Language Requirements For Canadian Immigration

Language tests are one of the eligibility requirements for all 3 programs under Express Entry:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program, and
  3. Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates are awarded points based on their English and French Language ability.

The minimum requirements for language are different for the 3 programs. When you are creating your Express Entry profile, the system will request you to provide information of the language test you have taken along-with the results and reference numbers.

Approved tests for French

TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français, including

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

TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du français, including

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

Approved tests for English

CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program: Currently not available in major parts of India except Hyderabad so this test is not preferred in India.

Only for applicants who are currently residing in Canada.

  1. You must take the CELPIP-General test
  2. We don’t accept the General-LS test for Express Entry

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

  1. IELTS tests are conducted by 2 organizations
  2. IDP India (Australia based organization)
  3. The British Council. (UK based organization)
  4. IELTS is valid for 2 years
  5. Original Passport is mandatory to take up IELTS (Hall ticket)
  6. IELTS outcome is TRF (Test Report Form)
  7. This is one among the mandatory documents for Express Entry

IELTS have two training Modules

  1. Academic Training
  2. General Training

For express entry purpose IELTS General is accepted, Academic training for education purpose.

IELTS to CLB conversion table: FSW

First official language (Maximum 24 points)
FSW Points Listening Speaking Reading Writing CLB Level
1 1 1 1 1
2 12 1.5 2 2
3.5 3 2.5 3 3
4.5 4 3.5 4 4
5 5 4 5 5
5.5 5.5 5 5.5 6
4 6 - 7 6 6 6 7
5 7.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 8
6 8 7 7 7 9
6 8.5 7.5 8 7.5 10
6 9 8 8.5 8 11
6 9 9 9 9 12

IELTS to CLB conversion table: FST

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 5.0 5.0 5.0

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why IELTS is taken?

IELTS Test is generally taken if one wants to Study or receive a Permanent Resident to a country which has English has their native language.

IELTS is also the most popular test for those looking to migrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.

How does IELTS test works?
  1. Once you book your IELTS test you will receive a confirmation
  2. You will not be able to choose your speaking test date, time and the venue. Within a week from your test date, you will receive an email regarding the time and venue for your test
  3. Test Fee for IELTS test is 14,700 also with 150 as service charges the total test fee is 14,850.
About and how to apply for Revaluation
  1. The Revaluation cost is 8,475
  2. YIf your score doesn’t have a change then the revaluation cost will be refunded.
  3. Your score will not be reduced during the revaluation.
  4. Procedure for revaluation is you will have to contact the test center where you took your IELTS test, you’ll have to fill an Application Form with Financial Details for refund purpose.
  5. You can request a revaluation within 6 weeks from your Test Report Form.
  6. You can request for revaluation for your complete test or any one or more parts
  7. Once you request for a revaluation another IELTS examiner who is not aware of the original marks will evaluate your report.
  8. If there is a change in your report a new Test Report Form will be issued
  9. Your result will normally be available in 2 to 28 days, depending on several factors including the number of sections requested for remark.
IELTS score scale

9 - Expert user - The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

8 - Very good user - The test taker has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation well.

7 - Good user - The test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.

6 - Competent user - The test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

5 - Modest user - The test taker has a partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.


4 - Limited user - The test taker's basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.

3 - Extremely limited user - The test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.

2 - Intermittent user - The test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

1 - Non-user - The test taker has no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.

0 - Did not attempt the test - The test taker did not answer the questions.

IELTS comes in two Modules:

Academic test is taken for those who are looking for academic purpose and,

General Training test is taken for those who are looking over to immigrate.

IELTS Test Format:

For paper-based Listening, Reading, and Writing sections will be taken on paper with either pen or pencils.

Results for paper-based test will be announced after 13 calendar days which is in 2 weeks.

For Computer based Listening, Reading, and Writing sections will be taken on computer.

Results for computer-based test will be announced within 3-5 days.

Speaking section for both the format is common which remains will be done Face to Face.

IELTS Test Sections

IELTS Test has 4 sections they are: -



Writing and,


How Listening test works?

The Listening format is the same for both the modules.

You will be given headphones to hear over the questions and you will have to write the answers in the question paper itself once after the test is over an extra 10 minutes will be given to transfer the answers to the answer sheet.

Question will be in a format of choose, Fill ups, match and one-word answers, plan/map/diagram labelling.

Listening which has 40 question and it will be divided into 4 sections

1 st Section

  • A conversation between two people as in everyday social context.
  • Eg: conversation in an accommodation agency or a rental conversation
  • 2 nd Section

  • A monologue set in an everyday social context.
  • Eg: a speech about local facilities.
  • 3 rd Section

  • A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context.
  • Eg: a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
  • 4 th Section

  • A monologue on an academic subject
  • Eg: a university lecture about a particular subject or a person.
  • How Reading Test works?

    For Academic

  • You will be given 40 questions which will be divided into 3 long texts.
  • The texts will be authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.
  • The types of questions will be in the format of you’ll have find the tittle for the given text, Chose, match, fill up and one or to words answer.
  • For General Training.

  • Requires you to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines.
  • The question types would be the same as for academic.
  • How Writing test works?

    For Academic

    There will be 2 tasks. Topics will be general.

    Task 1

  • You will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and are asked to describe, summarize or explain the information in your own words.
  • You may also be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
  • For General Training.

  • Requires you to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines.
  • The question types would be the same as for academic.
  • Task 2

  • An essay question will be asked
  • The question format will be like.

    1. Advantages and Disadvantages

  • 2. You agree to the statement or not, why?

    summary>How Writing test works?

    For General Training

    There will be 2 tasks. Topics will be general.

    Task 1

  • A letter Writing - You will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation
  • Task 2

  • An essay writing – in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
  • How Speaking test works?
  • All of your speaking parts will be recorded
  • The speaking test is the same for both modules
  • Speaking test is been divided into 3 parts
  • Part 1

  • You will be asked question about yourself and about your home, family, work, studies and interests.
  • Part 2

  • A card will be given to you with any particular topic.
  • One minutes will be given for you to prepare about it
  • You will have to talk about it for 2 minutes.
  • Finally, the examiner will ask you 2 to 3 questions over what you talk.
  • Part 3

  • You will be asked further questions connected to the topic in Part 2
  • This final part will be for 4 to 5 minutes
  • Points to remember for your test


  • Make sure you come up with ideas.
  • Use Idioms
  • Don’t have a long pause
  • Use different connecting words
  • Be Loud.
  • Make sure your pronunciation is clear
  • Don’t use any unused accent
  • Listening

  • Listen to the question clearly
  • Don’t mix up the questions
  • If the question/answer is not clear go to the next immediately
  • Writing

  • Write neatly
  • Understand the question first
  • Use different set of words and connecters
  • Have side heading for your 2 nd test if it is an essay
  • Don’t go out of the concept (question).
  • Make sure your pronunciation is clear
  • Stick to the word limit
  • Reading

  • Stick to the timings
  • Understand every question properly
  • Don’t take more than 2 to 3 mins for each question
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