CELPIP - Tips for Writing

The best advice we can provide you when it comes to preparing for CELPIP is to take your time. Preparing for the test the day before or even the night before would not give you enough time to prepare and feel confident while taking it. CELPIP writing takes an hour to complete and is done on a computer. As a result, you’ll be able to keep track of your word count and time. So, let’s look at a few tips that can help you increase your score. 

  1. Practicing your tenses is the most vital of all the CELPIP Writing Tips. Know your tenses from top to bottom, inside out, and upside down! 
  2. Use a computer to practise – Because the CELPIP Test is entirely computer-based, you should be familiar with using a mouse and keyboard before taking it.
  3. Make a plan for your writing – Structure your phrases and paragraphs in a well-thought-out structure to ensure that your ideas and arguments flow freely and logically. Making an outline before you start writing is the greatest method to ensure that all of your ideas are well-integrated into your piece. Make sure you employ the proper transitions and, if necessary, greetings and sign-offs.
  4. Make extensive use of a diverse vocabulary and grammatical structures – Make sure your vocabulary is wide, rich, and natural, and that your word choices are suitable. Use a variety of grammatical structures and produce sentences of varying lengths and complexity in your writing exercise.
  5. Keep track of your time – Remember that you can spend the first 5 minutes of your CELPIP Test to plan your response to the question, and make sure you leave 5 to 7 minutes at the end to edit and enhance your work. The remainder of your time should be spent writing your response. Try timing yourself while you practise writing an email or a journal entry so you know how long it takes to respond.
  6. Re-read your work – Rewriting your work will help you gain confidence in your writing and identify the types of errors you make. Although the CELPIP Writing Test includes an automatic spelling checker, keep in mind that selecting the correct word when the spelling checker gives you an option can be challenging.
  7. Pick a main idea – Ensure that each paragraph only has one primary theme.


Tips for Writing Letters. 

  1. Choose your style correctly- When writing to friends and family, use a casual tone. (contraction, incomplete sentences). When writing to those in positions of authority, use a formal tone. (no contractions, complete phrases)
  2. Be certain that your essay responds to the entire question. Connect your concepts with referents and terms like “however,” “soon,” and “in the meanwhile.”
  3. Use capital letters to begin sentences and names of persons and places.
  4. Each paragraph of your email, letter, or survey response should lead up to the conclusion. Consider how you would structure your email, letter, or survey response if you were writing it in your native language.
  5. The initial few phrases of your letter or survey response should explain what you’ll be talking about. 
  6. Separate your paragraphs and salutations with a single line space.
  7. The content in your text must flow logically, and the ideas must be consistent. Keep your expectations in check.
  8. Instead of writing intricate and elaborate sentences, try to produce short and basic sentences.  Make sure you’re using the correct verb form.
  9. Ideally, your email should be 4-5 paragraphs long. Each paragraph should have short sentences that address the task’s bullet points.
  10. The greetings section of the email should come first. Dear Sir or Dear John, for example. The purpose of the email should be explained in the next paragraph, followed by which,  you must describe the circumstance and the issue. 
  11. You must include a conclusion in the last paragraph. Check your word count and either come up with a solution or make the requested revisions. This is dependent on the task at hand. Don’t forget to close the email with a good ending sentence and polite salutations.
  12. After each paragraph, pay close attention to the space. Greetings and salutations should both be written on the left side of the page. After greetings, use commas. The initial letter of each word should be capitalised. Check for spelling errors and repetitions in your email.


Tips for Responding to Survey questions

You have the option of writing your response in the form of a letter or an essay. There are no greetings in this work because surveys are anonymous.

  1. First and probably most important, you must understand the subject. If you’re having a debate, you should present both views and then choose one. If the topic is one on which you have an opinion, you must express it. If there is an issue, you should first discuss it and then give a resolution at the end.
  2. Choosing an option – This activity is less difficult than drafting an email because it is all about you. You have two alternatives to pick from. You can choose any choice you want, or possibly one that is more convenient for you. It is suggested that you select the one that you are more familiar with. To communicate your choice, you should use the right language, such as “In my opinion…”
  3. This section should include a total of four paragraphs. Each paragraph is about 40 and 50 words long. The introduction paragraph is the opening paragraph. You should explain why you chose the one you did. To prove your case, you need to have at least two ideas or arguments. Explain in a paragraph to each of them. You must include a conclusion in the last paragraph. You can support your claim with examples. 
  4. Connectors and transitions – To show the connection between the sentences, use the appropriate transitions and connectors. In the paragraphs, there should be uniformity and a logical flow of ideas.
  5. Check your work for errors – The most crucial step is proofreading. You’re aware of the regulations, so make sure you don’t lose points for minor mistakes. It will take you 2 minutes to go over the text again and look for any errors or duplicates. Strong tenses and grammar are required whether you are a native or non-native speaker. Take a few practise exams to identify your weak spots.


We don’t want to watch you stumbling over words and concepts. So there you have it. To get some good ideas, read more newspapers and periodicals.

If you follow these suggestions, we believe you will achieve a high score on the CELPIP Writing tasks.