CELPIP Review-Study Pack 01

  • Writing Module
  • Speaking Module
  • Reading Module
  • Listening Module
  • Answer Key

The CANADIAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE Practice Tests

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CELPIP-General Sample Test – Writing Test

Writing Test Instructions

1) There are two tasks in this test.

2) You can see how many words you have written by looking at the bottom of the writing area to see the word count.

3) You have 27 minutes to complete Task 1 and 26 minutes to complete Task 2. Keep a timer with you to make sure that you complete each task before the time is up.

4) You have 53 minutes to complete this practice Writing Test.

 

Writing Task 1: Writing an Email                                        

Time: 27 minutes

Read the following information.

Your office is heading to the states for a conference.  All the preparations have been made.  However, this was the time you had been planning your vacation with your family.  You would like to make a request that they let you go a week before.  You would like to take your family a week earlier and enjoy a little downtime.  The office is paying for your expenses for the week that you will be in the conference, but you will have to pay all of your expenses for your family’s trip and your own for the week before.

Write an email to your office in about 150-200 words.  Your email should do the following things

  • State the situation that you are in.
  • A Request for early leave.
  • You will pay for the first week from your pocket.

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Writing Task 2: Responding to Survey Questions                            

Time: 26 Minutes

Read the following information.

Community Fundraiser

Your neighborhood had decided to give back to its community by building a community center.  The housing committee has raised 75% of the funds needed.  For the other 25%, they are asking the residents to help out.  Your neighborhood has chosen two methods of raising money.  Everyone has been asked to select which one they would prefer.

Choose the option that you prefer.  Why do you prefer your choice?  Explain the reasons for your choice.  Write about 150-200 words.

Option A: Auction: Your community is asking you to bring out old items that might have some monetary value that can be sold off.  The community will then hold an auction where members themselves can buy things other members are auctioning off.  The funds raised will go to the community center.

Option B: Bake Sale/Cook Off: Your community will organize an event in which members of the community will cook and bake food items which they can sell off to each other for the community center.

CELPIP-General Sample Test – Speaking Test

Speaking Test Instructions

–>There are 9 tasks in this test: one practice task and 8 scored tasks. In this sample test, no score will be provided for any of the Speaking tasks.

–>The instructions and questions are in writing. You will not hear them.

–>For each task, there are two timed sections: Preparation Time and Recording Time. With each task, these timings are mentioned. For this sample test, you should use a timer to make sure that you complete each task within the given time.

–>The sample test will not record your answers. If you wish to record your own answers, record and save your responses using your computer microphone or your own recording device (cell phone, digital recorder, etc.).

–>Try to complete this practice Speaking Test in around 20 minutes.

Practice Task (Preparation Time: 30 seconds …. Recording Time: 60 seconds)

Talk about a scenic view

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Speaking Task 1: Giving Advice (Preparation Time: 30 seconds … Recording Time: 90 seconds)

Your friend is looking for a change in career.  He is interested in starting his own business, but he also feels he would be happier in a job environment.  He isn’t sure what to do and is looking for your guidance.  Give him some good advice regarding what options would be best for him.

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Speaking Task 2: Talking about a Personal Experience (Preparation Time: 30 seconds … Recording Time: 60 seconds)

Talk about when you moved from one country to another.  You can give your reasons for the move.  Also, talk about your feelings while leaving and your feelings upon arriving.  Discuss your hopes and expectations as well as your fears and apprehensions.

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Speaking Task 3: Describe a Scene (Preparation Time: 30 seconds … Recording Time: 60 seconds)

Describe some things that are happening in the picture below as well as you can.  The person with whom you are speaking cannot see the picture.

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Speaking Task 4: Making Predictions (Preparation Time: 30 seconds … Recording Time: 60 seconds)

In this picture, what do you think will most probably happen next?

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Speaking Task 5: Comparing and Persuading (Preparation Time: 60 seconds)

Your parents are looking to change their internet package.  They want something that is cost effective and satisfies everyone’s demands.  You want to make sure they select a package which is best suitable for you.  Using the information given in the picture below choose the option that you prefer.  In the next section, you will need to persuade your parents that your choice is the best choice.

 

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Speaking Task 6: Dealing with a Difficult Situation (Preparation Time: 60 seconds … Recording Time: 60 seconds)

Some of the employees in the company you were for have had critical ethics violations.  The HR department is holding an emergency meeting to deal with the situation.  Each employee has been asked to verify that they will stand by the ethics code of the company as well as to give forward any information they have about any wrongdoing.  Your friend is one of the culprits, but he is a good person.

Choose One:

Either

Let your company know your friend’s wrongdoings.

Or

Excuse yourself for revealing any information that might hurt a fellow employee and pay the consequences yourself.

