Accessing your scores online

CELPIP Test scores are available online through your CELPIP Account in 8 business days after your test date. For test takers that order Express Rating, your CELPIP Test scores will be available in 3 business days after your test date. Please note that business days do not include weekends or holidays. You will receive an email notification once your scores are available. Your CELPIP Test scores can be accessed and viewed online in your CELPIP Account for a period of 2 years, from your test date.

Two print copies of your CELPIP Official Score Report will be mailed to your registered address via Canada Post. The first two CELPIP Official Score Reports are included in your test registration fee. Additional Official Score Reports can be ordered through your CELPIP Account, for a fee of $20.00 CAD + tax. Priority shipping, at an additional fee, may also be requested, with shipping prices varying depending on your address.

Additional score reports are only available for tests that have been taken within the last 2 years. The length of time that your scores are considered valid by various institutions, however, is determined by their individual policies. You can obtain this information from these institutions.

Please note that the fees charged for additional CELPIP Official Score Reports are non-refundable.

Understanding your Scores

Each component of the CELPIP-General Test and the CELPIP-General LS Test is given a CELPIP level. Below is a chart of each CELPIP level and its corresponding description. Since the CELPIP test scores have been calibrated against the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels, we have included the CLB level equivalencies for your information.

CELPIP Level CELPIP Descriptor CLB Level
12 Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts 12
11 Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts 11
10 Highly effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts 10
9 Effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts 9
8 Good proficiency in workplace and community contexts 8
7 Adequate proficiency in workplace and community contexts 7
6 Developing proficiency in workplace and community contexts 6
5 Acquiring proficiency in workplace and community contexts 5
4 Adequate proficiency for daily life activities 4
3 Some proficiency in limited contexts 3
M Minimal proficiency or insufficient information to assess 0, 1, 2
NA Not Administered: test taker did not receive this test component /

The computer automatically scores the Listening and Reading Tests. Responses to the Writing and Speaking tests are scored by trained and experienced CELPIP Raters.

Speaking Performance Standards

Categories

Factors

1. Content/Coherence

  •  Number of ideas
  • Quality of ideas
  • Organization of ideas
  • Examples and supporting details
2. Vocabulary

  • Word choice
  • Suitable use of words and phrases
  • Range of words and phrases
  • Precision and accuracy
3. Listenability

  • Rhythm, pronunciation, and intonation
  • Pauses, interjections, and self-correction
  • Grammar and sentence structure
  • Variety of sentence structure
4. Task Fulfillment

  • Relevance
  • Completeness
  • Tone
  • Length

Writing Performance Standards

 

Categories Factors
1. Content/Coherence

 

  • Number of ideas
  • Quality of ideas
  • Organization of ideas
  • Examples and supporting details
2. Vocabulary

 

  • Word choice
  • Suitable use of words and phrases
  • Range of words and phrases
  • Precision and accuracy
3. Readability

 

  • Format and paragraphing
  • Connectors and transitions
  • Grammar and sentence structure
  • Spelling and punctuation
4. Task Fulfillment

 

  • Relevance
  • Completeness
  • Tone
  • Word count

Approximate Scores and CELPIP Levels for the Listening Test

CELPIP Level Listening Score /38
10-12 35-38
9 33-35
8 30-33
7 27-31
6 22-28
5 17-23
4 11-18
3 7-12
M 0-7

Disclaimer: This example chart shows how raw scores in the Listening Test approximately correspond to CELPIP Levels. Since questions may have different levels of difficulty and may therefore be equated differently, the raw score for a certain level may vary slightly from one test to another.

Approximate Scores and CELPIP Levels for the Reading Test

CELPIP Level Reading Score /38
10-12 33-38
9 31-33
8 28-31
7 24-28
6 19-25
5 15-20
4 10-16
3 8-11
M 0-7

Disclaimer: This example chart shows how raw scores in the Reading Test approximately correspond to CELPIP Levels. Since questions may have different levels of difficulty and may therefore be equated differently, the raw score for a certain level may vary slightly from one test to another.

