CELPIP - Tips for Reading

The Reading component of the CELPIP Language test is designed to check if you can read a variety of passages in various tones and on a variety of topics and use what you’ve learned to answer questions. The primary purpose of the CELPIP test is to check if you can use the English language in a variety of situations. The situations might range from engaging with coworkers and supervisors to engaging with friends, comprehending newscasts, and interpreting and responding to any form of written material. 

We’ll now look at the CELPIP Reading part in this article and give you some pointers and tips!


1. Read in English 

Reading diverse sorts of English material, such as novels, periodicals, and internet articles is an excellent way to practice frequently. Any English reading can help you enhance your overall language comfort as well as your reading and processing time. Remember that the CELPIP wants to examine your ability to read all sorts of written communication, not just academic books.

2. Practice Extracting Information from Texts

When you’re reading, focus on understanding and processing rather than memorizing the content. You can utilize methods like skimming and scanning the content in front of you to free up time to concentrate on the more difficult questions. Experiment with many sorts of written material in everyday life, such as newspaper articles and blogs. The more you practice, the easier it will be on the day of the test. 

3. Scan the Questions

Scanning the questions can also help you get through the CELPIP Reading part faster because you’ll know what you’re looking for in the text and what information is needed. If you think you know the solution straight away, swiftly search the multiple-choice options for one that matches what you’re looking for.

4. Don’t be concerned about certain words

If you don’t comprehend a word in the text, use context to help you understand it, and don’t let it slow you down. You are not required to know every single word. Move on even if you don’t grasp it from the context. To put this into practice in everyday life, seek to understand the meaning of words without using a dictionary.

5. Focus only on the Text provided.

Because you don’t need to be an expert on every subject, many of the topics you’ll study will be unknown to you. You’ll be able to answer the questions based solely on the data provided. However, you may be familiar with some of the themes discussed. Be cautious and don’t be distracted, especially if you believe you know the answers to the questions.

6. Guess if you have to.

Your goal should be to respond to every question. If you’re not sure, attempt to remove any multiple-choice answers that you know are incorrect and make an educated guess from the alternatives that remain. Remember that there is no penalty for selecting the wrong answer on multiple-choice sections. Therefore it is better to answer a question than to leave it blank.

7. Keep a track of time.

Don’t underestimate the value of keeping track of time; it’s easy to lose track of how long you spend on a text, especially when reading.

Keep an eye on the timer, which will be displayed on the screen. Remember that you must read the chapter and answer several questions for each section, so don’t spend all of your time reading.

8. Review your responses

Because you won’t be able to go back in most parts of the test, make sure you’ve chosen an answer before going on to the next question. If you have time, double-check your answers as you go.

9. Make sure you have a strategy for each section.

Each of the four sections has unique information exclusive to that section. Therefore, the preparation must follow the instructions in the relevant area.

The communication in Section 1, “Reading for correspondence,” is frequently between two known people. This could include husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, peers, siblings, and so on. The specifics of the communication must be understood in terms of why it is required. This could be a letter for a party, anniversary, or other special occasions, as well as an apology or other unauthorized message. Part 2 of “Reading to apply a diagram” will contain content connected to the content’s shortlisted possibilities and details, such as pricing, uses, advantages and disadvantages, etc. Again, communication is informal, but it relies heavily on the visuals and content presented, so paying attention to the details will help you uncover most of the answers.

10. Use keywords

Using keywords while reading is an excellent way to increase the percentage of accurate responses. Depending on the kind of questions given, the keywords should be focused on each appropriate portion of the examination. In Part 2, ‘Reading to Apply a Diagram,’ for example, there is always a question attempting to determine the relationship between the two people conversing. Keeping an eye out for section-specific details might help assure a higher percentage of correct answers.

11. Predictions should be avoided.

When it comes to CELPIP reading, unlike other assessments, guessing an answer is a negative tactic. All of the solutions are in the content, and assuming any of them will almost certainly result in an error of judgment. Focus and concentration are excellent qualities to have if you want to do well on the CELPIP reading test.

12. Complete all the questions.

CELPIP does not have negative grading. Thus completing all of the questions is a clever method to increase your chances of getting a better score. In addition, many students struggle with a shortage of time. You can ensure that you get your timing right and finish the reading test in under an hour by using sample and mock tests and getting plenty of practice.


We hope you apply these tips and tricks during your preparation and achieve your desired scores. 

Best of luck and happy reading!