Practice writing uncomfortable essays!
The email may be formal, semi-formal or informal.
The question tells you exactly what to write about, and you must write something about each specific point. If you only write about 2 out of 3 points, your maximum score will be 66%!
You may be asked to write an email that:
- shares information
Survey Response Topics
The second CELPIP Writing topic is an essay expressing your opinion about something. In general, this essay often takes the form of a survey response.
When you write your response, you must have a clear structure and a variety of sentence structures. Furthermore, you must include a:
- complete introduction. Specifically, your introduction paraphrases the questions and introduces your main ideas.
- well-developed paragraph for each of your main ideas. Basically, these two paragraphs include a statement, and explanation, and an example.
- conclusion. Generally speaking, this restates your main ideas and answers the question.
“…When I started class with Angela, I was so confused. I understand much better now…”
If you’d like me to evaluate your essay and tell you how to fix it to achieve your score, please submit it to my writing correction service.
CELPIP Writing Topics
Below you’ll find a selection of CELPIP writing Topics.
There are a few things to remember. Firstly, make sure that you practice writing your responses on a computer keyboard because that is what you will use in the test. Secondly, remember that both writing tasks have a word allowance of 150 to 200 words. And thirdly, the total amount of time for each writing task is 30 minutes.
If you would like to practice the writing section with a timer, try these two CELPIP Mock writing tests on my YouTube channel
CELPIP Writing Topics – Email
CELPIP Advice Email
1. A member of your family is thinking about going to university.
Write an email to your family member explaining why some people go to university, why some prefer universities far from home, and which courses you think would be interesting and/or useful.
2. A family member has recently had a baby and is overwhelmed by parenting.
Write an email encouraging the young couple in their new parental role, explaining why you think that parents are the best teachers, and offering support (suggestions for organizations they could turn to, financial, babysitting, etc.)
CELPIP Complaint Email
1. You are an international student studying English at a private language school. Your courses were expensive, and you are disappointed with the quality of instruction, materials, and the time keeping of the other students.
In an email to the School Principal, complain about the situation, and suggest how you would like the issue to be resolved.
2. You recently stayed in a hotel where the service was slow and the room was dirty.
Write an email to the hotel manager complaining about the accommodation and suggesting how the issue might be resolved.
3. You recently ordered a book from an online bookseller. The book you’ve received is not the latest edition, even though you paid extra for the latest edition version. Write an email to the bookseller complaining about the service ,explaining the urgency for the latest edition, describing why the earlier edition is inadequate.
4. You recently visited a zoo where a man died after falling into the tigers’ enclosure. You were unable to do anything but wanted to show your concern for visitors’ safety. Write an email to the zoo’s director describing the incident, complaining about the short fencing, and showing concern for visitors’ safety.
CELPIP Apology Email
1. You work part-time as an Uber driver but forgot to pick up a customer that you had agreed to transport to the airport. Write an email to the client apologizing for not picking him up, explaining why you didn’t pick him up, and offering him a free ride.
2. While shopping in the supermarket, you accidently hit a display with your shopping cart. The display fell onto an young child and hurt him. Write an email to the child’s mother apologizing for hurting her child, explaining what happened, and expressing concern for the child’s welfare.
CELPIP Request Email
1. You have registered for a six-month computer training program at Sambro Community College. Therefore, you want to rent a room from the Sambro Housing Agency. Write an email telling them when you need the room, the type of room you would prefer, and the reason for your request.
2. During your upcoming vacation, you will be visiting a new city. As a result, you want some information about the area. Write an email to the tourist bureau asking them to provide some suggestions for where to go, what to see, and how to get there.
3. You work in a manufacturing unit where your coworkers have been harassing you. Write an email to the HR department describing who harassed you and their relationship to you , when each instance occurred – date, time, and location, and the evidence you have of the situation
4. You and your friends are planning to go to Dubai on vacation. You have to arrange hotel accommodation and need details about hotel rooms and other facilities before making a final decision. Write an email to the hotel managers requesting details about the hotel, describing the type of room, and identifying any special needs (i.e. smoking or non-smoking room)
5. You are experiencing financial problems and want to ask your landlord if you can pay your rent late. Write an email to your landlord explaining why you are writing to him, why you cannot pay the rent, and when you will pay the rent.
6. At the end of the term, your old teacher will be leaving your school and taking maternity leave. Since you no longer attend the school, you would like to arrange a leaving card through a friend. Write an email to your friend asking him to organize a card for your teacher, to circulate it for signatures, and to get it to your teacher before she leaves.
CELPIP Application Email
You’re looking for a part-time job in an office. In about 150 to 200 words, write an email to the office manager in which you apply for the position. As you write your email, you should:
- introduce yourself
- explain your experience and special skills
- tell him or her when you think you could start
You’re looking for a full-time job at an IT company / museum / art gallery.
