Official Language Testing - IELTS

Official Language Testing – IELTS

When applying for permanent residency, the best way to provide proof of language skills is to take a language proficiency test given by an organization approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). You can then see exactly how many points you will receive for the language factor according to your test results.

You Must:

  • Make arrangements for testing by an approved organization. You will have to pay the costs.
  • Include the results of your test with your immigration application.

What Happens Next:

  • You can use the equivalency charts to see exactly how many points you will earn based on your test results.
  • The test results will be used by CIC as conclusive proof of your language skills.
  • You can use language test results for one year from the time you took the test.

Approved Language Tests ( IELTS and CELPIP )

You can arrange to take a language test from any of the following approved organizations:

English Testing Organizations

  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System
    The University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate, Education Australia and the British Council administer this test. IELTS Preparation courses will help you prepare for the test.

    Note: IELTS has two options for the reading and writing tests. There is a General Training and an Academic option. You must take the General Training option.
  • CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
    Applied Research and Evaluation Services of the University of British Columbia administers this test.

IELTS and CELPIP Equivalency Charts

Once you have taken a language test from an approved organization, you can see how many points you will earn:

  1. If you took an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test;
  2. If you took the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP);

International English Language Testing System ( IELTS ): Test Score Equivalency Chart

Level Points
(per ability)
Test Results for each Ability
Speaking Listening Reading
(General Training)
Writing
(General Training)
High
( CLB/SLC 8-12 )
First Official Language: 4 7.0 – 9.0 7.0 – 9.0 7.0 – 9.0 7.0 – 9.0
Second Official Language: 2
Moderate
( CLB/SLC 6-7 )
2 5.0 – 6.9 5.0 – 6.9 5.0 – 6.9 5.0 – 6.9
Basic
(CLB/SLC 4-5)
1
(to a maximum of 2)
4.0 – 4.9 4.0 – 4.9 4.0 – 4.9 4.0 – 4.9
No
(CLB/SLC 0-3)
0 Less than 4.0 Less than 4.0 Less than 4.0 Less than 4.0

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP):
Test Score Equivalency Chart

Level Points
(per ability)
Test Results for each Ability
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
High
(CLB/SLC 8-12)
First Official Language: 4 4H
5
6
4H
5
6
4H
5
6
4H
5
6
Second Official Language: 2
Moderate
(CLB/SLC 6-7)
2 3H
4L
3H
4L
3H
4L
3H
4L
Basic
(CLB/SLC 4-5)
1
(to a maximum of 2)
2H
3L
2H
3L
2H
3L
2H
3L
No
(CLB/SLC 0-3)
0 0
1
2L
0
1
2L
0
1
2L
0
1
2L

For detailed information about IELTS in the Vancouver area please access IELTS Vancouver website

IELTS Test Preparation Course

Prepare for IELTS with IELTS Preparation Program

IELTS Canada

In Canada, IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia. Visit the official IELTS website.