Language testing—Skilled immigrants (Express Entry)

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

You must:

  • schedule your test with an agency approved by IRCC 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 us. Submit your test information with your application. Keep your original test in a safe place as we may ask for it later.

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.
  • We will use the test results as proof of your language skills.

Note: Your test results must be valid (less than two years old) when you complete your Express Entry profile, and when you apply for permanent residence.

The profile is valid for 12 months. You should make sure that your language test results are valid for at least the same number of days.

If your test results expire soon, you should re-take the test and update your Express Entry profile with your new test results.

Language tests we accept

You can take any of these approved language tests:

English

CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program

CELPIP has three different tests. You must take the “CELPIP-General 2014” test to support your immigration application.

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.

French

TEF: Test d’évaluation de français (available in French only)

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

  1. compréhension de l’écrit
  2. compréhension de l’orale
  3. expression écrite
  4. expression orale

Averaging your language score – for people with a physical or mental disability

If you are not able to complete one or more sections of your language test because of a disability, you must input averaged scores based on the ones you completed. Averaged scores, including IELTS, must be determined through this Calculator Tool. Your scores for the sections you did complete must be input and cannot be changed.

Use the Comprehensive Ranking System – Language calculator tool to find out what is your score for the one or more abilities you were unable to complete.

Note: Comprehensive Ranking System – Language calculator is not the same as the Comprehensive Ranking System tool.

Choose a Program:

Federal Skilled Worker Program

CELPIP
First official language (Maximum 24 points)
CLB Level Ability: Speaking Ability: Listening Ability: Reading Ability: Writing Points per ability
7
CELPIP-G-2014
7 7 7 7 4
8
CELPIP-G-2014
8 8 8 8 5
9
CELPIP-G-2014
9 9 9 9 6
10 and above
CELPIP-G-2014
10+ 10+ 10+ 10+ 6
Second official language (4 points if you meet the minimum threshold in all four language abilities)
CLB Level Ability: Speaking Ability: Listening Ability: Reading Ability: Writing Points (total)
5 and above 5 – 12 5 – 12 5 – 12 5 – 12 4
IELTS
First official language (Maximum 24 points)
CLB Level Ability: Speaking Ability: Listening Ability: Reading Ability: Writing Points per ability
7 6.0 6.0 – 7.0 6.0 6.0 4
8 6.5 7.5 6.5 6.5 5
9 7.0 8.0 7.0 7.0 6
10 and above 7.5 – 9.0 8.5 – 9.0 8.0 – 9.0 7.5 – 9.0 6
Second official language (4 points if you meet the minimum threshold in all four language abilities)
CLB Level Ability: Speaking Ability: Listening Ability: Reading Ability: Writing Points (total)
5 and above 5.0 – 9.0
5.0 – 9.0
4.0 – 9.0
5.0 – 9.0
4
TEF
First official language (Maximum 24 points)
NCLC Level Ability: Speaking (expression orale) Ability: Listening (compréhension de l’orale) Ability: Reading (compréhension de l’écrit) Ability: Writing (expression écrite) Points (per ability)
7 310 – 348 249 – 279 207 – 232 310 – 348 4
8 349 – 370 280 – 297 233 – 247 349 – 370 5
9 and above 371+ 298+ 248+ 371+ 6
Second official language (4 points if you meet the minimum threshold in each of the four language abilities)
NCLC Level Ability: Speaking (expression orale) Ability: Listening (compréhension de l’orale) Ability: Reading (compréhension de l’écrit) Ability: Writing (expression écrite) Points (per ability)
5 and above 226 – 371+ 181 – 298+ 151 – 248+ 226 – 371+ 4

Add your points:

  1. First official language:
    • Speaking + Listening + Reading + Writing = your subtotal
  2. Second official language:
    • Add four points to your subtotal if you meet the minimum level in all four abilities. If you do not, you get 0 points for your second official language.
  3. Add (1) and (2) together for your total points.

Federal Skilled Trades Program

CLB Level Test results for each ability
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
9 and above
CELPIP-G-2014

9+

9+

9+

9+

8
CELPIP-G-2014
8 8 8 8
7
CELPIP-G-2014
7 7 7 7
6
CELPIP-G-2014
6 6 6 6
5
CELPIP-G-2014
5 5 5 5
4
CELPIP-G-2014
4 4 4 4
IELTS
CLB Level Test results for each ability
Listening Reading Writing Speaking
10 and above 8.5 – 9.0 8.0 – 9.0 7.5 – 9.0 7.5 – 9.0
9 8.0 7.0 7.0 7.0
8 7.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
7 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
6 5.5 5.0 5.5 5.5
5 5.0 4.0 5.0 5.0
4 4.5 3.5 4.0 4.0
TEF
NCLC Level Test results for each ability
Speaking
(expression orale)
Listening
(compréhension de l'orale)
Reading
(compréhension de l'écrit)
Writing
(expression écrite)
9 and above 371+ 298+ 248+ 371+
8 349 - 370 280 - 297 233 - 247 349 - 370
7 310 – 348 249 – 279 207 – 232 310 – 348
6 271 – 309 217 – 248 181 – 206 271 – 309
5 226 – 270 181 – 216 151 – 180 226 – 270
4 181 – 225 145 – 180 121 – 150 181 – 225

Canadian Experience Class

CELPIP
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
IELTS
NOC CLB Level Test results for each ability
Listening Reading Writing Speaking
0, A 10 and above 8.5-9.0 8.0-9.0 7.5-9.0 7.5-9.0
0, A 9 8.0 7.0 7.0 7.0
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
TEF
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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