Language testing – Federal skilled workers

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

If you took the test before April 1, 2014, you would have had to take the “CELPIP-General (CELPIP-G)” test.

Note: As of April 1, 2014, the CELPIP-G will not be used any more. It will be replaced with the “CELPIP-General 2014”. After April 1, 2014 you must take the “CELPIP-General 2014” test. The CELPIP-General 2014 scoring grid is different from the CELPIP-G test (see below).

First official language (Maximum 24 points)

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

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

If you took the test before April 1, 2014:

CLB Level Ability: Speaking Ability: Listening Ability: Reading Ability: Writing Points per ability

7

CELPIP-G
4L 4L 4L 4L 4

8

CELPIP-G
4H 4H 4H 4H 5

9

CELPIP-G
5L 5L 5L 5L 6

10 and above

CELPIP-G
5H 5H 5H 5H 6

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.

Second official language (4 points if you meet the minimum threshold in all four language abilities)

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

CLB Level Ability: Speaking Ability: Listening Ability: Reading Ability: Writing Points (total)
5 and above 5 – 12 5 – 12 5 – 12 5 – 12 4

If you took the test before April 1, 2014:

CLB Level Ability: Speaking Ability: Listening Ability: Reading Ability: Writing Points (total)
5 and above 3L
3H
4L
4H
5L
5H
3L
3H
4L
4H
5L
5H
3L
3H
4L
4H
5L
5H
3L
3H
4L
4H
5L
5H
4

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.

First official language (Maximum 24 points)

CLB Level Ability: Speaking Ability: Listening Ability: Reading Ability: Writing Points per ability
7 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 4
8 6.5 7.5 6.5 6.5 5
9 and above 7.0 – 9.0 8.0 – 9.0 7.0 – 9.0 7.0 – 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

French

TEF: Test d’évaluation de français

You must submit results from the following TEF tests as proof of your French language proficiency:

  • compréhension de l’écrit
  • compréhension de l’orale
  • expression écrite
  • expression orale.

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:

To calculate your points you need to add your first and second official language

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