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Speaking Task 7: Expressing Opinions (Preparation Time: 30 seconds … Recording Time: 90 seconds)

Answer the following question.

Question: Do you think that 16 is a good age to get your driver’s license?

Explain your reasons.

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Speaking Task 8: Describing an Unusual Situation (Preparation Time: 30 seconds … Recording Time: 60 seconds)

You have bought a clothing item from a certain brand.  They have accidentally left the electronic tag on the item, yet the machine did not buzz.  You decide to get it removed from another outlet, but you have misplaced your receipt.  You need to convince them that you have bought and paid for this clothing item.

Reading Part 1: Reading Correspondence

Part I – Directions: Read the following letter.

Dear Mr. Novak,

I have been working for your company for over eight years.  I have worked on many projects at this time and have to lead the company to success at an astounding rate.  I am writing you because I would like to discuss my future with you, so let me get to the point.  My main concern is, that I am not satisfied!  I don’t think I am making the kind of money I should be considering the kind of work I do, I am a valuable asset to this team.  Furthermore, I don’t see myself growing here; it’s not just about the money I don’t think that I am being utilized to my fullest capabilities at the position I am working at now.  Job satisfaction is an important thing and I am just not feeling it.

I have explored my option with this company many times in my head, and I think it is only right that I share my concerns with you before I make my final decision.  Below are the details of what we can do together to improve my situation. I have full confidence, that you will hear me out and help me the best you can, I know you will not let me down.

I want a greater stake in the company, I deserve this, I have earned this.  I want to see my worth and value being realized. I have put a lot of blood and sweat into this company and I would like to see that I have arrived, that I am appreciated.  At this point you must be thinking, what is in all this for you; of course, I know how business works, nothing gets done unless someone sees the benefit they will receive from it.  Let me assure you, that if I am given greater responsibility I will deliver a greater effort; your company will only flourish.

If you don’t see things the same way, and it may well be that you don’t, then I am afraid I will have to consider my options.  I may have to say goodbye.  Honestly, I don’t want to do that; this company has come to mean a lot to me, the people I have worked with throughout the years have become family to me, I would hate to not see them every day.  My work here is also very important to me, my accomplishments are the reminder of my hard work and dedication and hold a sentimental value.  However, if worst comes to worst, I might have to take the plunge and make this difficult decision.  For now, the ball is in your court.

Sincerely,

Nathan Armstrong

Part II – Directions: Answer the questions by choosing the best word or phrase to complete the sentence, referring to the above letter.

1) How long has Mr. Armstrong worked at this company?

a) 15 years

b) 3 years

c) 7 years

d) 9 years

2) What is the main concern of Mr. Armstrong

a) He isn’t satisfied with his position at the moment

b) He doesn’t like his co-workers

c) He has a medical issue

d) He has issues with the management

3) What is Mr. Armstrong asking for?

a) He wants to leave the company

b) He wants to be a bigger part of the company

c) He wants only to make more money

d) He wants a new job

4) What do you think he means by his blood and sweat?

a) That he has many health problems that need to be addressed

b) That he has received many injuries

c) That he has been sick

d) That he has worked hard and earned what he is asking for

5) Why does he tell them that he will work even harder and deliver even more?

a) He wants to work and enjoy his job

b) He needs the money and promises to earn it

c)He wants to let his employers know that there will be a benefit for them as well

d) He wants to prove that he is better than the other workers

6) Do you think he is overconfident that everything will go as he wishes?

a) Yes, he is making too many demands

b) Yes, he has earned it

c) No, he has no confidence in himself

d) No, he acknowledges that his employers might feel differently

7)What is the final option Mr. Armstrong discusses?

a) He will start his own business

b) He will have to leave this job

c) He will stay even if none of his demands are met

d) He will finish the company

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Part III – Directions: Read the response to the above letter. Answer the questions by choosing the best word or phrase to complete the sentences referring to the above letter when necessary.

 

To: Mrs. Nathan Armstrong

From: Corry Novak, Senior VP

Dear Nathan,

You know very well that in this company 8. (company profit matters above all, money is running short, every employee is important, company policy is very strict) we are very sorry to hear of your dissatisfaction.  However, at this time, 9. (I’m afraid, there is nothing I can do, we have no money, we don`t really need you, you haven’t earned it) at this moment, we simply have our hands full.  There is no doubt that you are a great asset to our team, nevertheless, what you feel is using you not 10.(The most money you can make, not enough time, to your dissatisfaction, to your fullest potential) we see you as a member of a perfectly jelled team.

Therefore moving you would disturb not only your entire team but also disturb our functionality just because we moved some of the cogs around of a perfectly working machine.  As far as your concern over money goes, well 11. (you will be upset, you will be disappointed to know, you will be sad to know, you will be happy to know) that this is also a concern of ours.  We are looking into what we can do for the entire team, we feel that our teams satisfaction, in this regard, is of greatest importance.

