5 Things You Are Doing WRONG in CELPIP!

CELPIP Master your reading section with these tips! This blog is very important if you are preparing to sit for your CELPIP Exam or if you are planning to take the CELPIP test. There are a few things that you might be doing wrong, which could affect your overall score.

5 Things You Are Doing WRONG in CELPIP!



5 Things You Are Doing WRONG in CELPIP!: This blog is very important if you are preparing to sit for your CELPIP Exam or if you are planning to take the CELPIP test. There are a few things that you might be doing wrong, which could affect your overall score.

In this blog, we will point out five things that students do incorrectly, covering all modules, and we will provide a bonus tip for preparation as the fifth.

Let us look at the five things



In reading one major mistake people make is that they look at the passage and then go to the questions.

To save time in the exam, the simple strategy is to first look at the question and then go to the passage. By following this simple logic, you will be able to save time since time is limited in the exam. However, another mistake that people make is reading all options (a,b,c,d) for multiple-choice questions. This is incorrect because doing so will result in looking for information that is 75% incorrect when you go back to the passage. Out of the four options, three are incorrect. The correct way is to focus on the main question, identify the keywords, and keep in mind that it could be paraphrased.

Bob wanted to buy a chair—–

The passage may not mention a chair at all; it could refer to the furniture instead. Therefore, it is important to be observant of what could be paraphrased.

When you look at the question, you should first search for relevant information in the passage. Once you have done this, you can then review the multiple answers. By following this method, you can find the correct answer by searching for an exact answer instead of a subjective option. However, if you cannot find the exact answer, you should use the process of elimination. Simply eliminate the incorrect answers and select the correct one.




One major mistake that people make is taking notes all the time, which is incorrect. However, there is always confusion about taking too many notes. Let me clarify this: for parts 1-3, you should take almost no notes. On the other hand, for parts 4-6, it’s recommended that you take as many notes as possible because they are the most difficult and lengthy sections. If you take notes in parts 1-3, you might miss some important information that you wouldn’t miss if you were not taking notes. Therefore, it is recommended to use your memory and focus on concentration since there is not much information. However, it is advisable to keep your pen and paper handy because there may be instances where they mention time, roads, streets, directions, etc., and it would be important to jot them down to avoid confusion.

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A major mistake that people make in Writing Part 2 is when they support one opinion without mentioning the other opinion at all. This is also incorrect.

For example

Option A –  build a shopping mall

Option B –  build an amusement park

If an amusement park is chosen, a normal candidate in CELPIP would write about its advantages in both body paragraphs. However, for advanced CELPIP candidates, which is what we teach our students who achieve high scores, a different strategy is employed. In body paragraph 1, the candidate should discuss the positives of their opinion, which is the amusement park. In body paragraph 2, they should focus on the negatives of the other opinion, which is the shopping mall.




An important aspect of Speaking is adapting to the situation. Many people tend to speak like robots, even when conversing with friends. For example, when answering question number 1, which involves giving suggestions to a friend, most of us tend to speak in a robotic tone, saying things like, “Hi Bob, how are you? I heard that you have a problem with your knee. I wanted to give you some suggestions.”

However, this is not how we speak in normal life with friends, and this is precisely what CELPIP is looking for – a natural, conversational tone. The ability to change your tone and adapt it to the person you are speaking to is crucial in these speaking questions. So make sure that your tone feels natural, whether you are speaking to a friend or anyone else in the given situation.  For example, if I am talking to my friend I will talk like this “Hi Bob, how are you, I heard that your knee got fractured, that really sucks man. Is there anything I can do, well if there is any let me know.  But let me tell you three things I think would help you ——-.

Note that there is a fluctuation in my tone when I talk to my friend, which appears natural and realistic. This fluctuation in tone is also evaluated in the CELPIP speaking test.


5 Things You Are Doing WRONG in CELPIP!

During Preparation


Listening to the news is a common concept that is often suggested by IELTS teachers and schools as a preparation strategy for exams. While this approach can be beneficial for improving vocabulary and accent, it may not be entirely applicable to the CELPIP exam. It’s important to understand that the CELPIP exam is different from the IELTS exam.

If you have attempted any CELPIP sample questions, you would have realized that it is a completely unique exam. The questions are focused on your personal emotions and interpretations. You are required to analyze the expressions, emotions, and tones of others, such as anger, happiness, and joy. The exam is essentially assessing your ability to comprehend and interpret other people’s emotions and natural feelings.

Watching Canadian television shows is highly recommended to improve your language skills for the CELPIP exam. By watching these shows online, you can observe how people interact with each other, including using jokes and daily expressions. Since CELPIP is a Canadian exam, it is crucial to learn and understand the expressions commonly used in Canada.




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