Updated: July 4th, 2024

IELTS and TEF Language Proficiency Tests

Canada is a multicultural country with two national languages: English and French. Depending on the province you would like to live in, you may have to brush up on your language skills or pick up one of the two languages to assimilate in Canadian society.

Becoming proficient in English or French (or both) could help you achieve higher education, open up job opportunities, network, create and maintain meaningful relationships.

English Proficiency Language Tests

The English language tests accepted by the Canadian government are The International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS), the Pearson English Test (PTE), and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP).
While the Canadian government values all these tests equally, we recommend that you take the IELTS. This test is internationally available, it’s relatively easy, and you could utilize our training course in preparation for the exam.

French Proficiency Language Tests

Many immigrants coming to Canada opt for French proficiency tests because they are interested in regional programs aimed at attracting French-speakers for various occupations.

There are two types of French proficiency tests, the Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF Canada), which is administrated by The Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Test de Connaissance du Français pour le Canada (TCF Canada), administrated by France Éducation International.

The TEF proficiency test is also divided into two categories, the TEF for immigrants looking to immigrate to Canada and the TEFAQ for those looking to settle in Quebec. The TEF is accepted by both the general admission and the province of Quebec.


What is the pool?
To be included in the pool you must qualify for one of the specific immigration programs listed under Express Entry. You must also score a minimum of 67 points on your immigration profile. Points are awarded for educational and professional qualifications, work experience, age, language ability, and more. The Canadian government selects the most suitable candidates from the pool and issues them with an official invitation (known as ITA) to become Canadian residents.
How many points do I need to get selected?
The Express Entry system uses what it called the Comprehensive Ranking System, a formula that takes into account your education, skills and experience, those of your husband/wife or partner, and whether you have a specific job offer. These factors go to build up your score out of a possible maximum of 1200. As mentioned, the higher the points you score, the greater the possibility to be selected from the pool.
How long does it take to move to Canada?
The idea of starting a new life in Canada is very exciting. But please be prepared that getting selected for an immigration program takes time. This is why the Express Entry program is extremely popular - the Canadian government aims to select candidates within 6 months. Time may significantly vary between immigration programs; the individual process of each program, government policies, the complexity of your case, and more, may affect the time it would take you to move to Canada.
Are there any goverment fees?
Like many other countries worldwide the Canadian government charges fees for the processing of immigration entries. Depending on the specific program you entered, the size and age of your family, and more – you may need a few hundred to several thousand Canadian dollars. Please note that all government fees are non-refundable. This is one of many reasons you should prepare well for your immigration process, gain as much knowledge as you can, and if possible, seek help from professionals in this field.

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