Scoring the CELPIP Reading and Listening Components

All CELPIP Reading and Listening questions are in the multiple choice or similar format. All the answers to CELPIP Reading and Listening questions are scored dichotomously: a response is either correct or incorrect. Questions that are left blank are scored as incorrect. All the scoring is done by computer.

Does everyone take the same test?

For security reasons, there are many different test forms (versions of the test). Different test forms are administered to different test takers even if they take the test at the same time. Each test form will have some unique questions and possibly some questions that are shared with other forms. Paragon administers multiple forms to minimize the chance of somebody having access to the questions before their testing time, thereby gaining an unfair or undeserved score on the test.

Are there unscored questions on the test?

New items are constantly being written. Before they can be used as scored items, they are pre-tested to ensure that they are equivalent in quality to existing items. Paragon includes some new items in every test. These items look the same as the scored items but they are not used to calculate your score. Paragon does not tell the test taker which questions will be unscored because it is important that test takers try their best for every item. This ensures that the data collected on the new items can be used to evaluate their quality. Only questions that have performed well will be used as scored items in the future.

Is one test form easier than another?

While each test form contains different questions, each test form is constructed following explicit guidelines regarding content and difficulty. Paragon’s pre-testing and form creation procedures ensure that the different forms have approximately the same difficulty. However, the items are not identical from administration to administration, and this means that it is possible for there to be small differences in difficulty. It would be unfair to test takers if final test scores did not correct for these small differences. The process of score equating removes even this slight variation.

What is score equating?

Score equating is the process of correcting final scores for slight variations in difficulty between test forms. For example, if one test taker correctly answers 30 questions on a relatively easy form and another test taker answers 30 questions on a more difficult form, equating will correct for the disparity in form difficulty. It is of utmost importance that the score reported for either of the test forms is comparable. We need to make sure that the final score reflects your underlying language proficiency and is not dependent on the difficulty of the questions you or someone else received.

Why doesn't Paragon report raw scores?

The goal of any test is to provide a fair and accurate assessment of each test taker, regardless of the specific questions presented during the test. Though CELPIP tests are assembled following guidelines for content and difficulty, it is still possible for test forms to vary slightly in difficulty. Since a raw score is merely the sum of the questions that a test taker has correctly responded to, it cannot account for these slight variations in difficulty. Consequently, a raw score of 30 will not have the same meaning across different forms of a test. This means that different test takers’ raw scores could be hard to interpret and compare.

In order to account for differences between test forms, Paragon transforms test takers’ raw scores into a scaled score. Scaled scores adjust raw scores in a consistent way so that test takers’ scores on different test forms can be compared.

How are CELPIP levels determined?

After the Reading and Listening scaled scores have been determined, they are transformed into a CELPIP level. The transformation rules were established by English language experts who participated in a standard setting exercise. Standard setting is an extensive, research-based process. Language experts work with testing professionals to identify what language learners need to be able to do at each performance level, such as CLB 8. The experts then analyze the test in detail and determine what level of performance a test taker needs to demonstrate for each CELPIP level. This process has established a defensible link between each Reading and Listening scaled score and its corresponding CELPIP level.

How reliable are the CELPIP Reading and Listening scores?

There are many ways to measure reliability of a test. One good measure of reliability is Cronbach’s alpha, which specifically measures the internal consistency of a test form. The result of this statistical measure can range from -1 to +1 where -1 indicates a complete lack of internal consistency and +1 indicates perfect consistency. A result of 0.80 or higher is considered to be excellent. For both the CELPIP Reading and Listening components, the test forms have an average Cronbach’s alpha of 0.88. This indicates that CELPIP Reading and Listening test forms demonstrate excellent internal consistency.

