Language testing: Atlantic Immigration Pilot

How to prove your language ability

You must prove your language skills by taking a language test approved by IRCC. You must:

  • schedule your test and pay the costs
  • get results that are at least equal to a language level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC). This applies to all 4 abilities:
    • writing
    • reading
    • listening
    • speaking
  • send us your results with your complete application. If you don’t include them, we will not process your application.

Don’t ask for your language test results to be sent directly to us.

Keep your original test in a safe place as we may ask for it later.

Language tests we accept

You can take any of these approved language tests:



  • TEF Canada : Test d’évaluation de français
    • you must take the TEF Canada test
    • we don’t accept the TEF Études, Naturalisation, Carte de résident or the Québec versions of the test
      • We’ll accept TEF results if you wrote your test before March 1, 2020. If you wrote the test on or after March 1, 2020, you need to provide TEF Canada test results.
  • TCF Canada : Test de connaissance du français
    • you must take the TCF Canada test
    • we don’t accept the TCF, DAP, ANF, Carte de résident or the Québec versions of the test

How to find your language level

You need to have a CLB 4 (NCLC 4) or higher for all 4 abilities. Check the table below to find the minimum score you need on each ability:

Minimum score needed for CLB / NCLC 4
Your score must be equal or greater to the values below

Test Reading Writing Listening Speaking
CELPIP–General 4 4 4 4
IELTS–General 3.5 4.0 4.5 4.0
TEF Canada 121 181 145 181
TCF Canada 342 4 331 4
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