CELPIP writing

How to prepare for CELPIP Writing

All of the essential information concerning the CELPIP Writing test, including how to prepare for it, can be found in one spot.

Here’s what I’ll be covering on this page:

  1. Why should you take the CELPIP General Test?
  2. Important information
  3. Format of the test 
  4. Skills to be assessed
  5. Sample Questions and answers
  6. Practice Questions

1) Why should you take the CELPIP General Test?

People who want to work in or emigrate to Canada must take the CELPIP General test. It is frequently accepted by IRCC for applications for Permanent Residency and takes about 3 hours to complete.
This differs from the CELPIP General LS test, which takes around an hour to complete and is required by IRCC for Canadian citizenship applications.

2) Important facts

The CELPIP Writing portion is where your writing skills will be assessed (don’t worry, because it’s digital, awful handwriting won’t be an issue ;p poor joke, feel free to ignore it).

  • The CELPIP Writing segment has two tasks that must be accomplished in 53 – 60 minutes.
  • Both Task 1 and Task 2 require candidates to write 150-200 words.
  • Formal writing should be used in the responses.
  • A spell-checker and a word counter are available in this writing section.
  • Task 1 has a time limit of 27 minutes, and Task 2 has a time limit of 26 minutes.
  • A candidate should practice this portion every day to improve their chances of getting a high score.

Let’s get into the basic details of the format and the scoring of the CELPIP Writing section.

3) Writing test format

As previously said, this section is divided into two parts:

Task 1 – Writing an Email

Task 2 – Responding to Survey Questions

This section will take between 53 and 60 minutes to complete before moving on to the next.

Task 1 – The test taker will have to compose an email requesting information or explaining the problem in a specific scenario.

The email should be written in one of the following styles, depending on the situation:

  • Formal – if you’re communicating with someone you don’t know.
  • Informal – to a close friend or relative.

There are seven frequent email themes for Task 1:

  1. Apologies
  2. Complaint Email
  3. A Request for Explanation via Email
  4. Application & Resignation Emails
  5. Make an Appointment through Email
  6. An invitation

Task 2 – The Candidate will be required to respond to Survey Questions with a specific point of view, problem, or argument expressed as per the question, and then justify the taken decision.

Task 2 Survey Questions are classified into five categories:

  1. Opinion Survey
  2. Discussion Survey
  3. Problem Solution Survey
  4. Advantages & Disadvantages Survey
  5. Double Question Survey

4) Skills assessed

The following four marking criteria are used to grade the CELPIP General Writing test:

Criteria Important Factors Guiding Questions
Content/ Coherence • Number of ideas
• Quality of ideas
• Organization of ideas
• Examples and supporting details
How well are your ideas organized and developed?
Vocabulary • Word choice
• Suitable use of words and phrases
• Range of words and phrases
• Precision and accuracy
What is the range of your vocabulary and can you use it naturally?
Readability • Format and paragraphing
• Connectors and transitions
• Grammar and sentence structure
• Spelling and punctuation
How easy is it to read and understand your response?
Task Fulfillment • Relevance
• Completeness
• Tone
• Word count
How well did you follow the instructions? Did you use an appropriate tone?

Information in this section was taken from the CELPIP Writing Pro: Target 9+ Study Pack.

The CELPIP General Writing test has two components that are used to evaluate your proficiency in various skill areas. Therefore, the type of task you are asked to complete will determine the assessment criteria for every given question.

5) Sample Questions and answers

Task 1: Writing an Email

You use the local public library several times every week. However, the library is closed on Sundays and Mondays. You think the library should be open every day.

Write an email to the chief librarian in about 150–200 words. Your email should do the following things:

  • Describe the importance of the library for you.
  • Explain why the opening hours don’t work for you.
  • Suggest how people could use the library if it were open every day.

Task 1: Sample Response

Dear Ms. Sonora,
My name is Charles Stevens. As a longstanding resident of the neighborhood, I have had an Annex Library Card for two decades. I truly appreciate the work that you do as the Chief Librarian, in making it such an inclusive environment and fostering the local community.
Now, as a parent of two children (Gary, 6, and Sofia, 4) it is clear to me that the library’s service to the community could be enhanced if opening hours were extended to Sundays and Mondays. As you know, many families have sports activities and shopping scheduled on Saturday mornings. Sunday is the only day on which we could all enjoy the library’s playrooms, youth groups, and creative programs. Monday is the only night on which all members of the Annex Theatrical Troupe can practice in the auditorium.
These opinions are widely shared: parents at Annex Kindergarten are unanimous in their desire to share a Sunday cappuccino in the downstairs coffee shop and to rehearse their lines in the auditorium on Mondays.
Please consider opening the library seven days a week; I hope to raise the issue at your next steering committee meeting.
Warm regards,
Charles Stevens

Task 2: Responding to Survey Questions

Mail Delivery Survey

The government wants to either make people pick up their mail at the post office or have it delivered only twice a week. This will save the government money. The government is asking your opinion of the change.

Choose the option that you prefer. Why do you prefer your choice? Explain the reasons for your choice. Write about 150–200 words.

Option A: I prefer to get my mail at the local post office.

Option B: I prefer to have mail delivered to my home twice a week.

Task 2: Sample Response

There are two primary reasons that I prefer to pick up my mail at the local post office: security and availability.
As a person who regularly sends and receives confidential documents, security is a crucial aspect of my use of Canada Post. The standard mailboxes attached to duplexes in downtown Toronto are insecure. In contrast, the postal storage in Canada Post locations (and pharmacies throughout the city) is protected from casual theft.
The second primary reason that I prefer to pick up my mail is that, even though receiving the mail would require a short walk, it would remain available daily. In my line of work as a commissioner of oaths, a two-day delay in receiving a document can be a serious professional problem. Furthermore, a good walk never did anyone any harm, even, perhaps especially, in the teeth of the February winter.
Finally, I would hope that — should the government institute the new pick-up-your-mail policy — they will also lengthen the hours at Canada Post locations, and broaden the range of pharmacies that can serve as mail handling locations.

**The sample questions and replies listed above were sourced from the CELPIP website.

If you feel a little overwhelmed after reading the above information, don’t worry. The upcoming tutorials will provide you with all of the assistance and step-by-step instructions you’ll need to ace the CELPIP Test. Stay tuned for more writing techniques and strategies.

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