Although you are a valued member of our company, we will 12. (be happy if you leave, respect whatever decision you make, will be upset if you stay, respect that you leave quietly) we wish you all the best in your future and hope to keep you for a long time coming.

Regards,

Corry Novak

 

Reading Part 2: Reading to Apply a Diagram

Part I – Directions: Read the e-mail about the diagram. Answer the question by choosing the best word or phrase to complete the sentence, referring to the diagram when necessary.

 

Subject: Wedding Plans

To Kathy

From Sandy

Hi Kathy,

We’re getting closer and closer to the big day!  Yay, I am so excited.  I can’t tell you enough how honored I am in being your maid of honor.  I know you said you wanted to get to Calgary 1. (along with everyone else, after the wedding, before everyone else, before Greg) along with Greg.  So I’ve taken the liberty to look at some flights for you in hopes that I can get a booking 2. (afterward, ahead of time, for the cheapest rates, before the honeymoon).

Above is a list of available flights and the timings.  All flights cost 3. (about the same, differently depending upon the day, differently depending upon timing, differently depending upon booking) best of all, every flight goes every day so you can choose the day you want.  I think going around 8:00 am  4. (would be out of the question, would be awful, would be tricky, would be best) you won’t have to get up too early and will get there in time so that you have a full day to do whatever activities you have in mind.  Whatever you decide let me know, so I can get the 5. (booking before you get there, booking the cheapest rates, booking well in advance book your tickets).

Don’t worry I have also made a packing list, a list of all the things 6. (you need to get done, your shopping, your registry, the places you will stay) before the rest of us arrive, and I have jotted all your 7. (favorite places, appointment timings, foods not to eat, dress sizes) so it should all be smooth sailing.  I am also looking into flights for the rest of us, two days later, but we’ll 8. (go over the details, ask each other, let you know, comes separately) amongst ourselves and work it out, no need to bother you in that regard.

Thanks,

Sandy

Part II – Directions: Answer the questions by choosing the best word or phrase to complete the sentence, referring to the diagram and to the e-mail when necessary.

9) Kathy is

a) the wedding planner

b) the bride

c) just some woman

d) a friend

10) The wedding takes place

a) in another city

b) in a church

c) in the same state

d) in a courtyard

11) Everyone

a) is not invited

b) is coming with the bride and groom

c) is traveling together

d) is coming two days later

12) Air Canada and West Jet are

a) names of planes

b)names of products

c)commercial airlines

d)code names

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Reading for Information:

Part I – Directions: Read the following passage

Canada’s legal system is based on a combination of common law and civil law.

[A] The common-law tradition

The common law is the law that is not written down as legislation. Common law evolved into a system of rules based on precedent. This is a rule that guides judges in making later decisions in similar cases. The common law cannot be found in any code or body of legislation, but only in past decisions. At the same time, it is flexible. It adapts to changing circumstances because judges can announce new legal doctrines or change old ones.

[B] The civil-law tradition

Civil codes contain a comprehensive statement of rules. Many are framed as broad, general principles to deal with any dispute that may arise. Unlike common-law courts, courts in a civil-law system first look to a civil code, then refer to previous decisions to see if they’re consistent.  Quebec is the only province with a civil code, which is based on the French Code Napoléon (Napoleonic Code). The rest of Canada uses the common law. The Criminal Code is also considered a code, and it is used throughout Canada.

[C] The two meanings of civil law

The term “civil law” is used to mean two quite different things, which can be a little confusing at first for people trying to understand the justice system.  Sometimes the term is used in contrast to “common law” to refer to the legal system that is based on a civil code, such as the Justinian Code or the Civil Code of Quebec.  In its other sense, the civil law refers to matters of private law as opposed to the public law, and particularly criminal law, which is concerned with harm to society at large.  it is usually clear from the context which type of civil law is intended.

[D] Aboriginal and treaty rights

Aboriginal rights refer to Aboriginal peoples’ historical occupancy and use of the land. Treaty rights are rights set out in treaties entered into by the Crown and a particular group of Aboriginal people. The Constitution recognizes and protects Aboriginal rights and treaty rights.

Part II – Directions: Decide which paragraph (A, B, C, or D) contains the information in each of the following statements.  If the information is not discussed in any of the paragraphs, choose “E”.

 1) Laws that apply to immigrants.

A                                 B                                 C                                 D                                 E

2) Laws based on laws of other countries.

A                                 B                                 C                                 D                                 E

3) Laws catering to the native people of Canada.

A                                 B                                 C                                 D                                 E

4) Judges changing laws.

A                                 B                                 C                                 D                                 E

5) The different workings of the different types of courts.

