CELPIP Reading Practice Test # 1 (HARD)

Take a look at this challenging reading practice exam for the CELPIP, which includes parts 1 through 4. Are you able to get a 9?

CELPIP Hard Reading Practice Test (With Answers)

Check out this extremely difficult CELPIP READING PRACTICE TEST by HZad Education. The answers are included! How will you fare against this challenging CELPIP reading mock test? Let’s find out!


10 minutes: 

Martin Gavin 

175 Pitkin Park Road 

Apt. No. 15 

Montpelier, VT 


Dear Martin: 

Re: Parking Garage Problem 

Please regard this as a letter of apology for the recent problems that I caused you by moving your belongings in the parking garage without your permission. 

Believe me, I had no intention of causing you any issues. Over the long weekend, I decided to rearrange my space in the garage and install some new shelving on the front wall opposite my parking space. While I was at it, I thought I would also tidy up the entire garage. It was during that process that I noticed that your boxes of books were stored, what I thought was, dangerously close to the electric heating element. So, I took the liberty of moving those boxes to the other side of the garage. It didn’t occur to me at the time that this would block the entry and exit on the passenger side of your vehicle. 

After you brought this to my attention Monday evening, I  immediately moved your boxes back to where they were stored originally. As you suggested, by stacking them carefully I was able to place them so that there was sufficient safe clearance from the heating element. I trust you will find everything in order now. 


A thousand apologies for not checking with you first before moving your belongings. I can now see how it would have upset you to return after the holiday weekend and find your belongings moved for no apparent reason. All I can say is that it won’t happen again. 


Jeff Gibson 



  1. What is Jeff’s and Martin’s relationship? 
  • friends 
  • formal contacts 
  • neighbours 
  • family 


  • 2. Why was Jeff organizing everything? 
  • he had some free time on his hands 
  • everything looked messy 
  • he didn’t want the area to be dangerous 
  • he wanted a safe clearance 


  • 3. How would you describe Jeff’s attitude? 
  • friendly 
  • apologetic 
  • straightforward 
  • timid 


  • 4. What possession of Martin was moved? 
  • heating element 
  • shelving 
  • belongings
  • boxes 


  • 5. What was another worry of Jeff? 
  • stacking height of the boxes 
  • if Martin would accept his apology 
  • an unclean garage 
  • Martin’s other family members 


  • 6. How does Jeff finish his letter? 
  • by blaming himself 
  • by asking for another chance 
  • by reflecting on the situation 
  • by offering compensation 


Have a look at the below response letter from Martin to Jeff and answer the following multiple-choice questions:  


Hi Jeff, 

Thank you for taking out the time to explain everything. Although  I was 7. (okay about it/upset at first/indifferent to the situation/ concerned about my missing items), I later realized you were just trying to help. After 8. (the long weekend/the long drive/tiring drive home/rainy weather), I just didn’t want any surprises and  Sarah was a little upset when she 9. (couldn’t get out of the car/ lost her stuff/had to search through the boxes/was so close to the heating element). Also, when I came back 10. (on Sunday/the  other day/two weeks ago/on Monday), I noticed the 11. (stacked boxes/books/new shelves/the other side of the garage). The new look is very good.

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8 minutes: 

Dear Students, 

Have a look at the letter format above. The first thing you will notice from my email today is that the letter in question is 1. (a detailed one/a friendly one/an informal one/a knowledgeable one).  

As you can notice, from the first few instructions, the 2. (punctuation/signoff/margin line/ practice of leaving lines) is not what many think it is. To further this point, I will also add that you may avoid wasting unnecessary time by 3. (keeping it structured/using less lines/avoiding needless commas/writing fewer paragraphs).  

It’s easy to tell that Clint writes 4. (with way too many details/a near perfect letter/with too much emotion/to his Granny often). He also has a technique where he communicates his thoughts by writing the whole thing with a structure that breaks down the details into 5. (four/ two/seven/three) main parts. 

I would need you all to do your research and check similar letter formats. The last exam was very disappointing and I don’t want us to go over this for more than an hour in class, so please take this assignment as homework. I will ask you your opinions on this exercise tomorrow.






  • 6. Mike… 
  • sets class expectations clearly at the beginning 
  • is very detailed in his explanations 
  • went over the letter fairly quickly 
  • expects way too much from his class 


  • 7. What does the teacher think of this letter? 
  • the best version to use 
  • flawed 
  • he wants the class to not write like this 
  • impressive 


  • 8. What can we conclude about the students from this letter? 
  • they are lazy 
  • they cannot live up to Mike’s standards 
  • they always fail 
  • they feel pressured 


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10 minutes: 

A. Magnets are easy to use, safe, and amusing. Two magnets snap together and can stick like glue. Certain objects push  or pull on things because they are magnetic. Magnetism is  another property of some kinds of matter. A magnet has a  north and south pole. The north pole of a magnet will  attract the south pole of a magnet. The north pole of a  magnet will resist the north pole of a magnet, and the  south pole will also resist the south pole. In short, the same poles repel, and opposite poles attract.

