Language Proficiency for Canadian Immigration

Proving Language Proficiency for Canadian Immigration in 2013

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has stated that the ability to communicate in one or both of Canada’s two official languages is key to finding employment in the country. To help ensure that prospective immigrants arrive in Canada with the language skills needed to succeed, many Canadian immigration programs require that applicants prove their ability to communicate in French or English by submitting standardized test scores.

Assessing Proficiency

English and French language proficiency, for immigration purposes, is assessed according to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) system. The CLB system ranks language proficiency separately for each of the four language skills, namely: speaking, reading, writing, and listening.

CLB levels range from 1 to 12. Levels 1-4 are considered a ‘basic level of proficiency’; 5-8 are considered ‘intermediate’; and 9-12 are considered ‘advanced’.

Language Tests and Equivalencies
An individual’s proficiency is determined using results from a test issued by a designated organization. At present, the designated testing organizations are as follows:
English: There are two designated organizations for English language testing:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS),
Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)
CELPIP tests may only be taken within Canada, whereas IELTS tests are held in various locations around the world, including Canada.

 

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