A                                 B                                 C                                 D                                 E

6) Laws applying to people who have been involved in theft or robbery.

A                                 B                                 C                                 D                                 E

7) Laws that are flexible with the changing circumstances of the case.

A                                 B                                 C                                 D                                 E

8) Rights of certain groups.

A                                 B                                 C                                 D                                 E

9) Difference between civil law and public law.

A                                 B                                 C                                 D                                 E

10) Laws followed by the different province of Canada.

A                                 B                                 C                                 D                                 E

11) The constitution of Canada.

A                                 B                                 C                                 D                                 E

12) Laws that are not actually written down.

A                                 B                                 C                                 D                                 E

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Reading for Viewpoints:

Part I – Directions: Read the following passage.

Ottawa’s spring festival is here, and who doesn’t love the spring festival.  It’s the season that we all wait for all year long, foodies and shoppers alike.  This year’s festival is jam-packed with even more fun and entertainment for the entire family. A greater variety of food stall from many different cultures has been promised to us.  Major brands have advertised major discounts and sales for the upcoming festivals.  I know I’m saving up for the next month.

This year’s location is one of my favorite place in all of Ottawa.  The Park Lake is one of the largest places to enjoy on both land and water.  This year special boat rides have been arranged for a tour around the park.  Along with water skiing, motor boating and canoeing there will be lots of activities for you to enjoy the entire week.

Several competitions will be held throughout the week.  There are four different cooking competitions, and if you don’t think you are good enough to win as a cook, you can be judged.  Yes, I am looking forward to tasting all that delicious food.  The competitions include baking, desserts, entrées, and even three-course meals.  If you want to be a judge, you will have to sign up a few days in advance.

The nightlife will be great as well.  Each night will hold a special display of fireworks as well as live shows and performances from some of Ottawa’s greatest art forms.  We are all looking forward to it and hope to see everyone soon.  Be sure to get your tickets in advance so you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

Part II – Directions: Answer the questions by choosing the best word or phrase to complete the sentence, referring to the passage when necessary.

1) The festival takes place in

a) Winnipeg

b) Toronto

c) Ottawa

d) Montreal

2) Festival will not include

a) food

b) shopping

c) family entertainment

d) classes

3) The festival will have

a) water-themed fun

b) books to read

c) celebrities

d) dignitaries

4) The night entertainment will include

a) amusement rides

b) face painting

c) fireworks

d) theatrical plays

5) The article is

a) an advertisement for the festival

b) an article about how the festival went

c) a testimonial for the festival

d)a critique of the festival

Part III – Directions: The following passage is a response to the article above.  Complete the passage by choosing the best option to fill in each blank.

I am sorry, but no; this annual festival is nothing but an excuse for people to make money off of the residence of Ottawa.  It doesn’t help us in any way because of 1.( brings in lots of money, attracts many foreigners, it doesn`t bring in any money, it brings in celebrities)  from outside of the city.

Furthermore, we are not even keeping money inside the city, most of the vendors and stalls are from 2.(inside of Ottawa, outside Ottawa, from Canada, from Toronto)  which means that they take our money with them when they leave.  For the life of me, I 3. (don`t understand, like, feel differently, understand) how people can think the economics of this event is great for Ottawa.

If you really do need to have a silly festival which asks us to 4.(take in sites, take time off, spend our money, enjoy the festival)  of our busy day so all of you can show off your fancy ways then the least that could be done is to 5. (ask more celebrities, ask more dignitaries, ask local vendors, attract foreigners) to participate in this event.  Well, I’ve said my two cents.

Question 1

a) brings in lots of money

b) attracts many foreigners

c) it doesn’t bring in any money

d) it brings in celebrities

Question 2

a) inside Ottawa

b) outside of Ottawa

c) from Canada

d) from Toronto

Question 3

  1. don’t understand
  2. like
  3. feel differently
  4. understand

Question 4

a) take on the sites

b) take time off

c) spend our money

d) enjoy the festival

Question 5

a) ask more celebrities

b) ask more dignitaries

c) ask local vendors

d) attract foreigners

 

Listening Section

Listening Part 1: Listening to Problem Solving

Listen to two friends.  One of them is looking for a new place to live and the other is helping her.

Q1) What are Monica’s requirements for her new place?

  1. A place with a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom
  2. A large place where she can entertain her friends
  3. A place which has a home office space as well
  4. A large kitchen because she loves to cook

Q2) What does Monica want to be near to?

  1. She wants to be near the beach
  2. She wants to be near the marketplace
  3. She wants to be near her work
  4. She wants to be near the university

Q3) When do the women want to see the apartment?

  1. They would like to see it right away
  2. They would like to see it tomorrow
  3. They would like to see it today
  4. They want to see it in a couple of days

Q4) What is special about the first apartment?

