Published by Gabriel Oliveira
on April 18, 2020

FSW Step 6 - English Exam

Canada has two official languages: English and French.

So, it is fair that it asks for future immigrants to speak at least one of them. And this is not one of those things that you need to have just move on the process. These languages will be extremely important for you to integrate the society, get a job, etc.

Of course, just saying you have a good English or French won't be enough. You must prove your language skills. For that, you can choose one of the 4 accepted tests.

Accepted tests

All these tests evaluate 4 main skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

Test results must be less than 2 years old when you submit your application.

Minimum Score

Doesn't matter which test you choose to do, there is a minimum score required to be eligible on the Express Entry.

If you didn't go as well as expected on a test, you can do it again - bad part is you'll need to pay necessary fees and wait for another test availability.

These are the minimums for each test, according to IRCC :

Speaking Listening Reading Writing
IELTS 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
CELPIP 7 7 7 7
TEF Canada 310 249 207 310
TCF Canada 10 458 453 10

All four tests have a different scales for scores, so the minimum score absolute values should not be compared among them.

Which test should I take?

You can choose whichever exam you prefer, as long as you score the minimum points on it. The dificulty is about the same for all, so your criteria should be something else (like price, availability, etc). Here are some differences between the two English exams:

Test environment Paper or Computer Computer
Listening 30 min 47-55 min
Reading 60 min 55-60 min
Writing 60 min 53-60 min
Speaking 11-14 min 15-20 min
Time for results 13 days (paper)
5-7 days (computer)
4-5 days

So your decision must be made based on personal preferences. Ashton College has a good article comparing IELTS and CELPIP.

How to do the test

You will need to check availiability in a place near you, pay the fees, and attend on the scheduled day.

Price and availability change according to the location. Visit their official websites for more information:

IELTS | CELPIP | TEF Canada | TCF Canada

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don't get the minimum results?
You won't be eligible and will need to redo the test.

If I take 2 different English tests, will it improve my score?
No. But if you take one English and one French, you do get more points for it. More details here.

I did one of these tests, but a long time ago, is it still valid?
The test must be less than 2 years old by the time you apply for Permanent Residency, so if you think it will be expired by then, you should do another one now.

Does my spouse need to do a language test too?
Not necessarely, but you might get more points if you both do it. More details here.

FSW Steps

FSW Step 1 - Understand the whole process

FSW Step 2 - Check eligibility

FSW Step 3 - Inform dependents

FSW Step 4 - Find out your NOC

FSW Step 5 - Get passport(s) ready

FSW Step 6 - Do English Exam

FSW Step 7 - Get an ECA

FSW Step 8 - Create and submit profile

FSW Step 9 - Wait for ITA

FSW Step 10 - Fill out the online form

FSW Step 11 - Get Police Certificates

FSW Step 12 - Get Medical Exams

FSW Step 13 - Get Proof of Funds

FSW Step 14 - Get Work Experience Letters

FSW Step 15 - Translate all documents

FSW Step 16 - Scan and upload documents

FSW Step 17 - Pay the fees

FSW Step 18 - Submit application

FSW Step 19 - Receive request for Biometrics

FSW Step 20 - Schedule and do Biometrics

FSW Step 21 - Wait for approval

FSW Step 22 - Send passport to VAC

FSW Step 23 - Receive COPR + visa

FSW Step 24 - Arrange travel

FSW Step 25 - Do the landing

FSW Step 26 - Receive PR Card


Jaqueline Volpe Apr 14, 2021 20:31:42

eu posso fazer uns 3 testes e considerar o de maior pontuação ou obrigatoriamente o último feito será o elegível?

Gabriel (Author) Apr 15, 2021 15:14:30

Aham, pode fazer vários e escolher o melhor sim. Desde que o teste ainda esteja válido (acho que são dois anos), sem problemas. Então se voce fizer outro e piorar a nota, é só não atualizar o perfil do EE, e deixar o primeriro lá :)

Janaina Gerde Jun 09, 2021 12:21:35

Não seria interessante acrescentar que conseguindo CLB 9 we may have some extra points depending on our education and work experience? And it would also be interesting to mention that the higher the score we get, the more points we can have on EE :D Got the CLB 9 on IELTS btw!! I'M SUPER HAPPY :D

Gabriel (Author) Jun 09, 2021 14:20:42

Hey, good to see you here!! Love the mix of languages ahahahah Yeah, that's a great idea, to add the skills transferability points here (language combined with education and work experience). Will also consider to add a table maybe, showing how many EE points you get for each score, makes total sense! Thanks for the tips, added both to the little to-do list here!

Larissa Figueiredo Jul 04, 2021 14:32:10

Gabriel, o perfil criado no Express Entry tem prazo de validade?

Gabriel (Author) Jul 06, 2021 17:17:10

Oi Larissa, tem sim - 1 ano! Mas se expirar, voce pode fazer outro, nao te prejudica em nada :) Ah o IELTS tem validade de 2 anos tambem!

Thanasekar Nov 22, 2021 08:56:51

Does TOFEL can be accepted as language proficiency test. As a student, recently I appeared for that test.

Gabriel (Author) Dec 06, 2021 04:54:50

Hi, sorry for the delay. TOEFL is not accepted :\

Muhammad Jan 03, 2022 09:46:21

what if I get 6.5 overall in IELTS, do I get chance for immigration or do I need 8777?

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