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CELPIP General LS Test Format

The CELPIP General LS Exam is officially pronounced for permanent Canadian residence applications and professional designations by the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

This test evaluates candidates’ English speaking and listening skills and is used for citizenship applications and professional designation.

It is an IRCC approved exam and takes 1 hour 10 minutes to complete. The CELPIP General LS exam can be taken in one sitting with no separate speaking session.

The CELPIP General LS test comprises of two sections:


In CELPIP General LS Listening test, you will be required to listen to the given passages and answer the questions accordingly

You will be needed to read answer choices in the Listening Test and give answer

Allotted time:         47–55 minutes

Total no. of Questions:  38

Section componentsSkill tasksNumber of questions
Practice TaskAll listening skills1

Part 1

Listening to problem solving

Question types

Introduction to test-taking strategies

Introduction to vocabulary-building


Part 2

Listening to a daily life conversation

Establishing context5

Part 3

Listening for information

Note-taking strategies of Location and time, main ideas and supporting details6

Part 4

Listening to a News item

Using abbreviations for note-taking


Note-taking to record facts


Part 5

Listening to a discussion

Visual clues

Relevant vs. irrelevant information


Part 6

Listening to viewpoints

Recognizing facts and opinions

Differentiating between summaries and paraphrases

Identifying pros and cons



In the CELPIP General LS Speaking test, you will be asked to read questions and reply to on-screen prompts verbally

Allotted time:    15–20 minutes

Total questions:  8

Section components

Skill tasks

No. of questions

Practice Task

  • Understanding performance standards
  • Review of speaking skills
  • Developing ideas
  • Introduction to vocabulary-building


Task 1

Giving advice

  • Organizing your thoughts
  • Giving advice


Task 2

Talking about a personal experience

  • Using WH questions (what, when, where, who, whom, which, whose, why and how) for narratives
  • Time expressions
  • Transitions


Task 3

Describing a scene

  • Prepositions of location
  • Describing details


Task 4

Making predictions

  • Practice: Describing and making predictions
  • Making predictions from a scene


Task 5

Comparing and persuading

  • Choosing, comparing, and persuading
  • Inflection and intonation


Task 6

Dealing with a difficult situation

Giving effective reasons


Task 7

Expressing Opinions

Stating an opinion


Task 8

Describing an unusual situation

Weak vs. convincing reasons


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