  1. It has a great view of the beach
  2. It has a large kitchen
  3. It has great appliances
  4. It has a beautiful balcony with a great view

Q5) How do the women feel about the kitchen?

(a) It needs work and it is small

(b) It is too big

(c) It is rather ugly

(d) It is just perfect

Q6) What are the plus points of the bedroom?

  1. It has a balcony and plenty of light
  2. It will only fit one small bed
  3. It has white walls
  4. It has lots of closet space

Q7) What are the plus points of the second apartment?

  1. It is located near the University
  2. It has great appliances
  3. It is even bigger with a lot more light
  4. There are no plus points

Q8) What do the two women like about the bathroom?

  1. It has nice tiles
  2. It has a Jacuzzi
  3. It has double sinks
  4. It has a view

Q9) Which apartment do you think the women like better?

  1. The first one
  2. The second one
  3. They like both the same
  4. They don’t like either

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Listening Part 2: Listening to a Daily Life Conversation

Listen two women talking over breakfast.

Q1) Around what time did the second woman wake up?

  1. She woke up at 7:00 am
  2. She woke up around noon
  3. She woke up at 2:00 am
  4. She woke up at dawn

Q2) What do you think happened in the night being discussed?

  1. Four people went out on a dinner date
  2. They all went to the movies
  3. The second woman went to see a play
  4. The second woman and three of her friends went to a concert

Q3) Why does the second woman have a problem with Jerry and Kate only speaking English?

  1. She does not speak any English at all
  2. She is trying to learn a new language besides English
  3. English is a second language for her and she is just learning it
  4. She doesn’t like people who only speak English

Q4) What does the first woman need from the second woman?

  1. She needs to borrow some clothes
  2. She is looking for a new job
  3. She needs her opinion about getting a job
  4. She needs to go on a diet

Q5) What type of job does the first woman want

  1. She wants a job as a salesperson
  2. she wants a job at the video store
  3. She wants a job at the library
  4. She wants a job in a small boutique

Q6) What makes the first woman think she would be a good salesperson?

  1. She has lots of experience
  2. Her mother owns the store
  3. She loves clothes
  4. She is a good shopper

Q7) Where does the first woman plan to apply for a job?

  1. She plans to apply at bakery
  2. She plans to apply at Churchill’s
  3. She plans to apply at Dillards
  4. She plans to apply at JCPenny

Q8) Why does the first woman tell the second not to tell Victor?

  1. It is a secret
  2. He doesn’t want her to work
  3. She wants to surprise him
  4. He will steal her money

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Listening Part 3: Listening for Information

Listen to part of a talk in a media studies class; the professor is talking about a well-known event.

Q1) What kind of radio broadcast were the people listening to?

  1. They were listening to a news broadcast
  2. They were listening to a talk program
  3. They were listening to a sports broadcast
  4. They were listening to a radio play

Q2) Why were the people who were listening locally, most frightened?

  1. They thought the play was bogus
  2. They play included references to real places and prestigious speakers
  3. They play was not frightening
  4. They play was not realistic

Q3) Who produced the Drama?

  1. George Orwell
  2. George Orson Welles
  3. G. Wells
  4. George Hamilton

Q4) When is the play rebroadcast every year?

  1. On Christmas
  2. On Thanksgiving
  3. On Halloween
  4. On Independence Day

Q5) What does this event tell us about the media?

  1. The media has no role in our society
  2. The media has a very superficial role in our society
  3. The media enjoys a powerful role in our society
  4. The media uses its power for their own means

Q6) What is the irony in this event that the professor is talking about?

  1. People were afraid of something that was not really happening
  2. People did not take proper precautions for real disaster situations
  3. The media said that the masses were much more in a panic than they really were
  4. The media failed to report the panic of the masses

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Listening Part 4: Listening to a News Item

Listen to a news item about school timings.

Q1) What is the main topic of this news piece?

  1. Teenagers and academics
  2. Changing school timings for teenagers because it suits their biological clocks better
  3. Later timings for younger children
  4. Teenagers are too lazy

Q2) What are the school timings?

  1. Noon to 4:00pm
  2. 10:00am-2:00pm
  3. 3:30pm-9:00pm
  4. 1:30pm-7:00pm

Q3) A 7 o’clock start time for a teenager is?

  1. The norm throughout the world
  2. The best time for young adults
  3. It is equivalent to a 4:30 am start time for an Adult
  4. It is too late to start the day

Q4) How have the students reacted to the change of school timings?

  1. They find that getting quality sleep helps them to be prepared for the day
  2. They like it because the party and still have enough time to sleep
  3. They have just shifted their clocks
  4. Going to school later means sleeping later

Q5) What other issues are schools dealing with on a day to day basis?

