Designated language testing agencies

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

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English language testing agencies

Paragon Testing Enterprises Inc., University of British Columbia administers the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP).

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.

Cambridge ESOL, IDP Australia, and the British Council administer the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Note: IELTS offers “General Training” and “Academic” options. Only the “General Training” test results are accepted for CIC purposes.

French language testing agencies

The Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry administers the 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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