Question:

Is IELTS easier than CELPIP?

Answer:

While no English test is easy, there are some things you should take into consideration when deciding which language test to take.

Think carefully about your language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking as well as the validity of the test and its acceptability in the country and institution you need it for?

Consider: Why you are taking it.

  • Do you need it for immigration to Canada or somewhere else?
  • Do you need it to complete your application to a college or university?
  • Do you need it to get a work permit from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)?

Consider: What your strengths and weaknesses are.

  • Do you have difficulty understanding non-Canadian accents?
  • Do you have trouble typing?
  • Do you prefer to write with a pencil?
  • Do you read better on a screen or on paper?
  • Is it easier for you to speak to a person or a computer?

Consider: Which countries and institutions recognize it.

  • Does the country accept it?
  • Does the institution accept it?
  • How long is the test valid?

CELPIP or IELTS – Think Purpose!

Think about the purpose of CELPIP vs IELTS. Each of the tests is focus-specific; so, if you need both immigration and accreditation, you will have to take both IELTS General and IELTS Academic.

Take IELTS Academic for:

* courses at most Canadian and non-Canadian English speaking institutions
* professional recognition as an engineer, doctor, teacher, nurse, etc. in Canada.

Click here to register for the IELTS Academic Test.

Take IELTS General to:

* immigrate to Australia, New Zealand, and the UK
* apply for Canadian Permanent Residency

Click here to register for the IELTS General Test

Take CELPIP General to:

* apply for Canadian Permanent Residency
* apply to some private colleges

Click here to register for the CELPIP General test

 Take CELPIP LS to:

* apply for Canadian Citizenship

Click here to register for the CELPIP LS test

Think about your Strengths & Weaknesses! 

If you prefer multiple choice questions, you may find that CELPIP reading and listening are easier than IELTS.

If you prefer speaking to a person, you may find IELTS easier than CELPIP.

If you type well, you may find the computer based tests for IELTS and CELPIP easier than the IELTS paper based test.

If you don’t spell well, you may find the multiple choice responses on the CELPIP test easier than IELTS.

If you write better with a pencil, it may be easier for you to get a higher score in a paper-based IELTS test.

If you work well on a computer and have refined your techniques for retaining the information that you read on a monitor, then you may find  the computer based tests that both IELTS and CELPIP offer easier than the IELTS paper-based test.

If you retain information better when you can underline words on paper, it may be easier for you to get a higher score in a paper-based IELTS test.

Think about Validity!

CELPIP and IELTS are valid for different times

* IELTS is valid for 2 years.
* CELPIP is valid for different periods depending on the institution

Think about Recognition

CELPIP and IELTS are recognized differently:

* IELTS is more portable than CELPIP because it is recognized globally.
* CELPIP is only recognized in Canada.

CELPIP or IELTS: How do they differ? 

CELPIP or IELTS Writing

When it comes to writing, whether CELPIP or IELTS is easier really depends on your comfort level with a computer.

If you’re comfortable writing on a computer, then the computer-based  CELPIP and IELTS tests may be easiest. However, if you prefer to write with a pencil, the paper-based test from IELTS is easier than CELPIP.

In the CELPIP test you can spell-check your words, but in the computer-based IELTS test, you can’t spell-check!

The computer based tests from IELTS and CELPIP require you to write two essays. In these essays you must:

* complete your essay within the given time
* provide a complete answer
* know and use your essay formats
* create a cohesive and coherent response
* use accurate tenses and grammar
* use appropriate tone and vocabulary

CELPIP or IELTS Speaking 

When you’re considering CELPIP vs IELTS to decide which is easiest, think about whether you prefer speaking to a computer or a person. For some people it is more natural to speak to a person. For them it is easier to get a high IELTS score.

CELPIP General and CELPIP LS complete the same eight speaking tasks. The questions are scored on:

* content
* vocabulary
* listenability
* task fulfillment

The level of formality changes depending on the person you are asked to speak to.

IELTS General and IELTS Academic complete the same speaking tasks in a face-to-face ‘informal conversation’.

The test is in three sections:

* introduction
* presentation
* discussion

If you are preparing for a language test, our IELTS speaking tips or our CELPIP speaking tips may give you some ideas that improve your score. If you need help, please join us for an online workshop or talk to us about tutoring.

CELPIP vs IELTS Listening

When you’re looking at CELPIP vs IELTS to decide which is easiest, consider how well you spell.

CELPIP General and LS complete the same 40 listening tasks. You do not see the questions before you hear the recording, so you must:

* have a very good memory
* have excellent note-taking skills
* understand the questions quickly
* complete your answer within the given time

IELTS General and IELTS Academic complete the same listening tasks.

In both the paper-based and computer-based tests, you will see the questions before you listen to the recording. You must:

* understand the questions quickly
* spell accurately
* recognize numbers and letters

Some testing centers use a single sound source for everyone in the room. That can make it very difficult to hear all of the details, especially if someone is coughing! Other test centers use headphones. Make sure you check with the testing center before you register.

CELPIP or IELTS Reading

If you prefer following a text on paper, you may find it difficult to get a high score on a computer-based test.

CELPIP General Reading is completed on a computer. You read and answer the questions on a computer.

The CELPIP reading questions are timed and mostly multiple choice questions. You must:

* choose the best answer
* complete your answer within the given time
* understand the text fully and quickly
* understand how the questions work

IELTS General and Academic Reading use different texts. In both tests you must:

* write clearly
* spell accurately
* understand the text fully and quickly
* understand how the questions work

IELTS Paper-based vs IELTS Computer-based Reading

If you like to write notes in the margin, underline keywords, and circle dates,  the paper-based test may be easier.