Scoring the CELPIP Speaking and Writing Components

The writing and speaking components of the CELPIP-General Test are scored by qualified raters trained to apply consistent criteria to assess test taker performances based on standard scoring rubrics. Raters receive ongoing training and regular monitoring. Paragon uses rater agreement statistics to determine the quality of ratings; for a given test taker, a rater agrees with the other raters of this test taker if their rating is sufficiently close to that of the other raters (i.e., consensus).

Qualifications of CELPIP raters

Paragon employs raters with the following qualifications:

English Proficiency
  •   Native speaker of English

or

  • Non-native speaking of English with a CLB 11/12 English language proficiency
Education
  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree
Teaching & Assessment Experience
  • ESL teaching certification recognized by TESL Canada

or

  • Graduate training in language education or in linguistics

or

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in ESL teaching or language education

or

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a linguistics related field
Residency
  • Resident in Canada at time of scoring

Rater Training

Raters receive ongoing training to ensure that the scoring criteria are consistently and systematically applied by all raters, and to minimize potential bias introduced by human judgment.

  1. Initial Rater Training

All raters attend an initial training program to guide them through Paragon’s rating approach. After completing a training manual, exercises, and rating samples, trainees engage in a certification process during which they rate 3-6 certification sets. In order to certify, trainees must achieve a minimum 80% agreement with the official score assigned to each performance in at least three consecutive sets. Only certified raters can start operational rating.

  1. Operational Rater Training

To maintain a shared perspective on relevant rating principles and criteria, all operational raters receive ongoing in-service training and monitoring, including:

  • Weekly feedback on their agreement with other raters
  • Weekly sample performances rated by expert raters
  • Biweekly in-depth training materials in the form of communications hosted online, including a range of sample performances rated and justified by expert raters
  • Detailed notes from rater seminars, in which challenging responses are discussed and rated by expert raters.
  1. Rater Monitoring

Rater performance analysis is conducted monthly to monitor the reliability of the rater pool and to identify raters who have unsatisfactory rater agreement. Underperforming raters receive personalized feedback on rating samples that demonstrate a significant discrepancy between their ratings and benchmark ratings Additional samples are provided upon request by a rater. Once identified as underperforming, a rater must demonstrate improvement within 8 weeks. If an underperforming rater does not demonstrate an improvement to meet Paragon’s rating standards within that period, Paragon may terminate their rating contract.

Rating Procedure

All tests are randomly assigned to raters by an online system. Test taker anonymity is maintained at all times. Each test taker’s performance, i.e. a test taker’s responses to all tasks in the component, is assessed by multiple raters. Each CELPIP speaking performance is rated by a minimum of three speaking raters, and each CELPIP writing performance is rated by a minimum of four writing raters. Raters work independently of one another, and have no knowledge of the ratings assigned by other raters.

  1. Rating criteria

The rating dimensions that have been developed for the writing and speaking component are listed above on this page in the Performance Standards section:

Speaking: Content/Coherence, Vocabulary, Listenability, and Task Fulfillment

Writing: Content/Coherence, Vocabulary, Readability, and Task Fulfillment

Each dimension is divided into five performance levels. Performance descriptors are provided for each level in each dimension. Raters assign a level in each dimension by identifying tangible evidence in the test taker’s performance that matches the descriptors in the rating scale.

  1. Benchmarking

When the ratings of a test taker’s performance are complete, they are inspected for agreement. If the ratings are in disagreement, a benchmark rater is automatically assigned to assess the performance. All benchmark raters are experienced raters who have demonstrated consistent accuracy and reliability in rating. Benchmark raters have no knowledge of the initial ratings.

  1. How is the final score determined?

The Speaking and Writing component scores are derived from the dimensional ratings assigned by the raters. These scores are then transformed into a CELPIP level. The transformation rules have been established by English language experts who participated in a standard setting exercise. Standard setting is an extensive, research-based process. Language experts work with testing professionals to identify what language learners need to be able to do at each performance level, such as CLB 8. The experts then analyze the test in detail and determine what level of performance a test taker needs to demonstrate for each CELPIP level. This process has established a defensible link between each Speaking and Writing component score and its corresponding CELPIP level.