B. Two different kinds of permanent magnets are called bar magnets and horse show magnets. The area surrounding  a magnet is called its magnetic field. The magnetic field of  a magnet is an invisible field which is created by its  magnetism. To ancient people, magnetism probably  seemed like magic. The force for magnets to attract or  repel each other or to attract other objects is caused by  moving electrons. 

C. The Earth also contains magnetic materials and behaves like a gigantic magnet. The north pole of a magnet will  point approximately to the Earth’s North Pole and south pole of a magnet to the Earth’s South Pole. A compass  has a magnetic tip on the needle which points towards the  North Pole. Compasses are used to help people prevent  getting lost such as hikers or captains on a ship,   especially many years ago when there was no GPS or  maps to help guide them. A magnet may also be used to  convert an unmagnetized piece of magnetic material, such  as an iron nail, into a magnet. This is done by rubbing it  with the magnet. This is called magnetization. Magnets  made this way are called temporary magnets because  they eventually lose their magnetism.

D. Another method in creating a temporary magnet is by using electricity. This can be done by wrapping an iron nail  with a coil of wire. By passing electricity through the coil of  wire the iron nail will become a temporary magnet or an  electromagnet. The strength of the electromagnet  depends on the size of the electric current and the number  of times the coil is wrapped around the nail. If the electricity stops flowing through the coil the nail will no  longer be magnetic. There are many uses for permanent  magnets and temporary magnets like an electromagnet.  Electric appliances with electric motors use magnets to  turn electricity into motion. Other examples include  electric toothbrushes, fans, lawnmowers, and anything  else containing a motor. Magnets are used to hold doors  closed, such as in refrigerators, kitchen cabinets and others. Magnets are also used to read and write data on a  computer’s hard drive or on old-fashioned cassette tapes.  There are more magnets in headphones and stereo  speakers which help to turn stored music back into the  sounds you can hear. 

Now read the following statements and match the paragraphs where the information in each statement is provided. Write E  against the statements that were not discussed in any paragraph. 
  1. Applications of temporary magnets. ______ 
  2. The reason why compasses work. ______ 
  3. Conflicting qualities of the poles. ______ 
  4. Correlation between size and output. ______ 
  5. A knot in the coil stops electrical flow. ______ 
  6. Unseen forces. ______ 
  7. One pole attracts more than the other. ______ 
  8. Changes in the property of an element. ______ 
  9. The magnetic field theory is the most important concept about magnetism. ______ 



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12 minutes:  

Jack Moore is a unique 18-year-old. He is quite different from the rest of his generation due to his intense dislike towards music. Music, he believes, is a very baseless and meaningless concept where people just react to some noise. They would either sing along or dance along to a melody which at its core is a combination of very basic sounds made by the vibrations of strings or connection of matter. There is nothing more to it. It does not provide any value like a good or service usually provides. It is, in fact, the most random thing on the planet that has the most non-random impact. To elaborate further on the latter, he talks about how the music industry is a multi-billion dollar empire in North America and probably worth trillions when the worldwide influence is taken into account. “Then this word triggers me more, A.K.A. ‘influence’. It is poison. Especially for our generation, it can cloud the youth’s judgement. You often see the passed-out teenagers on dance floors as well as the metalheads who insist on looking anything but normal when under the trance of music,” he boldly asserts. 

Ian Nelson, 67, a senior by quite a margin, goes in a completely  opposite argument, even though you would think the contrary.  For him, he misses how music rejuvenated him during his youth through motivation, and provided for him when he was down. “As a teenager, I used to suffer with a lot of depression along with mental and psychological struggles, just like any normal teenager. Music was always the light at the end of the tunnel for me, lifting me up in my spirits and helping me go through hard times. What’s interesting about Jack’s arguments is that he also mentioned possibly the biggest benefit of music and that is towards the economic area where it creates jobs for millions of people while creating some really lucky superstars who measure their worth in billions now, all thanks to music. It is after all a service that does provide value. Entertainment is value and cannot be overlooked. If you think of what music does to a dance floor or how it makes even the weakest presentations or business advertisements into something that captivates people’s attention and makes them listen, it becomes a force to reckon with. It also is used to compliment a lot of things like movies, occasions such as marriages or funerals, memory albums, and so much more. If this were not a needed service then so wouldn’t be many things like movies or massages or even decorating houses. We can live without all those things too. The point is that somethings just make us happier as human beings even if they have a very little impact or ‘appear’ to provide no meaning”. 


  • 1. To what extent is Jack against music? 
  • Not at all 
  • To some extent 
  • To a great extent 
  • He is indifferent 


  • 2. Jack and Ian… 
  • have different opinions due to their ages 
  • are pessimistic and optimistic people respectively
  • cannot agree on a single point 
  • both comment on the randomness of music 


  • 3. Ian Nelson… 
  • is aware of youth issues 
  • enjoys music with something else 
  • calls music a need 
  • exaggerates by saying music lights up a tunnel 


  • 4. Against which group was sarcasm used? 
  • teenagers 
  • Americans 
  • nightclub’s customers 
  • metalheads 


  • 5. According to Ian, which of the following is NOT an impact of music?
  • financial 
  • social 
  • political 
  • psychological 

Now read the following comment made by a visitor to the article above, and answer the multiple choice questions. 

