Language testing – Canadian Experience Class

You must prove your language skills by taking a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

You must

  • schedule your test with an agency approved by CIC and pay the costs, and
  • include the results of your test when you apply. If you do not, we will send your application back to you without processing it.

Do not ask for your language test results to be sent directly to CIC. Submit your original test results along with your application. We do not accept photocopies.

What happens next

  • You can use the charts below to see what Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) [in French: Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC)] level you have based on your test results.
  • CIC will use the test results as proof of your language skills.

    Note: Your test results must be less than two years old when you apply.

Language tests we accept

You can take any of these approved language tests:

English

CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program

CELPIP has three tests: “CELPIP-General (CELPIP-G),” “CELPIP-General LS (CELPIP-General LS), and “CELPIP-Academic (CELPIP-A).” You must take the “CELPIP-G” test.

Note: As of April 1, 2014, you must take the “CELPIP-G 2014” test. The CELPIP-G 2014 scoring grid is different from the CELPIP-G test (see below).

If you took the test on or after April 1, 2014:

NOC CLB Level Test results for each ability
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
0,A 9 and above
CELPIP-G-2014
9+ 9+ 9+ 9+
0, A 8
CELPIP-G-2014
8 8 8 8
0, A 7
CELPIP-G-2014
7 7 7 7
B 6
CELPIP-G-2014
6 6 6 6
B 5
CELPIP-G-2014
5 5 5 5

If you took the test before April 1, 2014:

NOC CLB Level Test results for each ability
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
0,A

10 and above

5H 5H 5H 5H
0, A

9

5L 5L 5L 5L
0, A

8

4H 4H 4H 4H
0, A

7

4L 4L 4L 4L
B 6 3H 3H 3H 3H
B

5

3L 3L 3L 3L

Note: CELPIP test results for tests written before May 3, 2013 will have a score of 5 for each ability for CLB levels 9 and 10.

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

IELTS has two options for the reading and writing tests: “General Training” and “Academic.” You must take the “General Training” option.

NOC CLB Level Test results for each ability
Listening Reading Writing Speaking
0, A 9 and above 8.0-9.0 7.0-9.0 7.0-9.0 7.0-9.0
0, A 8 7.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
0, A 7 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
B 6 5.5 5.0 5.5 5.5
B 5 5.0 4.0 5.0 5.0

French

TEF: Test d’évaluation de français

You must submit results from these TEF tests as proof of your French language skills:

  • compréhension de l’écrit
  • compréhension de l’orale
  • expression écrite
  • expression orale
NOC NCLC Level Test results for each ability
Speaking
(expression orale)
Listening
(compréhension de l'orale)
Reading
(compréhension de l'écrit)
Writing
(expression écrite)
0, A 9 and above 371+ 298+ 248+ 371+
0, A 8 349-370 280-297 233-247 349-370
0, A 7 310 – 348 249 – 279 207 – 232 310 – 348
B 6 271 – 309 217 – 248 181 – 206 271 – 309
B 5 226 – 270 181 – 216 151 – 180 226 – 270

Note: Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) centres are not approved testing agencies for people who apply under the Canadian Experience Class.

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