Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot: Take a language test

Language test

To prove your language skills in English or French, you need to take an approved language test. To do this:

After you take your test and get your results compare them to the charts below to see what Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level you have.

What to include in your application

If you meet the minimum score of CLB 5 in all 4 abilities, include the original test results when you apply. We won’t accept photocopies.

Your test results must be less than 2 years old when you apply.

Make sure to keep a copy of the report for your records and future use.

Approved language tests

You can take any of the following approved language tests.

English

CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program

CELPIP has 2 tests. You must take the “CELPIP-G” test.

English test score for each ability
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level Speaking Listening Reading Writing
9 and above
CELPIP-G
9+ 9+ 9+ 9+
8
CELPIP-G
8 8 8 8
7
CELPIP-G
7 7 7 7
6
CELPIP-G
6 6 6 6
5
CELPIP-G
5 5 5 5

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

IELTS has 2 options for the reading and writing tests. You must take the “General Training” test.

English test score for each ability
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level Listening Reading Writing Speaking
9 and above 8.0-9.0 7.0-9.0 7.0-9.0 7.0-9.0
8 7.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
7 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
6 5.5 5.0 5.5 5.5
5 5.0 4.0 5.0 5.0

French

TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français

You must submit results from these TEF Canada tests as proof of your French language skills:

French test score for each ability
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level Speaking (expression orale) Listening (compréhension de l’oral) Reading (compréhension de l’écrit) Writing (expression écrite)
9 and above 371+ 298+ 248+ 371+
8 349 – 370 280 – 297 233 – 247 349 – 370
7 310 – 348 249 – 279 207 – 232 310 – 348
6 271 – 309 217 – 248 181 – 206 271 – 309
5 226 – 270 181 – 216 151 – 180 226 – 270

TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du français (French only)

You must submit results from the TCF Canada tests as proof of your French language skills:

French test score for each ability
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level Speaking (expression orale) Listening (compréhension de l’oral) Reading (compréhension de l’écrit) Writing (expression écrite)
10 and above 16 – 20 549 – 699 549 – 699 16 – 20
9 14 – 15 523 – 548 524 – 548 14 – 15
8 12 – 13 503 – 522 499 – 523 12 – 13
7 10 – 11 458 – 502 453 – 498 10 – 11
6 7 – 9 398 – 457 406 – 452 7 – 9
5 6 369 – 397 375 – 405 6
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