Wow, Ian completely won this argument just by explaining the various 6. (uses of music/job opportunities/movies/social factors)  as well as his 7. (childhood story/life story/memory albums/ career advantages) which makes it all the more real for him. He’s also correct about how it assists people in 8 (cheap advertising/ clout chasing/office meetings/job hunting). It is kind of awkward when he compares music to 9. (similar areas/entertaining services/random things/questionable areas) like movies or massages but I see where he’s going with this. What’s ironic is that Jack complains about how music does not provide value but then goes on to talk about how metalheads and people in nightclubs enjoy it so much. I think Jack needs to 10. (be more open-minded/loosen up a bit more/be less aggressive/be a music lover).


CELPIP Reading Practice Test – Answers:


Part 1:  

  1. neighbours: they have a shared parking space and they are talking very formally.  Option B is a close one but the formal factor combined with them living in the same place makes Option C a better choice. 
  2. he had some free time on his hands: he mentioned doing this over the long weekend. 
  3. apologetic: he repeatedly apologized throughout this letter. 
  4. boxes: Don’t let the ‘belongings’ option confuse you. It wouldn’t make sense since possessions and belongings mean the same thing. 
  5. Martin’s other family members: He was concerned about the passenger side of  Martin’s car opening. 
  6. by reflecting on the situation: The last paragraph mentioned: “I can now see how it would have upset you to return after the holiday weekend”. 
  7. upset at first. The sentence changes to a positive tone so it must have started with something negative. Also, Martin could not be concerned about ‘missing items’  since things were just moved and nothing was really missing. 
  8. tiring drive home. From the tone of the letter, this could be the reason that Martin just wanted to relax. 
  9. couldn’t get out of the car. This was because Jeff had blocked the passenger side. 10. on Monday. This was mentioned in the initial letter.  
  10. new shelves. Jeff mentioned that he was installing new shelves over the weekend. 

Part 2:  

  1. an informal one (the sentence was referring to the subject of the email by mentioning “you will notice from my email today”. The subject of the email was “Informal letter format”). 2. punctuation (the box on the top-right mentions “contrary to popular opinion”, you don’t really need punctuations in the address field). 
  2. avoiding needless commas (the top-left box mentions that commas in such places are optional. If you avoid them, you can save some time). 
  3. a near-perfect letter (this letter is being used as a sample to teach students which makes it a near-perfect example). 
  4. three (intro/bodies/conclusion). 
  5. went over the letter fairly quickly (this can be tricky since each option is very subjective.  However, given the amount of details in the letter compared with the few sentences Mike used to explain it will make option 3 the best answer).
  6. impressive (he used this as a sample and admired how pointed to how Clint structured it nicely. It is not the best version to use since he asked the class to find other samples similar to this). 
  7. they cannot live up to Mike’s standards (all options look close but we can use elimination here. Option 1 and 4 are incorrect since we don’t know what the students’ personalities are. They might be enjoying the class and they maybe hardworking while the last exam might just have been a tough one. Option 3 is not correct since the information provided just refers to a bad last exam. We don’t know if they ‘always’ fail.) 

Part 3:  

  1. D: There are many uses for permanent magnets and temporary magnets like an electromagnet.  
  2. C: A compass has a magnetic tip on the needle which points towards the North Pole. 3. A: The north pole of a magnet will attract the south pole of a magnet. The north pole of a magnet will resist the north pole of a magnet, and the south pole will also resist the south pole. In short, the same poles repel, and opposite poles attract. 
  3. D. The strength of the electromagnet depends on the size of the electric current and the number of times the coil is wrapped around the nail. 
  4. E. 
  5. B. The magnetic field of a magnet is an invisible field that is created by its magnetism. 7. E. 
  6. C. A magnet may also be used to convert an unmagnetized piece of magnetic material,  such as an iron nail, into a magnet. This is done by rubbing it with the magnet. This is called magnetization. 
  7. E. 

Part 4:  

  1. To a great extent. They used the words ‘intense dislike’ in the first paragraph. 2. cannot agree on a single point. Option B would be incorrect since we don’t know if their personalities are like that. 
  2. is aware of youth issues. While talking about his own past teenage issues, he referred to other teenagers by saying ‘just like any normal teenager”. This shows he is mindful of the troubles for the youth. 
  3. metalheads. Jack mentioned: “as well as the metalheads who insist on looking anything but  normal when under the trance of music” 
  4. political. Nothing about music and politics was mentioned. 
  5. uses of music. While other answers may also be correct, the first one incorporates all of them. 
  6. childhood story. He talked about how music lifted him from depression when he was young. 
  7. office meetings. He mentioned how music makes presentations better. 9. random things. There was no relation between music, movies, and massages. 10. loosen up a bit more. From the tone of the sentence, this is the best choice.