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Conestoga English Language Test (CELT)

The CELT is an English language assessment used at Conestoga to evaluate the proficiency of English language learners for admission to our programs.

The CELT is not intended for students who are currently enrolled in Conestoga's English Language Studies or English for Academic Studies programs.

The CELT measures your skills in:

2018 Dates & Locations

Campus:  Doon (Kitchener)
Room:  2E16-1
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Taking the CELT

The CELT is available at Conestoga's Doon campus
299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, Ontario.

To register, please contact:
Liliana Pereira Melo at 519-748-5220 ext. 3751.

You will need to bring:

Please allow for two hours to take the CELT.

Assessment Fee

A $45 fee is required to take the CELT. Please pay this at the bookstore before the test.

Preparing for the CELT

Knowing the format of the test is the first step towards being prepared. The CELT has four sections, each will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The sections are:

English Structure- This section contains an exercise in error correction, comprehension questions related to grammar, a verb tense exercise and sentence writing.

Reading- This section focuses on academic reading, definitions, comprehension questions as well as charts and a summary.

Writing- This section requires you to write a 200 - 300 word essay on a given topic.

Listening- This section contains an exercise in which you will respond to lecture questions for comprehension.

If you score Band 5 of higher, you will be contacted to take the speaking assessment to confirm whether college language requirements have been met. The speaking assessment will take 20 minutes.

Speaking- This section contains three parts. In part one, you will answer basic information questions. In part two, you will respond to questions related to a visual. In part three, you will respond to a prompt asking you to give your opinion on a current topic.

CELT Scores

The CELT results are communicated via email or telephone within three business days.

The overall achievement scores are called Bands, which determine if you have met the English language requirements for Conestoga programs. See the table below:

CELT Scores
Level 1 - Beginner 1
Level 2 - Low Intermediate 2
Level 3 - High Intermediate 3
Level 4 - Advanced 4
Direct Entry into Certificate/Diploma Programs 5
Direct Entry into Degree Programs/Post Grad Certificates 6

If you do not achieve the band you require, you have the following options:

  1. Further English language training through Conestoga's EAS/ELS program
  2. Self-study
  3. Rewrite the CELT within a four-month period
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