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CELPIP Reading Test Format and Scoring

CELPIP Reading Test Format and Scoring

CELPIP Reading section is excellently designed to test candidates’ reading abilities. This section is having five different parts and one practice test. Candidates have around 10 minutes to read and answer to each part and the passage. You must read to each passage very carefully. The number of questions vary for each part.

Time Duration: 60 Minutes

In all, there are 38 questions in this section.
There is one Practice Task and four-part as follows:

Part 1: Reading Correspondence

Part 2: Reading to Apply on a Diagram

Part 3: Reading for Information

Part 4: Reading to Viewpoints

Part 5: Unscored Items


Part 1: Reading Correspondence

Email

  • Read a personal email and answer six questions on the text.
  • The letter topic can be any subject that people would discuss in a typical correspondence, such as a holiday, a meal at a restaurant, or a family event such as a wedding.
  • The second task in this section, reading a short reply from the recipient of the original letter, will be discussed later.

Study Plan:

  • Review and strengthen your skimming and scanning abilities; these are key speedreading skills. Skimming is quickly running your eyes over the whole text in order to get the main ideas and an overview of the content.
  • Scanning is quickly locating a specific piece of information, word, or phrase. You need both skills to answer reading questions,
  • Read the letter once quickly for general understanding. Clarify who the writer and recipient are, how they know each other, and what the letter is describing. Your skimming skills may be helpful here.
  • Make sure you understand the question. What do you need to know to answer it?
  • Scan the letter to pick out key words and ideas that will help you find the answer in the letter.
  • Compare the answer choices to the information you have. Can you quickly locate the right answer? If not, can you eliminate the wrong answers?
  • ELIMINATING THE WRONG ANSWER

The Reply Letter:

  • The second half of Part 1, the reply letter, is a response from the recipient of the first Letter.
  • This letter will directly reply to the content presented in the first letter, but may also present some new information.
  • The questions here are in a fill-in-the-blanks format.
  • In most cases, you need to relate the reply letter to the first letter to find the answer.

Study Plan:

  • Read the reply letter sentence by sentence. Click on the blanks in order to read the answer choices.
  • Identify and choose any answers that seem immediately correct to you.
  • This might be possible because you are now quite familiar with the subject from reading the first letter.
  • If you have time afterwards, go back and check these more carefully. For those questions that you did not immediately know the answer to, try to recognize what you need to understand in order to choose the correct answer.
  • If you can’t remember something from the original letter, go back and scan it to find the information you need.
  • ELIMINATING THE WRONG ANSWER


Part 2: Reading to Apply on a Diagram

  • 8 questions (5+3). You will read an email and look at an accompanying diagram.
  • The email may be work-related (such as an order enquiry) or personal (such as a list of apartments for rent).
  • To complete the five blanks, you will need to understand the information in the diagram and relate it to the email message.
  • Identify writer, Recipient, and purpose of email.
  • Find out keywords: Dates, places, names.
  • Often, the diagram is a chart that combines illustrations and text.

Study Plan:

  • Skim the diagram. Pay close attention to how it is organized and where you can find specific information (e.g., number of bedrooms or price).
  • Look at the answer options. Make sure you understand what you need to know to fill in the blank.
  • Keeping the answer options in mind, scan the diagram again to find the identifying factor.
  • ELIMINATING THE WRONG ANSWER


Part 3: Reading for Information

Paragraphs A to D Match information as per A to D headings

  • 10 minutes, 9 questions.
  • Four paragraphs about a person, place, event, or process.
  • Match each paragraph with a sentence mentioned in paragraph.
  • Each question is statement.
  • Skim the passage, pull out info and topic of reading.
  • First paragraph will be main topic of the main text. Identify each paragraph topic.
  • Use paragraph topic to locate relevant paragraph.
  • Make sure exact info in statement appear in paragraph it can be paraphrased.
  • Not matched statement will be E. Not given.

Study Plan:

  • Skim the four paragraphs to get a general idea of what the main topic for each is.
  • Use your scrap paper to write these down in a few words; this will help you decide where to search for specific statements later.
  • Read the question statements and identify the key words in each.
  • Scan the paragraphs to see if you can locate the one that is most likely to contain the answer.
  • Search for the key words found in the question statements or look for a parallel term (i.e., words and phrases that have the same meaning, such as synonyms).
  • You can also look for examples related to these key words.
  • ELIMINATING THE WRONG ANSWER
  • Train yourself to be able to recognize three or four pieces of information in each paragraph within that time, your skimming and scanning skills will help you do this quickly.


Part 4: Reading for Viewpoints

Read opinion select 5 answers from drop down, read response, and fill 5 blanks

  • 10 questions, 13 minutes, two set of questions.
  • First section you will read an online article expressing at least two different opinions about a topic related to areas including, but not limited to, business, economic, social policy, or education.
  • In the second section of Reading Part IV, you will read a reply letter to the Viewpoints article, presented as a “Reader’s Comment” posted on the website.
  • To understand the comments, you must first have some understanding of the Viewpoints article, and you may need to infer things in order to answer the questions.
  • Understand the big picture and conclusions.
  • Identify overall topic in first paragraph.
  • Make note of key words.
  • Skim the article to get a general idea of what the main topic is for each of the paragraphs.
  • Read the questions and identify the key words.
  • Scan the paragraphs to see if you can locate the one that is most likely to contain the answer.
  • Locate the key words from the answer choices.
  • Scan the first three paragraphs for the additional key words.
  • ELIMINATING THE WRONG ANSWER

 RESPONDING TO THE PROMPT

  •  Read the reader’s comment sentence by sentence. Click on the blanks in order to read the answer choices.
  • Identify and choose any answers that seem immediately correct to you. This might be possible because you are now quite familiar with the subject from reading the first article.
  • If you have time afterwards, go back and check these more carefully.
  • For those questions that you did not immediately know the answer to, try to recognize what you need to understand in order to choose the correct answer.
  • If you can’t remember something from the original letter, or if you are still unsure, you will need to go back and read the last paragraph again.
  • ELIMINATING THE WRONG ANSWER


How CELPIP Reading Score is Calculated

celpip reading score criteria

Also Check: CELPIP Listening Test Format and Scoring

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