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Canada IELTS Requirements

What are Canada IELTS Requirements?


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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires applicants under the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and some Provincial Nominee Programs to prove language skills by taking a language test approved by IRCC in either English or French. The International English Language Testing System or IELTS is one of the English language tests approved by IRCC, hence some call it Canada IELTS Requirements.

While this page focuses on IELTS, candidates have other test choices such as
Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) which we discuss elsewhere. So it is not particularly accurate to say that there is no Canada immigration without IELTS.

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program also requires language tests in French and/or English to gain points for language proficiency.

To prove language proficiency, each applicant must take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, a Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) exam, Test d’Evaluation Français (TEF) exam, or Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada).


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Results from one of these exams help IRCC Visa Officers determine whether the applicant has sufficient English or French language proficiency to properly integrate into Canadian society and the Canadian workforce. 

To enroll for an IELTS examination, you will need to contact your local IELTS test centre to find out the dates when you will be able to take your test and what the cost will be. Download and complete the application form and send it the local IELTS centre along with your photos, a copy of your identification and your payment.

Before you enroll for IELTS, you should get tested to find out your current language skills. Visit a language assessment centre in your city and tell them you’re interested in taking language classes.

You can also do a self-assessment test to find out your current language level before doing a formal language test.

About the IELTS

This section courtesy of CanadaVisa.com


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The IELTS consists of four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The whole test lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes and can be completed in one day. The speaking component can also be taken up to seven days before or after the other three components (at the discretion of the test centre).

Listening

The listening component lasts for 30 minutes and consists of four audio clips that you must listen to and answer questions about.

  • Conversation: Two speakers
  • Monologue
  • Conversation: Four speakers
  • Lecture

You can read the questions and familiarize yourself with the question types before you listen to the recordings. Listen carefully, as the recordings are played only once.

Reading

The reading component lasts for 60 minutes and consists of three passages you will read and answer questions about. The texts are typically taken from books, newspapers, magazines, and journals. You will be asked to:

  • Identify attitudes and perceptions
  • Find detailed information
  • Complete a diagram

Writing

The Writing component lasts for 60 minutes and consists of two tasks. Be sure to read the question carefully before composing your text.You will need to:

  • Write a descriptive report of a table or diagram (150 words)
  • Write an essay in response to a statement (250 words).

Speaking

The Speaking component lasts for 10–15 minutes. It is a face-to-face interview between the candidate and the examiner. It consists of:


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  • Introduction and interview
  • Individual talk
  • Discussion topics

Try to speak fluently, using appropriate grammar, and demonstrate a range of vocabulary. Always try to support your opinions and answer the questions with more than “yes”€™ or “€˜no”€™.

Scoring

You will be given a score for each component (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) on a Band Scale from 1–9. In order to be awarded the maximum 16 points for English language ability under the Federal Skilled Worker eligibility assessment, you will need to score a 7.5 or higher in the listening component and a 6.5 or higher in the other three components.

  • Band 1: Non user
  • Band 2:€“ Intermittent user
  • Band 3:€“ Extremely limited user
  • Band 4:€“ Limited user
  • Band 5:€“ Modest user
  • Band 6:€“ Competent user
  • Band 7:€“ Good user
  • Band 8:€“ Very good user
  • Band 9:€“ Expert user

French Language Ability Tests

Applicants under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program must provide results of an approved French language test if they are claiming points for French language proficiency.

Several language tests are approved to determine an applicant’s level of French language ability. The following French language tests are the only ones accepted for Quebec immigration purposes:

IELTS Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who needs to take the IELTS?

Applicants for the Federal Skilled Worker and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) are required to provide IELTS, CELPIP or TEF results in order for IRCC to determine their language ability.

2. How do I prepare for the IELTS?

Before you enroll for IELTS, you should get tested to find out your current language skills. Visit a language assessment centre in your city and tell them you’re interested in taking language classes.

You can also do a self-assessment test to find out your current language level before doing a formal language test.

There are preparation courses available through educational institutions and on the internet.

3. Should I take the Academic or the General Training Module?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently updated its processing instructions to visa offices, and is now only accepting test results from the General Training module.

4. Where do I take the IELTS?

To enroll for an IELTS examination, you will need to contact your local IELTS test centre to find out the dates when you will be able to take your test and what the cost will be. Go to the official IELTS website, and search for your nearest IELTS test centre on the top navigation bar.

5. How much does the IELTS cost?

The cost varies but is typically around CAD $250.

6. How long does the test take?

The whole test takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete.

  • Listening:€“ 30 minutes
  • Reading:€“ 60 minutes
  • Writing: 60 minutes
  • Speaking:€“ 10–15 minutes

7. How long does it take to get my IELTS results?

Results are generally issued 13 days after the test.

8. If I am not satisfied with my results, how soon after can I take the test again?

Candidates are able to repeat the test whenever they wish. You will need to submit another application form; on that form you must indicate the date on which you last took the test. New fees will apply.

9. Can I repeat only the module in which I did not score well?

No. The IELTS is meant to provide an overall profile of a candidate’€™s English proficiency at a given time. For the results to be accurate, all modules must be taken at the same time.

10. How long are the IELTS test results valid for?

IELTS results are valid for a period of two years. IELTS results issued within 24 months from the date of submission of an application should remain valid throughout the application process.

