IELTS for Canada

IELTS is Canada’s most popular high-stakes English-Language test. Accepted as proof of English proficiency for study at all university and colleges in Canada, and for permanent residency and citizenship by provincial and federal governments, IELTS is the test that opens doors.

IELTS General Training is accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as evidence of your English language proficiency. If you are applying for a work visa, professional registration or for permanent residence in Canada, it is likely that you will be required to present your test result as part of your application. IELTS results are also accepted for Canadian citizenship.

Canadian Language Benchmarks

The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) are the national standards used in Canada for describing, measuring and recognising the English language proficiency of adult migrants and prospective migrants for living and working in Canada.

What IELTS score do I need?

  • Refer to the IRCC website to find out the CLB standards you will be required to meet for visa and citizenship purposes.
  • Check with your province or professional registration group to find out the minimum IELTS scores they will accept.
  • Book your test at a test location near you.

The table below shows how IELTS General Training test scores equate to the CLB standards.

IELTS takes you further

Your IELTS result opens doors to work and study in Canada and around the world. IELTS results are accepted by over 10,000 institutions in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the USA and in many other countries where English is used. IELTS is also recognised by governments in more countries than any other test for immigration and permanent residence purposes.

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