Prepared by Zilpah D’Souza; Hema Upreti; Edited by Michael Zimmer on February 4, 2023


We see a large number of people moving to Canada as it is one of the most progressive countries in the world. In recent times, the Canadian government has encouraged and welcomed a large number of people who have migrated to or are considering moving to Canada. However, Canada is an English-speaking country and there are certain aspects to keep in mind when making the move. One amongst them is the language proficiency examination. This article discusses with some of the tests that are accepted by the Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The Four language tests accepted by IRCC

  1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): IELTS is one of the most prominent tests accepted by many English speaking countries around the world. It is owned and managed jointly by the Cambridge English, the British Council and International Development Program (IDP) Australia.
  2. Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Programme (CELPIP): CELPIP is also one of the tests taken as proof of your English language abilities. However, CELPIP mainly focuses on people who are planning to migrate to Canada.
  3. Test d’évaluation de français (TEF): TEF is a language proficiency test which measures a person’s language skills in French. This test plays a vital role to obtain Canadian PR as well as citizenship.
  4. Test de connaissance du français (TCF): TCF is used by the IRCC to assess an individual’s French language proficiency in order to obtain permanent residency.



Now the test in town is going to be the Pearson’s Test of English (PTE). And with the addition of this test, which is anticipated toward the end of 2023, the list of tests accepted by IRCC becomes 5.

Pierson’s test of English (PTE) Essential is the newest English proficiency test nominated by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada which is accepted for the purpose of migration. PTE is globally recognised and accepted by more than 70 countries. With growing number of people migrating from different destinations to Canada, PTE Essential paves way to new test takers and gives them opportunity to take a test which is vocational and non-theoretical. Because of its reliability and accessibility, the Pearson’s English test is becoming a popular choice among test-takers.

How are the scoring system of various language related to CLB?

No matter which language test you write to claim points for your Canadian immigration, they are converted to CLB levels while calculating your immigration scores. Because of this, understanding the correlation between the various language tests and CLB levels is vital.

Read this article to understand how a General IELTS score is related to CLB.

The scores awarded for each tests mentioned is different. Check below for details:

Relationship With Canadian Language Benchmark’s (CLB)






What is Express Entry (EE)?

Express Entry is an electronic selection system used by the Federal as well as Provincial governments of Canada [to select], as well as designated Canadian employers [to nominate] candidates for Canadian permanent residence under three of its popular economic [skilled] immigration programs:

Candidates eligible for any of the above programs are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in the Express Entry Pool. It is based on their Core/Human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in English and/or French, etc. And, based on scores, candidates are periodically invited (or nominated) for permanent residence.

The minimum language proficiency requirements for the express entry are:

Contact us today to know if you qualify to migrate to Canada. Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn about finding employment in Canada, making your initial days stress-free, etc.

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