Since the outbreak of COVID-19, nearly all events and activities came into a standstill around the world. The process of English and French language tests for skilled workers looking for permanent residence visas from the Canadian government was not spared by the pandemic as well. As a ray of hope, there is good news as more IELTS, and CELPIP test dates are being announced more often. With the ease of restrictions in Canada, you can readily get through the official language test. Here is what you need to remember;

Taking The Test

Typically, all economic immigration groups to Canada must undergo a language test for a complete application process. The version and the score of the test solely depend on the precise program you are applying. Keep in mind that the higher you score increases your chances of approval to move to Canada permanently.

As to include different candidates into the list, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have four language tests. Among them are IELTS and CELPIP tests that allow assessment for proficiency in the English language. You can take both tests under the Express Entry if you are familiar with English and French languages.

IELTS and CELPIP Language Tests

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and CELPIP (Canadian English Proficiency Index Program) are the most common language testing programs for English speaking candidates. Under IELTS, there are two categories; General Training and Academic. As an applicant for the Canadian visa, it is advisable to take a test under IELTS – General Training. The score for IELTS is averaged from different language abilities and overall band score to determine your eligibility.

CELPIP, unlike IELTS, was designed by IRCC for testing Canadian English, including British and American English, as well as Canadian accents. The two categories under CELPIP include General Test and General LS Test. For immigration purposes, consider CELPIP – General Test. Taking a CELPIP test was only accepted within Canada but has now been expanded internationally.

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