Designated language-testing organizations

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

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English language-testing organizations

The following organizations administer the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP):

  • Paragon Testing Enterprises Inc.
  • University of British Columbia

Note: The CELPIP has 2 tests: CELPIP-General (CELPIP-G) and CELPIP-General – Listening and Speaking (CELPIP-G LS).

  • The CELPIP-G test is accepted by IRCC for immigration and citizenship purposes.
  • The CELPIP-G LS test is accepted by IRCC for citizenship purposes only.

The following organizations administer the International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

  • Cambridge Assessment English
  • International Development Program (IDP) Australia
  • British Council

French language-testing organizations

The Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry administers the Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF Canada).

Note: For IRCC purposes, applicants must submit results for the following TEF Canada modules: reading (compréhension de l’écrit), listening (compréhension de l’oral), writing (expression écrite) and speaking (expression orale). The grammar and structure (lexique et structure) module is not required for Canadian economic immigration purposes, although test candidates take it as part of the reading and listening modules.

Note: The TEF Canada test is the required test by IRCC, however, officers should accept TEF results if the test was taken before March 1, 2020. TEF results for tests taken on or after March 1, 2020 will not be accepted and the application can be rejected.

The Centre international d’études pédagogiques administers the Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada).

Note: For IRCC purposes, applicants must submit results for the following TCF Canada modules: reading (compréhension de l’écrit), listening (compréhension de l’oral), writing (expression écrite) and speaking (expression orale).

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