Express Entry is the fastest way of obtaining a Canadian permanent residence. However, as applicants are pitted against each other and only the highest ranking profiles are given an invitation to apply, it is imperative to put up your best foot forward.

In the Express Entry system, the CRS is used to grant points. CRS or the Comprehensive Ranking System is an elaborate strategy that awards points for languages, abilities, skills, education, work experience, core human potential, etc. The more points awarded the higher the profiles are ranked. Here are some things you can do to increase your score.

  1. Retake The IELTS

Improving your IELTS score is one of the easiest ways to get higher rankings. A standalone IELTS score can get a maximum of 160 points.

The least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) you need to score is a 7 to be even eligible for Express Entry. A CLB 7 is equivalent to a 6.0 on each of the language abilities on the IELTS. However, if you can score a CLB 9, you are looking at a good 260 points extra.

You can retake the IELTS as many times as you need to get a good score and easily update your points in you Express Entry profile.

  1. Work Experience

The CRS awards points based on the occupational abilities candidates possess, meaning it classifies applications into various economic streams. Thus, your work experience counts for a lot.

That being said, it is not advisable to wait for a few years to accumulate work experience. This is because age is also one of the factors that is awarded points.