CELPIP Speaking Tips

Question: How do I Improve my CELPIP Speaking?


There are several things that you can do before and during the CELPIP speaking test to improve your score. Start by familiarizing yourself with the test format and practice your responses using a range of different topics. One of the things that the examiners like to see is depth. You can add depth to your response by using a variety of tenses and by explaining your statements with lots of details.

CELPIP Speaking Tips
Before the Test

Practice Your Answers

CELPIP Speaking Tips – The speaking tasks are always in the same order, so practice your responses in the sequence you will use in the test.

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

To learn more about our workbook of 30 CELPIP  Speaking Practice tests please click here

Use Appropriate Structures

You will be marked on your grammar and sentence structures.

To score level 5, you need to use level 5 structures. To score level 9, you need to use level 9 structures.

If you do not know which structures belong to which level, you need to take some classes! You may only need one class to familiarize yourself with the requirements! Call!

Use a Broad Vocabulary

You will be marked on your vocabulary.

As you practice answering the eight question types, make a note of any words you have to look up. Make sure you use them next time you practice your response.

Our basic tenses practice workbook, and perfect tenses practice workbook will help you improve your vocabulary and increase your tense accuracy.

Practice Producing Cohesive Responses

You will be marked on your fluency and how well your response sticks together.

Record your responses and listen to yourself for:

* repetition
* big gaps
* frequent self-correction
* obvious thinking in your own language
* answers that don’t make any sense
* anything that hampers your fluency

Prepare Multipurpose Stories

You know that you will be asked to talk about a personal experience, so make up a couple of little stories about yourself that you will be able to use in a variety of situations.

Your ‘most embarrassing moment’ could be the same experience as ‘a time when you felt determined’, or ‘a memorable family outing’. It might even be related to ‘a person who inspired you’. Be creative.

Remember! No-one is going to accuse you of lying – it’s a language test! 

Articles Matter

Use your articles -‘a’, ‘an’ and ‘the’.

Examiners can’t give you a high score if they can’t hear your articles.

CELPIP Speaking Tips
During the Test

Finish your answer within the time allowed

You must finish your answer before the time runs out.

You should have time for a short introduction, a short conclusion, and 6-8 sentences of body.

Use 10-15 seconds for your introduction, use 10-15 seconds for your conclusion, and use the rest of the time for your body, beginning with yoru highest scoring structure.

Imagine the person you’re speaking to

It’s difficult to talk to a computer, especially in a room full of people.

Try to picture the person you are talking to. Imagine that your ‘auntie’ is in the screen listening attentively to everything you have to say.

“…we were more confident after some classes…”

Give Complete Responses

You will be marked on the completeness of your response.

As you practice your responses, make sure they are complete. You must mention everything that the questions ask you about.

Endings Matter

Say the whole word.

If you miss a verb ending, the examiner won’t know whether the action is in the present, past, or future.

If examiners can’t hear these time indicators, they can’t give you the score you want.

Take a Deep Breath

Take a slow, deep breath during the last 5 seconds of your preparation time. It will reduce your stress and help you relax.

Correct Yourself

If you know you’ve made a mistake, correct it.

It is best to speak fluently, but being able to correct yourself shows the examiner that you recognize your error.

There are probably many times when you correct yourself in your native language – it’s normal!

You can submit your recorded CELPIP speaking responses for correction here.

Or email me one recorded response for a free evaluation.

If you need help preparing for your speaking, please call 613-614-6460


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