Language testing — Atlantic Immigration Pilot

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How to prove your language ability

To immigrate through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, you must prove your English or French language ability.

To do so, you must take an approved language test. The test shows your abilities in writing, reading, listening and speaking.

To measure your levels, we use the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for English or the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien (NCLC) for French.

You must:

  • schedule your test and pay the fees
  • have a language level of CLB 4 or higher
  • have results that are less than 2 years old when you apply
  • include the results of your test when you apply
    • If you don’t, we’ll send your application back to you without processing it
Don’t ask for your language test results to be sent directly to us. Submit your test information with your application. Keep your original test in a safe place. We may ask for it later.

Language tests you can take

You can take any of these approved language tests:

English

French

  • Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) – You must submit results from these TEF tests as proof of your French language skills:
    • compréhension de l’écrit
    • compréhension de l’orale
    • expression écrite
    • expression orale
  • TCF Canada : Test de connaissance du français (French only) – You must submit results from these TCF Canada tests as proof of your French language skills:
    • compréhension de l’écrit
    • compréhension de l’oral
    • expression écrite
    • expression orale

How to find your CLB language level based on your test results

You need to have a CLB of level 4 or higher.

Use your test results to find your CLB (or NCLC) level in the tables below:

CELPIP General 2014 – Test score equivalency chart
CLB level Reading Writing Listening Speaking
10 10 10 10 10
9 9 9 9 9
8 8 8 8 8
7 7 7 7 7
6 6 6 6 6
5 5 5 5 5
4 4 4 4 4
IELTS General Training – Test score equivalency chart
CLB level Reading Writing Listening Speaking
10 8.0 7.5 8.5 7.5
9 7.0 7.0 8.0 7.0
8 6.5 6.5 7.5 6.5
7 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
6 5.0 5.5 5.5 5.5
5 4.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
4 3.5 4.0 4.5 4.0
TEF – Test score equivalency chart
CLB level Reading Writing Listening Speaking
10 263-277 393-415 316-333 393-415
9 248-262 371-392 298-315 371-392
8 233-247 349-370 280-297 349-370
7 207-232 310-348 249-279 310-348
6 181-206 271-309 217-248 271-309
5 151-180 226-270 181-216 226-270
4 121-150 181-225 145-180 181-225
TCF – Test score equivalency chart
CLB level Reading Writing Listening Speaking
10 549-699 16-20 549-699 16-20
9 524-548 14-15 523-548 14-15
8 499-523 12-13 503-522 12-13
7 453-498 10-11 458-502 10-11
6 406-452 7-9 398-457 7-9
5 375-405 6 369-397 6
4 342-374 4-5 331-368 4-5
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