Atlantic Immigration Program: Language testing

National Occupational Classification 2021

On November 16, 2022, we switched to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Use the NOC 2016 page if you applied for a job offer on or before November 15, 2022.

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How to prove your language ability

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

You must

The minimum language requirements are based on the NOC 2021 TEER category of your job offer

Don’t ask for your language test results to be sent directly to us. Submit your test results with your application. 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:

English

French

How to find your language level based on your test results

For NOC 2021 TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3 category job offers

You need to have a CLB 5 (NCLC 5) 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 5 for NOC 2021 TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3 category job offers
Your score must be equal or greater to the values below

Test Reading Writing Listening Speaking

CELPIP–General

5

5

5

5

IELTS–General

4

5

5

5

TEF Canada

151

226

181

226

TCF Canada

375

6

369

6

For NOC 2021 TEER 4 category job offers

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 for NOC 2021 TEER 4 category job offers
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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