  1. Juvenile delinquency
  2. A lack of funding for sports and arts
  3. Mental health and public health
  4. Hygiene and sanitation

Q6) What is it too early to say?

  1. If this change will improve social life
  2. If this change will bring about better exam results
  3. If this change will last long
  4. If this change will improve the health of teenagers

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Listening Part 5: Listening to a Discussion

Listen to a conversation with three friends who live together, but not for long.

Q1) What does the man have a test in?

  1. In art history
  2. In biology
  3. In modern arts
  4. In art forms

Q2) What do you think the blonde woman likes to do as a pastime?

  1. Go to the library
  2. Exercise
  3. Go shopping
  4. Read books

Q3) What are the blonde woman’s work timings?

  1. 10:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday
  2. 4:00pm-9:00pm Weekdays
  3. 4:00pm-9:00pm Weekends
  4. 12:00pm-7:00pm Monday-Friday

Q4) Is this job a permanent job?

  1. Yes, the woman in need of money
  2. Yes, she wants a career in charge
  3. No, she will only be working for the holidays
  4. No, she will quit once she has had enough

Q5) What are the names of the three friends?

  1. Henry, Victor & Agatha
  2. Harold, Agatha & Elena
  3. Victor, Agatha & Elena
  4. Henry, Victor & Harold

Q6) When is the second woman planning to leave?

  1. 23rd, April
  2. 21st, November
  3. 21st, December
  4. 23rd, December

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Listening Part 6: Listening to Viewpoints

Listen to talk about speaking English fluently.

Q1) What does the speaker think everyone can do?

  1. Translate English to their native language
  2. Communicate with others despite language barriers
  3. Speak English as if it was their native language
  4. Be fluent in more than one language

Q2) What is a problem the speaker thinks English learners have?

  1. They do not understand vocabulary
  2. They do not know how to pronounce words properly
  3. They do not read or write English
  4. They do not like grammar

Q3) What do English learners have to think about before speaking?

  1. What grammar rules to use
  2. What words to use
  3. How to pronounce words
  4. How to explain their meaning

Q4) What does the speaker say is the problem with people not being able to speak English properly?

  1. The books they read
  2. Their teachers don’t teach properly
  3. The media they listen to
  4. The way in which they learn

Q5) What does the speaker say is the problem with traditional teaching methods?

  1. They don’t teach with modern technology
  2. They don’t understand the needs of the learner
  3. They only teach part of the fluency puzzle
  4. They don’t teach how to speak fluently

Q6) How do students learn English?

  1. Through their own language
  2. By reading and writing
  3. By talking to each other
  4. Through television and radio

Q7) What is the trick that the speaker is talking about?

  1. To learn English by speaking
  2. To learn English like native speakers
  3. To learn English by listening
  4. To learn English with daily interactions

Answer Key

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CELPIP-General Sample Test – Writing Test

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Writing Task-01

Answer Key-Writing Tips

  1. Explain that you have been planning a vacation with your family for a few months now.
  2. It is the right time according to everyone else’s schedules.
  3. Let them know that you will be ready and prepared for the conference before you go on vacation.
  4. Your family will be back home in time for you to attend the conference without them.

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Writing Task 02

Answer Key-Writing Points

Option A

  1. Getting rid of some old things for a good cause
  2. Finding something of value that might not be too expensive
  3. Light on the wallets as no money will have to be spent for preparation (as compared to cooking)

Option B

  1. Fun family outing-make a day out of it
  2. It will be easier to manage
  3. There will be better chances of raising a greater amount of funds.

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CELPIP-General Sample Test – Speaking Test

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Practice Task

Talking points:

  1. Describe the landscape
  2. Describe the weather
  3. Describe the sun’s or moon’s affect on the view
  4. Describe the atmosphere
  5. Describe the mood it puts you in

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Speaking Task: 1

Talking Points:

Business

  1. He would be his own boss have his own timings.
  2. It would be much more adventurous to run a business.
  3. He would have much more opportunities to learn, grow and gain experience Job
  4. He would have less of a burden on his shoulders.
  5. He would have more time for himself for recreation and a social life.
  6. It will be easier to transition from job to job if that ends up being the case.
  7. He could always try business if the job doesn’t work out. However, if a business doesn’t work out, he would have to face many losses.

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Speaking Task:2

Talking Points:

  1. The reasons for which you left could be economic opportunities, illness, refuge, etc.
  2. Discuss your feelings upon having to leave your friends and family.
  3. Discuss having to start a new life in a new place.
  4. Talk about financial worries, adjusting to new environments.
  5. Talk about the change of food and living conditions and other daily struggles.

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Speaking Task:3

Talking Points:

  1. Describe the setting of the picture, the place where the action is happening.
  2. Talk about the people in the picture.
  3. Describe what each one is doing.
  4. Describe the problems you see in the picture.

