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The University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus, in partnership with Paragon Testing Enterprises, is pleased to announce that it is now an official CELPIP Test Centre




The CELPIP Test stands for the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program.  It is a fully computer-delivered English language testing program that provides a consistent and standardized measurement of a test taker’s competency in the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). It was originally developed by The University of British Columbia (UBC) to give a Canadian alternative to the IELTS Test,which is a British/Australian Test.  It incorporates Canadian English and accents as practiced in Canada.


The CELPIP Test comes in two versions to suit different organizational needs(CELPIP-General and CELPIP-General LS).  


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The CELPIP-General Test assesses listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency in typical everyday situations. It is designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as proof of English language proficiency for those applying for permanent residence status in Canada.




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 The CELPIP-General LS Test assesses listening and speaking proficiency in typical everyday situations.  It is accepted by CIC as proof of listening and speaking proficiency for those applying for Canadian citizenship.  





To view upcoming test dates at The University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus and to register, visit the CELPIP website at




Paragon Testing Enterprises is a subsidiary of UBC and was created in 2009 to commercialize the universities English language tests. Paragon administers the Canadian English LanguageProficiency Index Program (CELPIP) test, the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) assessment and the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test.

Paragon seeks to make its English proficiency tests the tests of choice for those wishing to immigrate to Canada, to become Canadian citizens, or to study in Canada at all levels by emphasizing the quality of its tests and test research program backed by UBC.

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