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Acceptable Language Tests


  • Stands for International English Language Testing System.
  • This is the most popular English Language Test and is widely accepted by universities, employers, provincial governments, professional etc.
  • Only the IELTS General Test option is accepted by IRCC for various immigration programs (e.g. Express Entry).
  • The language test evaluates applicants on 4 abilities: Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.
  • Test report is generally issued on 13th day after the test.
  • Test scores need to be transferred to CLB levels.
  • You can re-take the test anytime.
  • **COVID-19 Special Update** Due to the ongoing pandemic, the applicants are being provided option to choose computer delivered IELTS test in some centres.
  • Paper or computer based test + in-person speaking test.


  • Stands for Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program.
  • The CELPIP Tests prove English language proficiency for immigration purposes and professional designation.
  • CELPIP General Test is acceptable for Canadian Permanent Residency purpose.
  • Computer based test.
  • The language test evaluates applicants on 4 abilities: Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.
  • The test scores will be available online in 4-5 business days after the test.
  • The test scores match the CLB levels.
  • You can retake the test after 4 days from the previous test.

French Language Exams

The acceptable tests are: TEF Canada (Test d’evaluation de francais) and TCF Canada (Test de connaissance)

Useful Tips

  • Understand the test format
  • Mark your answers directly on the question paper (if applicable)
  • Read the questions carefully.
  • Pay attention to the number of words specified for each question.
  • Pay attention to grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Practice with sample test questions.
  • Paid study materials and preparation courses are available.



Important Notes

  • Your language test results are valid for 2 years.
  • If your language test are not valid (expired) when you apply for Permanent Residency, IRCC will refuse your application.
  • If your language test expire during your time in the Express Entry pool, then: Appear for language test again, decline the invitation to apply (if you get selected), and create a new profile or update your profile with latest test results.