Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Have you ever wondered about IELTS vs. CELPIP?

Today you’ll meet Wakako, who took IELTS a second time.

She then got the overall 7 she needed!

Find out why she thinks IELTS is easier than CELPIP.

You’ll also learn how she increased her score in this special guest episode.

Who is Wakako?

She is originally from Japan.

She has lived in the Netherlands for several years.

Love brought her there!

Currently, she is working in the Netherlands.

She is now planning to immigrate to Canada.

What scores did she receive?

  • Overall: 7
  • Listening: 7.5
  • Reading: 7.5
  • Speaking: 7
  • Writing: 6.5

The minimum requirement for Canadian PR was 6.

She blew that out of the water!

This idiom means she destroyed or overcame it completely.


The listening test on CELPIP takes a full hour.

This is twice the time as IELTS listening.

It is extremely tiring.

You also can’t see the questions before you hear the audio.

Therefore, you have to take notes on everything.

You then see the questions.

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Test format

For any standardized test you take, so many things are different.

How many people are in the room

How long the tests are

The types of questions

It’s vital that you prepare for a specific exam.

Don’t study for IELTS with a CELPIP expert.

You need to learn all the details for the exam you are taking.

How to prepare for IELTS

Wakako had plenty of time to study.

She knew time wasn’t the only thing she needed.

In order to get the scores she needed, it was vital to learn strategies.

She believes that without our course 3 Keys IELTS, it would’ve been impossible to get her scores.

The 60-day plan helped her stay organized.

Additionally, she felt the support from Jessica and Aubrey was excellent.

She received quick answers to questions.

Lessons from the IELTS Energy podcast

Wakako credits our podcast for a lot of the vocabulary she learned.

She used a phrase she learned from the podcast.

  • People’s tastes are eclectic.

This adjective is extremely high scoring.

She could see that the examiner was impressed by her vocabulary.


Take IELTS instead of CELPIP!

Wakako took both and feels IELTS is much more straight-forward.

If you have the option, prepare for IELTS instead.

Like Wakako, you need strategies to get your IELTS scores.

You need answers to questions that you can trust!

For all the strategies you need, sign up for 3 Keys IELTS!

What questions do you have from today’s episode?

Please leave a comment below.

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