Published by Gabriel Oliveira
on August 21, 2020

3 Most Efficient Ways to Boost your CRS Score

Without Job Offer or Provincial Nomination

Brief Summary of how Express Entry Works

When you create an Express Entry profile to immigrate to Canada, the IRCC website will calculate a score for you, based on the information that you provided, such as age, education, skills, etc. This score is called CRS Score.

Every now and then (usually every 2 weeks), IRCC will invite the top scorers to apply for permanent residency in Canada. These are called invitation rounds. (Read more about Invitation Rounds here)

So, whenever these invitation rounds happen, the better your CRS score is, better are your chances of being invited to become a permanent resident in Canada. And faster.

If you haven't submitted your Express Entry profile yet, IRCC provides an online calculator that estimates how many points you would get based on a questionnaire - it takes less than 15 minutes to do it.

How the CRS score is calculated

CRS takes several variables in consideration, including the ones below:

Each of these items have different impact on the final result. For an example, English skills have a huge impact on the final score. But marital status not so much.

For more details on how the calculation is done, read our article "How CRS Works".

There is not much you can do about some of these factors, such as age. But others, like education, you have full control over it.

That said, you should "attack" the ones that will take you less resources (money / time) to do so, and at the same time will give you more points.

You want to focus on the factors that matter the most!

The 3 actions suggested on this article are based on the combination of "how many points can it give you" and "how much time/money/effort" will it cost?

Let's get down to business! Here are the 3 things you can (and should) do to improve your score:

Action 1 - Improve Your English

A good result on an English test like IELTS can give you up to 160 points!

This is definitely a deal-closer or a deal-breaker in lots of cases.

The great thing about it is that it is totally up to you to invest your time and efforts (maybe some money) on it.

If you will take the recommendation and focus on improving your English skills, I strongly recommend to dedicate a good chunk of your studies on mastering the IELTS test format. What I mean by this is to know how long the test takes, what kind of questions are expected, do as many simulations as possible, etc. IELTS is a tough exam even for native English speakers! Therefore being prepared for that specific test is as critical as having your English on a sharp state!

Action 2 - Improve Your Education

The highest education level (Ph.D.) can get you up to 150 points!

Well, this one is obviously not as practical as the previous. To improve your education means to go through a course, training, certification etc.

That probably implies you will need to allocate a substantial amount of resources (time / effort / money) into it.

Allow me to explain why this is ranked as the second most efficient way to get CRS points!

Immigrating to Canada (and any other place) is a life project. So, try to see it more on the long term. The education improvement you will undertake will help boost your CRS score, but above all, will make you a better professional. So, if you will go down this path, the recommendation here is to chose a course that will add value to your skills set, independently of the CRS points.

These are the points you can get for your education level:

Points for single Points for married
Less than High School 0 0
High School completed 30 28
One-year degree 90 84
Two-year degree 98 91
Three-year+ degree 120 112
Two or more degrees 128 119
Masters 135 126
Ph.D. 150 140

Plus, if you have a higher education combined with strong English skills, you can get up to 100 extra points, as explained on the next section.

Action 3 - Combine Education + Language + Work Experience (bonus points)

IRCC will assign you points based on what they call Skill Transferability Factors.

These are basically extra points you get for combining two or more factors. Here are some examples:

Note that the maximum you can get for combining these skill transferability factors is 100 points.

For more details on how the transferability factors work, go to IRCC page about CRS scores.


By tackling these 3 suggested factors, you can add up to 410 points to your score.

There are other ways of obtaining points, such as Canadian Experience, French skills, etc. But these are often the most efficient ones to give you that solid boost on your score.


CRS Score - Comprehensive Ranking System score. It's the system in place to calculate a score for each Express Entry candidate, based on their information such as age, skills, education, etc.

IRCC - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. It is the Canadian Government department responsible for all matters related to immigration.

Express Entry - Process in place to select candidates to become permanent residents based on their skills. Express Entry is used for different immigration programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program

IELTS - International English Language Testing System. An English exam accepted by IRCC to assess your English skills levels.

CLB - Canadian Language Benchmark. A scale to evaluate candidates English or French skills. The accepted tests like IELTS or CELPIP have conversion tables from their results scales to CLB.



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