In about 150 to 200 words, write an email to the HR Manager in which you apply for the position. In your email, you should:
- introduce yourself
- explain your experience and special skills
- tell him or her when you think you could start
CELPIP Writing Topics – Survey Response
- Your city’s administration is considering allocating funds to two possible projects. It has sent out an opinion survey to gauge residents’ preferences for bikes lanes or a pool. Indicate and explain your preference.
- Option A: bike lanes – build new separate lanes for bikers
- Option B: renovate gym – fund a swimming pool and spa centre in an existing gym
2. Every year, your company sponsors a float in the local parade. However, this year has been difficult, and it’s wondering just how important this event is to its staff. Your superiors have sent you a survey asking you to tell them whether you think this is a good investment, or not.
- Option A: Spend money on the parade float
- Option B: Do not spend money on the parade float
3. For years, you have volunteered for a local theater group. The organizers have just received a large donation, so they are circulating a survey to find out whether they should spend the group’s money on costumes or on storage.
- Option A: Spend money on costumes
- Option B: Spend money on storage
The management of your apartment building has decided to upgrade the security. It has sent out an opinion survey to see what residents would like to have as their new security measure.
- Option A: New night vision cameras covering the area around the apartment building
- Option B: installing biometric locks on the doors
1. You work in a company offering IT services. Your company is conducting a survey to understand employees’ work environment preferences.
- Option A: give a salary hike to all the employees on the basis of experience
- Option B: give a salary hike to all employees on the basis of educational qualification
2. A local NGO for gender equality has sent out an opinion survey to know about the general public’s views on pay-equality and gender-specific job placement.
Respond to the survey offering your opinion about either option a or option b.
- Option A: Women are capable of doing all jobs
- Option B: Women are good in some jobs but not fit for all types of work
3. The company you work for would like to ask employees to work on Saturdays for the next two months in order to catch up on its backlog. Therefore, it has circulated a survey asking your opinion about two possible options.
- Option A: Half the staff would work for four hours every Saturday.
- Option B: All the staff would work for two hours every Saturday.
1. A local NGO, working for the betterment of school children, has sent an opinion survey to see what people think about the presence of multimedia gadgets in kids lives.
- Option A: kids should have no access to gadgets like smartphones or iPads etc.
- Option B: kids should be encouraged to read books in their free time.
2. Your local school is considering implementing an online blackboard so that elementary school children can submit their homework online. They’ve already experienced some opposition to the suggestion, so they are now seeking insight into the issue from the broader community. The school has sent you a survey asking you to identify and explain your preference for:
- Option A: kids should submit their homework online
- Option B: children should continue to hand in their homework on paper.
1. An independent agency is conducting a survey on immigration policy. It has sent out an opinion survey to gauge residents’ preferences for the government’s immigration policy. Please identify and explain your preference for:
2. An independent agency is conducting a survey on immigrant services. It has sent out an opinion survey to discover whether immigrants need more support during their transition to Canada. Please identify and explain your preference for:
- Option A: increasing the amount of support provided to immigrants
- Option B: maintaining the current level of support provided to immigrants
Your government is proposing a new agricultural policy, but some organizations oppose it because they feel it is against local farmers. You’ve been asked to to identify and explain your preference for:
- Option A: importing cheaper grains and vegetables from other countries
- Option B: increasing the amount of land under cultivation and supporting local farmers
1. The city administration is considering whether to approve the building of a factory. Since it wants to know how residents feel, it has sent out a survey to get input on whether people would support or oppose the factory? Write a response explaining your position.
- Option A: Build a Factory
- Option B: Do not build a factory
2. Your government is trying to decide between two projects. One project is to build a nuclear plant, the other is a forestation project that would result in a park. You have received an opinion survey asking you to identify and explain your preference for:
- Option A: the nuclear plant project
- Option B: the forestation project
3. Your apartment manager needs to turn off the hot water to your building for maintenance that will take 6 hours. For 6 hours you will be without hot water. He has sent you an opinion survey asking you to identify and explain your preference for:
- Option A: Scheduling the maintenance in the morning from 6am to noon
- Option B: Scheduling the maintenance in the evening from 5pm to 11pm
1. You work in a very big office building that has a cheap, and very popular, restaurant. However, the building manager is thinking of removing the restaurant because he would like to replace it with a childcare facility. Since he doesn’t want his final decision to result in businesses moving out, he has asked which option you would prefer:
- Option A: a Childcare Facility
- Option B: Keep the restaurant
2. After a series of complaints about dogs running off-leash in the community’s parks, your city’s manager is reviewing the rules. You have been asked to explain your preference for:
- Option A: public parks should be primarily for people and dogs should be leashed at all times.
- Option B: public parks tend to be very quiet, so dogs should be allowed to roam freely off-leash provided they are not aggressive
3. Your supervisor would like to reorganize the workspace and is trying to decide who to put in windowless offices. She has sent you an opinion survey asking you to identify and explain your preference for:
- Option A: A personal office with no window
- Option B: A shared office with a window