The CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) Speaking Test evaluates a test taker’s ability to communicate in English in various everyday situations. The speaking test is divided into eight tasks, and the score is based on several criteria. Here’s a general overview of how the CELPIP Speaking Test is scored:
- Completeness: The extent to which the test taker provides sufficient and relevant information in response to the task.
- Coherence: How well the ideas are organized and connected within the response.
- Range: The variety and appropriateness of words used in the response.
- Accuracy: The correctness of word choice, including the use of appropriate verb tenses and word forms.
- Range: The variety and appropriateness of grammatical structures used.
- Accuracy: The correctness of grammatical structures, including verb agreement, sentence structure, and usage.
- Clarity: The extent to which the test taker’s pronunciation is clear and intelligible.
- Naturalness: The degree to which the pronunciation sounds natural and native-like.
- Rate: The pace at which the test taker speaks.
- Flow: How smoothly the test taker connects ideas and avoids awkward pauses or hesitations.
- Interactive Communication:
- Appropriateness: The extent to which the test taker’s responses are suitable for the given context and audience.
Each of the eight tasks in the CELPIP Speaking Test is scored separately, and the scores are then combined to give an overall speaking score. The scoring is done by trained CELPIP assessors who use specific criteria to evaluate each aspect mentioned above. The maximum possible score for the CELPIP Speaking Test is 5, and the minimum is 1. The scores are then converted to a scale of 1 to 9 for reporting purposes.
It’s important to note that the CELPIP test is designed to assess practical, real-life language skills, and the speaking test reflects this by evaluating a test taker’s ability to communicate effectively in various everyday situations.