11. How do IELTS test results correspond to Canadian Benchmark Levels (CLBs)?

IELTS test results correspond to CLB scores as follows:

CLB Level 9 – IELTS Listening: 8.0 Reading: 7.0 Writing: 7.0 Speaking: 7.0

CLB Level 8 – IELTS Listening: 7.5 Reading: 6.5 Writing: 6.5 Speaking: 6.5

CLB Level 7 – IELTS Listening: 6.0 Reading: 6.0 Writing: 6.0 Speaking: 6.0

CLB Level 6 – IELTS Listening: 5.5 Reading: 5.0 Writing: 5.5 Speaking: 5.5

CLB Level 5 – IELTS Listening: 5.0 Reading: 4.0 Writing: 5.0 Speaking: 5.0

CLB Level 4 -IELTS Listening: 4.5 Reading: 3.5 Writing: 4.0 Speaking: 4.0

12. What Are the Express Entry Points for Languages?

1) First Official Language Express Entry Points

Test scoreWith spouseSingle
CLB 4 (L4.5, R3.5, W4, S4) or 5 (R4, 5 in all others)66
CLB 6 (5 in Reading, 5.5 in all others)89
CLB 7 (6 in all four abilities)1617
CLB 8 (7.5 in Listening, 6.5 in all others)2223
CLB 9 (8 in Listening, 7 in all others)2931
CLB ≥ 10 (L8.5, R8, W7.5, S7.5)3234

2)  Second Official Language Express Entry Points

Test scoreWith spouseSingle
CLB 5 or 611
CLB 7 or 833
CLB ≥ 966

3) Additional Combination Points for Strong French Language

Test scoreWith spouseSingle
CLB 7 in French and CLB 4 or less for English1515
CLB 7 in French and CLB 5 or higher for English3030

4) Language Requirements By Program

13. What Are The Language Requirements For The Federal Skilled Worker Program?

You must obtain a minimum level of CLB or NCLC 7 for your first official language in all four language areas. To receive points for your second official language, you must meet the minimum level of CLB or NCLC 5 in all four language areas.

14. What Are The Language Requirements For The Federal Skilled Trades Program? 

You must obtain a minimum level of: 

  • CLB or NCLC 5 in speaking and listening abilities, and 
  • CLB or NCLC 4 in reading and writing abilities.

15. What Are The Language Requirements For The Canadian Experience Class? 

The skills you need for this program will depend on the job classification under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC):

  • NOC 0 or A: CLB / NCLC 7 +
  • NOC B: CLB / NCLC 5 and 6

16. What Are The Language Requirements For The Canadian Citizenship?

All applicants for Canadian citizenship aged 18-54 must submit proof that they have adequate knowledge of English or French. 

If you decide to submit a third-party language test, the results must be equal to CLB / NCLC level 4 or higher in speaking and listening abilities. 

The federal authorities also accept expired test results if they were done for immigration or citizenship purposes.

Important Note

It is important for all candidates who intend to apply for immigration to Canada to acquire high language proficiency and attain the highest language scores possible. This will increase your overall ranking scores on the CRS points system and thus your chances to immigrate to Canada.

English or French language skills are very important to help you settle in Canada. While you are better off with both, you may choose to focus on learning or improving one or the other depending on where you plan to settle in Canada.

If you already speak either English or French, it is advantageous to take the time to learn the other. In many parts of Canada, being able to speak both is an advantage for finding a job and taking part in your community. See Language Portal of Canada for tools and resources to improve your language skills.

Strong English or French skills will help with:

  • getting a job
  • going to school
  • accessing services
  • helping your children with school work
  • meeting and talking to people
  • getting your Canadian citizenship

To find information about other language training programs funded by the provinces or territories:

Using language tests and certificates

There are cases where you may need to prove your ability in either English or French, such as:

  • when you apply for a job
  • to get into a university or college

There are several language tests that are widely accepted. They will give you a certificate and test results that you can use for many purposes.

English language tests and certificates:

French language tests and certificates:

You can also find out about these tests from some government language testing centres or private language schools.

Designated language-testing organizations

English language-testing organizations

The following organizations administer the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP):

  • Paragon Testing Enterprises Inc.
  • University of British Columbia

Note: The CELPIP has 2 tests: “CELPIP-General (CELPIP-G)” and “CELPIP-Academic (CELPIP-A)”. Only the CELPIP-G test results are accepted for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) purposes.

The following organizations administer the International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

  • Cambridge Assessment English
  • International Development Program (IDP) Australia
  • British Council

Note: The IELTS offers “General Training” and “Academic” options. Only the “General Training” test results are accepted for IRCC purposes.

French language-testing organizations

The Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry administers the Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF Canada).

Note: For IRCC purposes, applicants must submit results for the following TEF Canada modules: reading (compréhension de l’écrit), listening (compréhension de l’oral), writing (expression écrite) and speaking (expression orale). The grammar and structure (lexique et structure) module is not required for Canadian economic immigration purposes, although test candidates take it as part of the reading and listening modules.

The Centre international d’études pédagogiques administers the Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada).

Note: For IRCC purposes, applicants must submit results for the following TCF Canada modules: reading (compréhension de l’écrit), listening (compréhension de l’oral), writing (expression écrite) and speaking (expression orale).Report a problem or mistake on this pageShare this page

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