Interim Pathway for Caregivers: 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. If you meet the minimum score of CLB 5 in all 4 abilities, include the original test results when you apply (photocopies are not acceptable)

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

Approved language tests

You can take any of the following approved language tests.

Note: Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) centres aren’t approved testing agencies for people who apply through the Interim Pathway for Caregivers.

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:

  • compréhension de l’écrit
  • compréhension de l’oral
  • expression écrite
  • expression orale
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

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

  • compréhension de l’écrit
  • compréhension de l’oral
  • expression écrite
  • expression orale
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

If you can’t get your language test results in time

If you can’t get your language test results before the Interim Pathway for Caregivers closes, you should schedule your test for the earliest available date. In your application, make sure you:

Send us your original test results as soon as you get them. The date on your test results must match the date you gave us on your application.

If you don’t include your test results or proof that you’ve made an appointment to take a test, your application won’t be processed and will be sent back to you.

You cannot ask for your language test results to be sent directly to us.

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