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Speaking Task:4

Talking Points:

  1. The boy might receive an injury from falling.
  2. Talk about the water overflowing and what could happen.
  3. Talk about what the girl might do.

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Speaking Task:5

Talking Points:

  1. Discuss which package offers the optimum storage, bandwidth, etc. for your needs.
  2. Discuss which payment plan would be best for you and your family.
  3. Discuss which plan offers the most for you and your family.
  4. Be sure to keep everyone’s needs and requirements in mind.

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Speaking Task:6

Talking Points:

Friend’s Wrong Doing

  1. Talk about how it is important to be truthful no matter who faces the consequences.
  2. It is important to put the company, the team ahead of one member.
  3. It would be better for the company if all the bad apples were removed.

Facing the Consequences

  1. It would violate your own ethics to rat on people to save your own skin.
  2. The people of this company have always been a team, and it would be no good to start thinking of yourself now.
  3. The top management needs to fix its own problems before they come down to the lower level to create rifts there.

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Speaking Task:7

Talking Points:

Yes

  1. Parents can shed off the responsibility of taking their children everywhere at an earlier age.
  2. The sooner they learn how to drive the sooner they will learn responsibility.
  3. Young adults can finally start helping around the house and sharing responsibilities.

No

  1. Young adults are far too reckless to be driving at this age.
  2. Texting and driving as an even bigger threat when it comes to young adults.
  3. They need to be ready for other responsibilities before they can handle the responsibility of driving.

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Speaking Task:8

Talking Points:

  1. Let them know the location of the outlet you have made the purchase at.
  2. Apparently, explain the situation with confidence.
  3. Ask them to check their inventory if they are still not sure.
  4. Give them the exact date and time you purchased the item.
  5. Tell them of the inconvenience their brand has caused you.

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CELPIP-General Sample Test – Reading Test

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Reading Part 1: Reading Correspondence

Question 1, answer d: In the very first sentence Mr. Armstrong mentions being at the company “for over eight years” thus 9 years is the only option above 8 years.

Question2, answer a: Mr. Armstrong clearly says that is not satisfied-he talks about the money he makes and the work he has been doing that can be summed up as his position in the office.

Question 3, answer b: In the third paragraph Mr. Armstrong says, he wants a “greater stake” stake here means greater responsibility or greater burden, therefore the best answer is that he wants to have a bigger part in the company.

Question 4, answer d: the words blood and sweat are a metaphor for dedicating a lot of time and energy into something, thus the best answer is d that he has worked hard and earned it.

Question 5, answer c: Mr. Armstrong says, “Let me assure you, that if I am given greater responsibility I will deliver a greater effort…” This implies that he is letting his superiors know that they will also benefit, not just him.

Question 6, answer d: Mr. Armstrong is not overconfident because he clearly says that it may well be the case that they don’t see things the same way as he does, thus he acknowledges that his employers might feel differently.

Question 7, answer b: He says that if they cannot help him out then he will have to say goodbye, thus he would have to leave his job.

Question 8, answer c: As this is the start of the letter, and the subject is employee and employer relationship then the best answer would be…” each and every employee is important.

Question 9, answer a: The word “however” implies that something to the contrary will be said. And in the previous question, we have established that they like to take care of their employees, thus c and d are completely inappropriate; b is talking about money, and money is not the issue being discussed as easily established by the first letter. Thus the best answer is a.

Question 10, answer d: here again the dialogue is referring to the first letter in which Mr. Armstrong says he is not being used to his fullest potential, thus d is the most suitable answer.

Question 11, answer d: now they are talking about his concern regarding money. The letter says that this is also the concern of the company, therefore the most suitable answer is d as they share the same concern.

Question 12, answer b: the letter seems to end on an open-ended decision, meaning Mr. Armstrong will have to decide what to do and that his decision will not be made for him by the company, thus the best answer is b in which they let him know that the decision is his to make.

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Reading Part 2: Reading to Apply a Diagram

Question 1, answer c: since they are looking for a separate booking for them than the rest of the party then the answer that best fits is “before everyone else.

Question 2, answer b: answer b c and d could be likely but c and d are more specific and nothing is mentioned that could be used as clues to point to these two answers thus the best answer is b.

Question 3, answer a: since cost is only mentioned once and does not seem to be an issue in the diagram then the answer “about the same” would be the best choice.

Question 4, answer d: after going around 8:00 am is suggested, there are other activities that are mentioned that could be done thus it suits the answer best to say that going around 8:00 am “would be best.”

Question 5, answer c: again the most generic answer that best fits, as there are no other clues for any other answer, is “booking well in advance.

Question 6, answer a: a list of things, must always get done, thus the best answer is “you need to get done.”

Question 7, answer b: out of all the answers “appointment timings” is the answer that best fits the answer as something that needs to be jotted down.

