IELTS Scores For Express Entry Program

IELTS Scores For Express Entry Program

Minimum IELTS Bands Required For Canada PR


IELTS Scores For Express Entry Program

Applying for permanent resident visa of Canada has become a easy process thanks to the new immigration program Express Entry Program. It is the fastest program to obtain a permanent resident visa. Moving to Canada requires the candidate to fulfill certain requirements and showing your language proficiency is one of them.

For a candidate to show their language proficiency in English they have to take a certain exam –

International English Language Testing System. IELTS exam is conducted all over India and the exam consists of components : Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Candidate has to pass in all the components. Knowing English language is highly integral in a country like Canada not only for professional reasons but also for personal day today communications.

International English Language Testing System(IELTS) :

For showing your proficiency in English, applicant has to take this examination. IELTS is considered a premier testing system and employs international standards of English to its examination. The following are the components in the examination:

  • Listening: This section consists of 40 questions. The alloted time is of 30 minutes and an added extra 10 minutes for transference.
  • Reading: This section consists of 40 questions. The alloted time is of 60 minutes.
  • Writing: This section consists of 2 tasks to be completed in 60 minutes.
  • Speaking: This section consists of 3 parts and each part has to be completed in 11 to 14 minutes.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) holds the applicant IELTS score valid for 2 years. If you have chosen English as your first official language following table will show you the point distribution:

CLB Level Speaking Listening Reading Writing Points per ability
7 6.0 6.0 – 7.0 6.0 6.0 4
8 6.5 7.5 6.5 6.5 5
9 7.0 8.0 7.0 7.0 6
10 and above 7.5 – 9.0 8.5 – 9.0 8.0 – 9.0 7.5 – 9.0 6

Applicant has to keep in mind that the processing time of application in express entry program is around 6 months including application selection and PR status application process. You have to keep your IELTS score valid during this process.


IELTS score for a Canada PR visa

Candidate should score a CLB 10 or higher in order to get the maximum points and reach up to 458 CRS points of out the maximum of 500 CRS points. However, if your other factor considerations like age, educational qualification, work experience and adaptability score well, then you can also qualify for immigration with a CLB 7 score in your first language. It would also be very useful to learn a second language (either English or French) and score above CLB 5 to get additional points and up your overall CRS score. The following table will provide you with a quick overview of how many points you can score with each grade:

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Without an accompanying spouse (maximum points: 136)
For each language ability 34 points
CLB 3 or lower 0
CLB 4 6
CLB 5 6
CLB 6 9
CLB 7 17
CLB 8 23
CLB 9 31
CLB 10 or higher 34

There are 2 categories available in the IELTS exam : First is the general and Second in the academic. Only general scores are applicable in the IELTS segment of the Express Entry so don’t select the academic option. 

Breakdown Of The IELTS Exam

International English Language Testing System(IELTS) is for showing your English Language proficiency test that is conducted in over 500 centers in 120 countries. It assesses the ability to effectively communicate in the English language and is recognized by Universities and employee in many countries such as Australia, Canada, UK and USA,for work and study purposes. The test comprises of four categories mainly:

Listening:  Four sections with 40 questions to be answered.

Speaking: 15 minute interview of the applicant.

Reading: Divided into three sections with a total of 40 questions.

Writing: 2 written pieces are required.

The scores in the IELTS Examination vary from 1 to 9 in terms of band and certain places have a requirement of minimum band of 6 in every section for qualification purposes.

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