Language Proficiency tests are designed to assess the language ability of people who aim to study and work in, immigrate to and integrate into Canada and are eligibility criteria for one of the skilled worker programs under Express Entry:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program,
- Canadian Experience Class, or
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
See ‘Do I need a language test to immigrate to Canada?’ from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
The test must be a third-party language test from a designated language testing agency approved by CIC, as outlined below.
Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)
The Canadian English language test for permanent resident status in Canada and Canadian citizenship.
The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) is an English language proficiency test designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent resident status in Canada and Canadian citizenship.
The test provides a valid and reliable measurement of a test taker’s English abilities in a variety of everyday situations, such as communicating with co-workers and superiors in the workplace, interacting with friends, understanding newscasts, and interpreting and responding to written materials.
There are two versions of the CELPIP Test: the CELPIP-General Test and the CELPIP-General LS Test. The CELPIP-General Test assesses functional Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking skills, and is accepted by IRCC as proof of English language proficiency for permanent residency in Canada. The CELPIP-General LS Test assesses functional Listening and Speaking proficiency, and is accepted by IRCC as proof of English language proficiency for Canadian citizenship.
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Note: CELPIP has two tests: “CELPIP-General (CELPIP-G)” and “CELPIP-Academic (CELPIP-A).”
Only the CELPIP-General (CELPIP-G) test results are accepted for CIC purposes.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Note: IELTS offers “General Training” and “Academic” options.
IELTS Academic: If you want to study at university, at an undergraduate or postgraduate level, or join a professional association where English is a prerequisite.
IELTS General: If you want to apply for Express Entry or any other immigration program in order to establish anywhere in Canada.
Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF)
Note: For CIC purposes, applicants must submit results for the following TEF modules:
- compréhension écrite (reading);
- compréhension orale (listening);
- expression écrite (writing);
- and expression orale (speaking).
The lexique et structure (grammar and structure) test is not required for Canadian immigration purposes, although test candidates take it as part of the reading and listening modules.
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Credential Assessment Services
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