IELTS for Canada

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IELTS is one of the world’s most popular high-stakes English language tests, with over 3 million tests taken in the past year. It is the English test of choice for educational organisations, professional associations, and employers across Canada. IELTS is accepted by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and by universities and colleges across Canada, so if you would like to move to Canada, IELTS is the right test for you. 

1. Study in Canada

IELTS is accepted by over 350 institutes and universities in Canada. The IELTS test score can help you achieve the goal of getting accepted into a Canadian college or university. 

Check the list of institutes and universities in Canada that accept IELTS.

If you would like to study in Canada do take the IELTS Academic test.

2. Immigration to Canada

IELTS was the first test to be recognised by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Immigration Quebec as proof of English language proficiency for Express Entry (Skilled Immigrants), Quebec-selected skilled workers and Provincial Nominee program.

Canadian Language Requirements

The Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) is the Canadian standard used to describe, measure and recognise language ability of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants who plan to live and work in Canada. The table below shows how IELTS General Training test scores equate to the CLB standards.

Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)

  IELTS General Training Score
Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Listening Reading Writing Speaking
CLB1 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
CLB2 2.0 1.5 2.0 2.0
CLB3 3.5 2.5 3.0 3.0
CLB4 4.5 3.5 4.0 4.0
CLB5 5.0 4.0 5.0 5.0
CLB6 5.5 5.0 5.5 5.5
CLB7 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
CLB8 7.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
CLB9 8.0 7.0 7.0 7.0
CLB10 8.5 8.0 7.5 7.5
CLB11 9.0 8.5 8.0 8.0
CLB12 9.0 9.0 9.0 9.0

Find your nearest IELTS test location with our interactive search facility and take IELTS in the country of your choice.
If you would like to work or live in Canada do take the IELTS General training test.

Top five reasons why test takers take IELTS with British Council:

  • Free resources: Road to IELTS is the British Council’s popular online preparation course. When you register for an IELTS test with us you also get access to nine videos giving advice and tutorials, 100 interactive activities and two practice tests for each of the four skills. 
  • Expert support: from videos, apps, and books to interactive courses, you have access to the best preparation materials to help you do well in your test.
  • Convenient test dates, locations, and venues: we offer frequent tests a month; this means that you have a huge range of options for where and when you can take your test.
  • Easy booking: you can book your IELTS test online, at our centres or our partners across the world.
  • Reliable results: you will be able to see your results online within just 13 days of the date you take your test.
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