What are the accepted language tests for Express Entry?

What are the accepted language tests for Express Entry?

Completing an Express Entry profile is the first step towards permanently immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker. In this process of completing an Express Entry profile, every applicant is required to undergo an English or French language test and submit the results along with meeting other eligibility requirements for Canada PR. It is a mandatory requirement for a skilled applicants under Express Entry to demonstrate his/her language skills in either of the two official languages of Canada, i.e. English and French. You are supposed to submit a language test result to meet the eligibility criteria of all three federal economic immigration programs managed under Express Entry system:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
  3. Canadian Experience Class

Accepted Language tests

As mentioned, to prove your language skills you must take any of these IRCC approved language tests: For English

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) General Training version
  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) General test version

For French

  • TEF Canada (Test dvaluation de franais)

Language Standards- Express Entry

In this test, an applicant must meet minimum requirements of all four language abilities, which includes the following:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

In order to measure your language levels, the IRCC use:

  • Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) - For English
  • Niveaux de comptence linguistique canadien (NCLC) - For French

However, the language standard that you must achieve majorly depends on the program you are applying for.

Minimum language requirements:

Federal Skilled Worker Program Federal Skilled Trades Program Canadian Experience Class
First official language
  • English - Minimum CLB 7
  • French - Minimum NCLC 7
English Speaking and listening- CLB 5 Reading and writing- CLB 4 NOC 0 or A
  • Minimum CLB 7
  • Minimum NCLC 7
Second official language
  • English - Minimum CLB 5
  • French - Minimum NCLC 5
French Speaking and listening- NCLC 5 Reading and writing- NCLC 4 NOC B
  • Minimum CLB 5
  • Minimum NCLC 5

  Please note,your test results must be of less than 2 years old while submitting the application for permanent residence.

Language Testing Options for Express Entry

The IRCC (Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada) doesn't provide language testing for Canadian immigration. You have to get the examination done by a third-party which is approved by the Canadian government. You must schedule and take an English or French language test from an approved agency and have to pay the fee accordingly for writing the test. The next step is to enter your test results into the Express Entry profile along with your Personal Information Number (if asked). Additionally, you must submit the results along with your application if you get an invitation to apply for Canada PR otherwise the IRCC will not process the application. Please note,always keep the original test with you as the IRCC may ask for it at any point of time.

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Following are the key highlights of our language coaching service:

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  • Flexible class schedules
  • Detailed course material that emphasizes on improving Writing, Reading and Speaking
  • Regular mock and practice tests to monitor your progress
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  • Option of booking exam dates on behalf of an applicant
  • Easy interaction with trainers for individual feedbacks
  • Video and audio tutorials for better understanding

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