Understanding CELPIP Writing Task 1

Understanding CELPIP Writing Task 1 : CELPIP Writing Task 1 is designed to assess your ability to convey information effectively in written form. It requires you to write an email or a letter responding to a given situation. The task usually presents a problem or scenario that you need to address and provide a clear, concise, and coherent response.

Understanding CELPIP Writing Task 1



Understanding CELPIP Writing Task 1: This blog will provide you with a walkthrough for CELPIP Writing Task 1, which involves writing a letter. We will give you a brief overview and show you what a good answer looks like. However, before we get into that, let’s discuss the approach you need to understand when answering this section.

  • Of course, you need to know that you should spend 27 minutes on your answer, and remember that CELPIP is fully online, so once the timer starts ticking, you have no way of pausing it. You have a good amount of time, so there is no need to panic or stress. Just follow the next steps that I am about to explain.
  • You will be asked to write between 150 to 200 words. I highly recommend that you aim to get as close as possible to 200, but do not exceed 210. If you exceed 210, your score will decrease. Similarly, if you do not exceed 150 or get as close to 180 as possible, your score will also not be as high as desired. So please keep that in mind.





There are only two preparation that I will explain in this session.


1.  Understand the purpose of the letter ( including to whom it is addressed)


When facing the CELPIP Writing task one, two boxes are typically provided. On the left side, you are presented with a situation, while on the right side, you find the type of situation you are in. For example, you may have recently made a purchase and wish to express a complaint, or you may have attended an event and want to offer praise. In addition, you might have received a job update and need to inform someone.


2.  Understand each point that needed to be covered


The left box usually contains three distinct points that should be covered in your email. These points serve as a guide to help you identify the necessary content for your email. Therefore, it is crucial to invest some time brainstorming and considering the points you need to address and the information you want to convey. However, it is important to note that the way you elaborate on these points and the story you tell will be entirely up to you.

Different types of letters serve different purposes. If you are writing a complaint, for instance, your tone should convey irritation and dissatisfaction. You can utilize words like “unsatisfied,” highlighting the wastage of resources or the lack of value, and so on. Conversely, if you are writing a letter praising a positive event, you should incorporate numerous adjectives that accentuate the positive aspects. Understanding the purpose of the letter is crucial, and you should not commence writing until you have accomplished this. Even after understanding the purpose, it remains important to continuously consider it throughout the writing process. Understand each point that is needed to be covered.

To understand each point that needs to be covered, you must ensure that you have a clear idea of what each point will look like. Reaching or getting close to 200 words is not an easy task. Each point should have its paragraph, and you have to write a substantial number of words to meet the word target. Therefore, you need to plan and ensure you have provided enough information without repeating the same point or losing coherence. Avoid jumping around or lacking focus in each paragraph. It is crucial to comprehend the points to prevent discussing unrelated topics




First, let us talk about the structure. Next, the structure is of course, you have a greeting first that counts as one paragraph, and each point will have its body paragraph. 

So you will have three body paragraphs in total and then at the end, you do need a closing paragraph like a closing greeting.  Like a closer of your email every email has that so please make sure that you put that in. So in total, you do need to write five paragraphs.

Do I need to write four paragraphs? No.  try your best to stick with five because that is the ideal number and it will prevent and help you ensure that you are not straying away from the task.  I have put in there the rubric, for your constant reminder, cohesion, lexical resources, and comprehensibility performance so for those of you who have been following our Channel you should know all of those four things by now by heart because those are the essence of your answer.  So if you can fulfil those points you should easily score an attempt of 10.

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Understanding CELPIP Writing Task 1

Now let’s take a look at the sample prompt that you might get in CELPIP writing task 1. 

You recently attended the concert and had a fantastic experience.  Write an email to the event organizer to express your appreciation for the event and suggest just some improvements for future events.   You have to include three points and explain what made the concert amazing.  Provide some suggestions on how it could be improved and thank the event organizer for their hard work and dedication.  So all those three points must be covered in one paragraph each.


Let us look at the sample answer. 

Don’t forget to follow the steps that I have laid out in the beginning, understand what kind of email is this.  This is a compliment email, so you are writing to the organizer saying.  Hey, this is wonderful for me, I want to say that and make sure that you guys know so the email should be enthusiastic, should be positive, but there is a second point of providing suggestions not criticism though be careful with that.  That’s why understanding the points as well is quite important, you are not writing criticism, you are not pointing out significant flaws

You just want to make suggestions on how things could improve. Not that they were bad before, it is just the event can significantly enhance the experience of those who attend.

Sample answer:


Dear Event Organizers

I recently attended the concert that you organized and I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for the incredible experience that I had.  The concert was truly amazing and it exceeded all of my expectations in every way.

Firstly, the choice of the venue was perfect.  The sound quality and lighting were top-notch, making the entire experience truly immersive.  The performers were also fantastic, and their talent and energy were infectious, keeping the entire audience engaged throughout the concert.  Additionally, the way the event was organized, from seating arrangement to the refreshments provided, was seamless and made for a comfortable experience.

While the event was fantastic, there are a few areas where I believe improvements could be made.  One suggestion I have to consider increasing the seating capacity for future events.  I noticed that many people were unable to secure tickets and were left disappointed.

Secondly, it would be great to have a more varied selection of refreshments, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, to cater to a wider range of dietary needs.

Despite these suggestions, I want to reiterate that I thoroughly enjoyed the concert and appreciate the handwork and dedication that went into organizing such an incredible event.  It is evident that a lot of time and effort was put into making the concert a success and it truly showed in the quality of the experience.

Once again, thank you for all the hard work and dedication.  I look forward to attending future events organized by your team.

Best Regards


From the above sample answer, I will highlight a couple of important points that you should try to be capable of to successfully achieve this speed. 


Starting the paragraph Differently

You see that each paragraph starts differently.  You cannot start a paragraph or start a paragraph with “I” “I” “I” or ‘also”  “also”.  Remember try to freshen up your paragraph every time do not use the same structure. 



In addition to that look at the vocabulary as well.  Again this is a formal letter, you need more vocabulary not to show but formal enough to just have that profound meaning that will clearly express what you are trying to say.  Here are a couple of examples:


There is my mouse

Truly immersive and very nice

Energy was infectious


Secure tickets etc

Your vocabulary should reflect the tone of your letter, as these examples demonstrate. Avoid using informal expressions like “cool” or saying, “I don’t know the word stuff.” Such language does not sound formal and gives the impression that you are writing to someone very close to you, without much age difference. In essence, the diction used in the letter should align with the intended recipient. Additionally, pay attention to the transitions within paragraphs. You can observe that there are additional examples here.



CELPIP Writing Task 1 evaluates your ability to communicate effectively in writing, and mastering this task is essential for achieving a high score on the CELPIP test. By understanding the task requirements, planning your response, and implementing effective writing strategies, you can enhance your chances of success. Regular practice and seeking feedback will help you identify and address your weaknesses, ultimately leading to improved performance in the CELPIP Writing Task 1.

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