Question 8, answer a: again we are discussing plans which need to be sorted out, thus details are needed, so the best answer here is “go over the details.”

Question 9, answer b: Kathy is the person who this email has been written to, the email is discussing her wedding plans, thus Kathy is the bride.

Question 10, answer a: they need to book plane tickets to get to the wedding destination, thus the wedding must be, at least, in another city.

Question 11, answer d: At the end of the email, it clearly says that the rest of the party will come two days later.

Question 12, answer c: since it gives arrival and departure timings, thus the answer is that they are commercial airlines.

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Reading Part 3: Reading for Information

Question 1, paragraph E: none of the paragraphs talk about laws which apply to immigrants.

Question 2, Paragraph B: in Quebec some laws are based on the French Code Napoleon.

Question 3, Paragraph D: this paragraph discusses the rights of Aboriginals.

Question 4, Paragraph A: the common law can be flexible based on changing circumstances.

Question 5, Paragraph B: the different types of courts, such as civil court and criminal court is mentioned in this paragraph.

Question 6, Paragraph B: criminal law, which applies in the case of theft is mentioned in this paragraph.

Question 7, Paragraph A: common law adapts to changing circumstances because judges can announce new legal doctrines or change old ones.

Question 8, Paragraph D: different groups such as Aboriginals have been discussed in this paragraph.

Question 9, Paragraph C: civil law refers to private matter while common law refers to public matters.

Question 10, Paragraph B: the civil law can be different based on the area or province that you live in.

Question 11, Paragraph D: the constitution recognizes and protects the rights of the native people.

Question 12, Paragraph A: common law is the law that is not written down as legislation.

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Reading Part 4: Reading for Viewpoints

Part 1

Question 1, answer c: the passage starts off with talking about “Ottawa’s spring festival.”

Question 2, answer d: all the other choices have been mentioned in the passage as part of the festival.

Question 3, answer a: all options can be possible, but only option a is mentioned in the passage.

Question 4, answer c: only fireworks have been mentioned as part of the night entertainment, it is important to note, that “fireworks” is the only option that can be available only at night.

Question 5, answer a: the best answer is that it is an advertisement, if we look at options b and d, they would only be applicable if this passage was written after the festival actually happened. The answer cannot be c because a testimonial requires a famous personality to give their say on a particular matter, and we know there are no such people involved in the passage as it is not mentioned.

Part 2

Question 1, answer c: the first complaint against the festival is that other people make money off it and not the residence of Ottawa, thus the best option is c, “it doesn’t bring in any money.”

Question 2, answer b: if all the money goes outside Ottawa, then it is obvious that all the vendors are from “outside of Ottawa.”

Question 3, answer a: again, this person is complaining about money, and how people seem to think this festival is a good idea, therefore the best answer is that he doesn’t understand.

Question 4, answer b: when the writer is talking about a busy day, then the best answer is “take time off.”

Question 5, answer c: this is a suggestion by the writer on how to improve the festival, and it must refer back to what he has been talking about before, thus, the answer is, “ask local vendors.”

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CELPIP-General Sample Test – Listening Test

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Task 1

A1) A place with a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom

A2) She wants to be near the university

A3) They would like to see it tomorrow

A4) It has a beautiful balcony with a great view

A5) It needs work and it is small

A6) It has a balcony and plenty of light

A7) It is even bigger with a lot more light

A8) It has a Jacuzzi

A9) The second one

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Task 2

A1) She woke up around noon

A2) Four people went out on a dinner date

A3) English is a second language for her and she is just learning it

A4) She needs her opinion about getting a job

A5) She wants a job as a salesperson

A6) She is a good shopper

A7) She plans to apply at Churchhill’s

A8) She wants to surprise him

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Task 3

A1)They were listening to a radio play

A2) They play included references to real places and prestigious speakers

A3) George Orson Welles

A4) On Halloween

A5) The media enjoys a powerful role in our society

A6)The media said that the masses were much more in a panic than they really were

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Task 4

A1) Changing school timings for teenagers because it suits their biological clocks better

A2)1:30pm-7:00pm

A3) It is equivalent to a 4:30 am start time for an Adult

A4)They find that getting quality sleep helps them to be prepared for the day

A5) Mental health and public health

A6) If this change will bring about better exam results

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Task 5

A1) In art history

A2) Go shopping

A3) 10:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday

A4) No, she will only be working for the holidays

A5) Victor, Agatha & Elena

A6) 23rd, December

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Task 6

A1)Speak English as if it was their native language

A2) They do not know how to pronounce words properly

A3) What grammar rules to use

A4) The way in which they learn

A5) They only teach part of the fluency puzzle

A6) Through their own language

A7)To learn English like native speakers

 

 

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