If you are planning to move to Canada then you must pass certain selection factors to be there. Language skill is one of the most important ones. Now to prove the language skills you have to take CELPIP or the IELTS. Here is everything you need to know about CELPIP Writing Section.


Why choose CELPIP?

It stands for Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program.  The highest score on the test is 12. CELPIP has two types. CELPIP general is the most common test that has four categories: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. People take this test for Canadian Residency. Those who are looking for citizenship take CELPIP LS. The test is the same as CELPIP general but with only two categories of Listening and Speaking.

CELPIP is cheaper than IELTS. Each category in the test is one hour except Speaking which is for 20 minutes. In this article, we will be focusing on CELPIP writing.


CEPIP Writing

CELPIP writing is a one-hour-long component and is completed on the computer. So you have the benefit of keeping track of word count and time. It has only two tasks as follows.

Part 1: Writing an email

Part 2: Responding to survey questions

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Tips for CELPIP Writing Part 1: Writing an Email

This section is 27 minutes long, and the word limit is from 150-200 words. The question will give you a situation and you will know what exactly to write in the email. It should not take you more than 5 minutes to brainstorm the idea. This timeframe should give you an outline of the email. Take 20 minutes to type the email and 2 minutes should be enough to proofread your email.

I’m going to provide you with an overview with tips to score high in this writing section of CELPIP.

  • Content

The content should have a logical flow and the ideas should be coherent. Try to stay realistic.

  • Grammar and sentence structure

Try to write short and simple sentences instead of going for complex and compound sentences. Practice your tenses a lot. Be careful in using the right form of the verb.

  • Paragraphs

Your email should ideally have 4-5 paragraphs. Each paragraph contains short sentences and covers the bullet points given in the task.

The email should start with greetings. For example Dear Sir or Dear John. The next paragraph should explain the purpose of the email. After that, you need to explain the situation and the problem. The flow of the content should be realistic and logical. In the last paragraph, you have to give a conclusion. Check your word count and either propose a solution or request the necessary changes. This depends on the given task. Don’t forget to send the email with proper salutations using a nice closing sentence.

  • Vocabulary

Use a variety of vocabulary. Don’t use too simple words and if you are not sure don’t use too difficult vocabulary. You need to read a lot to increase your vocabulary. This applies to all sections of the CELPIP Writing.

  • Contractions

There should be no contractions in the formal writing style.

  • Formating

Be very careful in giving proper spacing after each paragraph. Both greetings and salutations should be written on the left-hand side. Add commas after greetings. All first letters should be capitalized. Proofread your email for spelling and repetition.


Tips for CELPIP Writing Task 2: Responding to survey question

In this part, you have to answer a survey question, and you have 26 minutes for the task. A situation will be given and there will be two options to choose from. You will have the choice to select the option you prefer. You need to explain the reason for choosing this option. The length is the same 150-200 words as in Writing Part 1.

Following are the important key points to consider while Writing Part 2 of CELPIP.

  • Format

You can write your response either in a letter or essay format. Since surveys are anonymous so there are no greetings in this task.

  • Kind of Topic

First of all, you need to understand the topic. If it’s an argument then you should present both sides and then agree to one. If the topic is opinion-based, then you need to give your point of view. If it’s a problem then you should discuss it first and then offer some solution in the conclusion.

  • Choosing the option:

This task is easier than writing an email because it’s all about your opinion. You can choose from the two given options. You can select any option you prefer or perhaps you can choose an option that you find is easier. It’s recommended you choose the option that you have a better understanding of. You should use the proper expression to state your choice such as “ In my opinion, …

  • Paragraphs

This section should ideally have 4 paragraphs. Each paragraph has 40-50 words. The first paragraph is the introductory paragraph. Here, you explain which option you have chosen and why. You should have at least two ideas or arguments to defend your opinion. Explain to them both in a paragraph each. In the last paragraph, you have to give a conclusion. In this paragraph, you have to summarize the situation with a positive sentence. This should be in coherence with the reasons you have already provided. You should keep this tip in mind for all sections of the CELPIP Writing.

You can give examples to support your argument.

  • Transition and connectors

Use the right transitions and connectors to show the relationships between the sentence. There should be consistency and logical flow of ideas in the paragraphs.

  • Proofread

Proofreading is the most important thing. You know the rules so make sure you don’t lose marks over small issues. It will take 2 minutes to read the content again and find mistakes or duplication.

Whether you are a native speaker or non-native you need to have strong tenses and grammar. You can take a few practice exams to find out your weak areas. We don’t want to see you struggling over vocabulary and ideas. So. read more newspapers and magazines to gather some quality ideas. We believe if you follow these guidelines you can get a high score in the CELPIP Writing tasks.


I hope that this article on the CELPIP Writing Section was helpful. Make sure to also check out the Canada Programs for International Students!