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Canadian Immigration Language Tests

Language Test Requirements For Canadian Immigration

The Federal and Provincial skilled worker immigration programs offered by Canada require applicants to take a language test. This requirement applies to the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Express Entry system, and other skilled worker Canadian immigration routes.




Taking a language test helps to demonstrate that you fulfill the language requirements for a specific skilled worker program you are interested in applying for. Don’t forget test score requirements are different for every skilled worker program.



The government of Canada evaluates your language skills through the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB). There are a few programs that need a CLB level of 4, while others demand a CLB level of 7.

Most importantly, your language test scores remain valid for two years. Therefore, you are advised to submit your Canadian immigration application within two years of completing a language test. Failure to do so would force you to go for a retake to apply for Canadian immigration.

What Are The Language Tests You Can Opt For?

An applicant must complete a language test approved by the government of Canada to fulfill the language requirement. Here’s a list of language tests approved by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for skilled worker programs;

Tests approved for the English language include;

  • CELPIP General Test
  • IELTS General Training
  • The Pearson Test of English (PTE)

On the other hand, you can take the following tests for French:

  • TCF Canada : Test de connaissance du français
  • TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français

We hope you found this information helpful. Follow our blogs for the latest updates and informative content on Canadian immigration.

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