Express Entry- Language requirements for Canadian Experience Class

Language requirements for Canadian Experience Class
Language requirements for Canadian Experience Class – Express Entry

Express Entry- Language requirements for Canadian Experience Class are required to prove language skills by taking the test which is approved by IRCC.

All applicants are required to prove language skills by taking an approved language test, to do this you must do the following:

  • Applicants must schedule a test with an agency which is approved by IRCC and pay the cost
  • Applicants must enter the test results into your Express Entry Profile (and the personal number, it the systems ask to provide)
  • Applicants must include the results with an application if they are invited to apply. If you do not include it, then we will not process your application.

Please do not ask for your language test results to be sent directly to us. Send us your results with your completed application and keep your original test in a safe place as we may ask you later.

Express Entry Language Test

The language test we accept and you can take any of these approved language tests:

English

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

Must take the CELPIP General Test

We do not accept General –LS test for an Express Entry

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Must take the General Training Option

We do not accept the Academic Option for an Express Entry

  • French
    • Test d’évaluation de français, (TEF Canada) including:
      • compréhension de l’écrit
      • compréhension de l’oral
      • expression écrite
      • expression orale
    • Test de Connaissance du français, (TCF Canada) including:
      • compréhension de l’écrit
      • compréhension de l’oral
      • expression écrite
      • expression orale

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What’s next?

You must see what language level you have based on your test results in:

 

  • CLB: Canadian Language Benchmark
  • NCLC: Niveaux de compétence Linguistique Canadiens

We will use these test results as proof of your language skills and make sure these results must be valid (less than 2 years old) when you:

  • Complete your Express Entry Profile and
  • Application for Permanent Residence

Express Entry profile is valid for 12 months only and makes sure that your language test results are valid at the same time. If your test results expire, then you should re-take the test and update your Express Entry Profile with your new test results.

Language Score for People with a Physical or Mental Disability
Averaging Language Score

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 do the following:

  • Must use the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) – Language Calculator Tool to find out your score for the abilities that you were not able to complete
  • You must input the average scores based on those which you have completed
  • The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) – Language Calculator is not the same as the Comprehensive Ranking System Tool.
  • Please choose a Program:

Federal Skilled Worker Program

CELPIP-G

First Official Language (Maximum 24 Points)

CLB Level Ability: Speaking Ability: Listening Ability: Reading Ability: Writing Points per Ability
7 CELPIP-G 7 7 7 7 4
8 CELPIP-G 8 8 8 8 5
9 CELPIP-G 9 9 9 9 6
10 and Above CELPIP-G 10+ 10+ 10+ 10+ 6

Second Official Language (4 Points if you meet the minimum threshold in all 4 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 4 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 Canada

First Official Language (Maximum 24 Points)

NCLC Level Ability: Speaking (Expression Orale) Ability: Listening (compréhension de l’oral) Ability: Reading (compréhension de l’écrit) Ability: Writing (expression écrite) Points (per ability)
7 310-348 249-279 207-232 310-348 4
8 349-370 280-297 233-247 249-370 5
9 and Above 371+ 298+ 248+ 371+ 6

Second Official Language (4 Points if you meet the minimum threshold in all 4 language abilities)

NCLC Level Ability: Speaking (Expression Orale) Ability: Listening (compréhension de l’oral) Ability: Reading (compréhension de l’écrit) Ability: Writing (expression écrite) Points (TOTAL)
5 and Above 226 – 371+ 181 – 298+ 151 – 248+ 226 – 371+ 4

 

TCF Canada

NCLC Level Ability: Speaking (Expression Orale) Ability: Listening (compréhension de l’oral) Ability: Reading (compréhension de l’écrit) Ability: Writing (expression écrite) Points (per ability)
7 10-11 458 – 502 453 – 498 10 – 11 4
8 12-13 503 – 522 499 – 523 12 – 13 5
9 and Above 14+ 523+ 524+ 14+ 6

 Second Official Language (4 Points if you meet the minimum threshold in all 4 language abilities)

NCLC Level Ability: Speaking (Expression Orale) Ability: Listening (compréhension de l’oral) Ability: Reading (compréhension de l’écrit) Ability: Writing (expression écrite) Points (TOTAL)
5 and Above 6+ 369 – 397+ 375 – 405+ 6+ 4

 

Please add your Points:

      1. First Official Language
        • Speaking + Listening + Writing + Reading = Your Subtotal
      1. Second Official Language
        • Please add 4 points to your subtotal if you meet the minimum level in all 4 abilities. If you don’t then you will get 0 points for your Second Official Language
      1. Please add 1 and 2 together for your total points

 Federal Skilled Trades Program

CELPIP-G

Test results for each ability

CLB Level Speaking Listening Reading writing
9 and Above 9+ 9+ 9+ 9+
8 8 8 8 8
7 7 7 7 7
6 6 6 6 6
5 5 5 5 5
4 4 4 4 4

 

IELTS

Test results for each ability

CLB Level 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 Canada

Test results for each ability

NCLC Level Speaking (Expression Orale)  Listening (compréhension de l’oral) 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

 

TCF Canada

Test results for each ability

NCLC Level Speaking (Expression Orale)  Listening (compréhension de l’oral) Reading (compréhension de l’écrit) Writing (expression écrite)
10 and Above 16-20 549 – 699 549 – 699 16-20
9 14 – 15 523 – 548 524 – 548 14 – 15
8 12 – 13 503 – 522 499 – 523 12 – 13
7 10 – 11 458 – 502 453 – 498 10 – 11
6 7 – 9 398 – 457 406 – 452 7 – 9
5 6 369 – 397 375 – 405 6
4 4 – 5 331 – 368 342 – 374 4 – 5

 

Canadian Experience Class

CELPIP-G

Test results for each ability

NOC CLB Level Speaking Listening Reading writing
0,A 9 and Above 9+ 9+ 9+ 9+
0,A 8 8 8 8 8
0,A 7 7 7 7 7
B 6 6 6 6 6
B 5 5 5 5 5

 

IELTS

Test results for each ability

NOC CLB Level 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 Canada

Test results for each ability

NOC NCLC Level Speaking (Expression Orale)  Listening (compréhension de l’oral) 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

 

 TCF Canada

Test results for each ability

NOC NCLC Level Speaking (Expression Orale)  Listening (compréhension de l’oral) Reading (compréhension de l’écrit) Writing (expression écrite)
0, A 10 and Above 16 – 20 549 – 699 549 – 699 16 – 20
0, A 9 14 – 15 523 – 548 524 – 548 14 – 15
0, A 8 12 – 13 503 – 522 499 – 523 12 – 13
0, A 7 10 – 11 458 – 502 453 – 498 10 – 11
B 6 7 – 9 398 – 457 406 – 452 7 – 9
B 5 6 369 – 397 375 – 405 6

 

Note: The language instruction for newcomers to Canada (LINC) centers are not approved testing agencies for people who apply under the Canadian Experience Class.

 

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