IELTS GT and CELPIP G are 2 English Language Tests that are accepted by IRCC for Permanent Residence Applications.

CELPIP – The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
IELTS – The International English Language Test

There are 2 types of CELPIP Exam
General – includes all 4 skill components
General LS – includes Listening & Speaking
CELPIP General is the valid test for PR applications with IRCC.
CELPIP General LS is usually taken for Canadian Citizenship Purposes.

There are 2 types of IELTS Exam

  1. General
  2. Academic

IELTS General is the valid test for PR applications with IRCC.
IELTS Academic is for Study or Academic Purposes.

Test Mode 100% Computer Based Paper Exam or Computer Exam
Test Sections Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking
Test Duration Single 3-Hour Test Sitting 3-Hour Test (L, R, W) + Speaking Test
Results Within 4 to 5 Days Express Rating also available In 13 Days
Scoring NA to 12 1 to 9
Availability Canada, US, UAE, China, India, Singapore, Philippines 140 Countries
Test Fee CAD $280+ CAD $319+

The Level of Difficulty on both tests are similar. You may find certain test section easier in one than the other. Some key differences of both tests are listed below.

CELPIP Listening section uses Canadian Speakers, whereas IELTS Listening uses native speakers of Canada, Australia, US, and UK. CELPIP Listening Section may include some non-scored Test Development sections.

Reading sections of both IELTS and CELPIP are almost similar. Depending on your preference, you may prefer reading on a computer screen or on a paper.

Writing Section of IELTS Paper-based exam includes writing on paper. On the other hand, CELPIP Writing includes typing. Some may feel flow of thoughts lining up with their Typing speed while others may feel more comfortable in traditional paper-based writing.
CELPIP has built-in spell-checker which is an advantage compared to Writing of IELTS Paper-based test.

Speaking Component of IELTS Exam is a direct conversation with an examiner. While in CELPIP Speaking, you record your responses in Computer. Depending on your comfort level, you may excel at speaking face-to-face or recording yourself in computer.

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