CELPIP Speaking Part 2 Explained

CELPIP Speaking Part 2 Explained


CELPIP Speaking Part 2 Explained


CELPIP Speaking Part 2 ExplainedThe speaking section of CELPIP can be quite confusing as test-takers often struggle with time management and the number of points to cover within the given one minute. With only 15 seconds allotted for the introduction and conclusion and just 45 seconds to answer the actual question, it can be challenging to strike the right balance between quality and quantity.  This blog will explore effective techniques, tips, and sample responses to excel in the CELPIP Speaking Part 2 exam.

CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) Speaking Part 2 is a task that evaluates your ability to speak about a familiar topic for up to one minute. It could be about any everyday topic, such as hobbies, interests, family, work, or education. As a test-taker, answering the prompt using appropriate vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation would be best.

CELPIP Speaking Part 2 – Preparation


In this part of the exam, you are given a prompt and have 20 seconds to prepare your response before being asked to speak for up to one minute.

Therefore you should Listen carefully to the prompt and understand the question to do well on this task.  Further, you should also take advantage of the 20 seconds of preparation time to think about your response and organize your thoughts. Of importance, speak clearly and coherently during your one-minute response, using examples and details to support your ideas.

CELPIP Speaking Part 2  – Strategies


To help you ace the CELPIP speaking test, we will explore some examples and strategies for delivering the best answers in this blog.

Let’s start with a common question asking you to define something, such as your favorite possession, friend, or vocation.

To tackle this, refer to the templates provided by HZad Education Templates, which you can find on our YouTube channel https://youtu.be/GmYo8P2zTb4.

Avoid listing simply ten points, as this may lead to brief and superficial answers lacking descriptive vocabulary.

Limiting your response to 2-3 key points per question is advisable. It’s better to elaborate on each point with 2-3 well-constructed sentences rather than try to include 10-12 points. Therefore, quality always trumps quantity. By explaining each point in detail, providing examples, and using descriptive adjectives and adverbs, you will demonstrate a wider range of vocabulary and effectively convey your message.

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CELPIP Speaking Part 2 – Example I


Below are some sample answers to some of the CELPIP Speaking Part 2 prompts:

Prompt: Describe a place you visited that made a strong impression.

Sample answer: One place that left a strong impression on me was a small village in India that I visited a few years ago. The village was remote and had no access to modern amenities like electricity and running water. Despite this, the people in the village were incredibly welcoming and friendly. Despite their difficult living conditions, I was struck by how content and happy they seemed. Further, I also loved the vibrant colors of their clothes and the beautiful handmade crafts they produced. Overall, it was an eye-opening experience that made me appreciate the simple things in life.



CELPIP Speaking Part 2  – Example II


Prompt: Talk about a person who has positively influenced you.

Sample answer: One person who has positively influenced me is my grandmother. She is a strong and independent woman who has always encouraged me to follow my dreams and not give up. She has faced many challenges in her life but has always managed to remain optimistic and resilient. I think of her and her unwavering determination whenever I feel discouraged or overwhelmed. She also taught me the value of hard work and persistence and how important it is to help others. I am super grateful to have her in my life and hope to be as strong and inspiring as she is.


CELPIP Speaking Part 2  – Example III


Prompt: Discuss when you faced a challenge and how you overcame it.

Sample answer: One challenge I faced was when I moved to a new country to study. I was very homesick and felt overwhelmed by the new environment and culture. However, I knew I had to adapt and make the most of the experience. I started by joining a student club, which allowed me to meet new people and make friends. I also took advantage of the resources offered by the school, such as language classes and academic support. I consciously tried to step out of my comfort zone and try new things, like trying fresh foods and attending cultural events. It wasn’t easy, but eventually, I felt more comfortable and confident in my new surroundings. Looking back, I’m proud of myself for taking on this challenge and learning so much from it.

Remember, these are just sample answers, and your response may vary depending on your personal experiences and perspective. The key is to speak clearly and confidently, using examples and details to support your ideas.




Finally, it’s important to remember that this part of the CELPIP exam assesses your ability to communicate in English rather than your knowledge of a particular topic. So, even if you need to become an expert on the prompt, try speaking confidently and naturally.

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