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Language Tests For Express Entry

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

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program, and
  • 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.

  • you must take the CELPIP-General test
  • we don’t accept the General-LS test for Express Entry

IELTS: International English Language Testing System:

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

IELTS have two training Modules:

  • Academic Training
  • 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


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