How to prepare for the CELPIP Speaking Test.

On this page you’ll find some ideas about what to expect and how to prepare for the CELPIP Speaking Test.

Make sure that you get lots of practice speaking about different subjects and organizing your response to fit into the time allowed for each response.

As you get closer to your test date, practice your responses with the timer on the free CELPIP Practice tests

About the
CELPIP Speaking Test


There are 8 CELPIP Speaking Tasks. For each task you listen to instructions through headphones and talk to a computer.

The tasks include:

* giving advice – 90 s.
* talking about a personal experience – 60 s.
* describing a picture – 60 s.
* predicting might happen – 60 s.
* comparing & persuading – 60 s.
* resolving a difficult situation – 60 s.
* expressing your opinion – 90 s.
* describing an unusual situation – 60 s.

For a book of 30 speaking practice tests, please click here

CELPIP Speaking Task 1
Giving Advice

To prepare for CELPIP speaking task 1 you should practice offering advice about things like:

* losing weight
* studying abroad
* getting a job
* learning to drive
* starting a new job
* exercising
* avoiding debt
* buying a gift
* etc.

CELPIP Speaking Task 2
A Personal Experience

To prepare for CELPIP speaking task 2 you should practice talking about some important events in your life.

Consider events that made you feel :

* happy or exuberant
* determined or persistent
* courageous or ambitious
* compassionate or considerate
* resourceful or reliable
* practical or inventive
* etc.

CELPIP Speaking Pictures – Task 3 & 4
Describing & Predicting

To prepare for CELPIP Speaking Pictures tasks you should practice speaking about pictures.

Then, practice describing them for one minute, and predicting what you think might happen.

CELPIP Speaking Task 5
Comparing & Persuading

To prepare for CELPIP speaking task 5 you should practice comparing things and people around you:

* appliances
* instruments
* sports facilities
* houses
* apartments
* resorts
* hotels
* entertainment venues
* etc.


“…Interesting classes. I learn so much…”

CELPIP Speaking Task 6
Dealing with a Difficult Situation

To prepare for CELPIP speaking task 6 you should practice explaining why you think something is right. You could talk about: :

* why you won’t lend your car to someone with a drinking problem.
* why you shouldn’t lend money to someone without a job.
* why your friend shouldn’t marry his or her couch potato boyfriend or girlfriend.
* why you won’t lend your lawnmower to your neighbour.
* etc.

CELPIP Speaking Task 7
Expressing Opinions

To prepare for CELPIP speaking task 7 you should practice expressing your opinion about subjects like:

* education
* family
* employment
* competition
* recreation
* infrastructure
* online shopping
* social media
* etc.

Talk about each of these subjects in terms of advantages and disadvantages.

CELPIP Speaking Task 8
Unusual Situations

To prepare for  CELPIP speaking task 8 you should practice describing unusual situations:

* an unfamiliar game
* an unusual situation
* an odd picture
* an interesting pair of shoes
* a unique piece of furniture
* a strange building
* a crazy hairstyle
* etc.

Practice describing the picture to a friend or family member on the phone.

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