing for academic purposes may be better off taking the IELTS or TOEFL.
The CELPIP is an interesting innovation. It will be interesting to see how it develops.
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