Canada Express Entry 2022- Accepted English & French Language Tests

by By Rajneesh Kumar

Posted on February 2, 2022

Canada Express Entry 2022- Accepted English & French Language Tests

To complete an Express Entry profile online is the first step towards obtaining permanent residency in Canada as a skilled worker. To complete an Express Entry profile, you must take an English or French language test and meet other eligibility requirements for a Canadian PR visa.

To qualify for Express Entry as a skilled worker, you must demonstrate your language skills in either of Canada’s two official languages, i.e., English and French.

You are also required to submit a valid language test result (must be of less than 2 years old while applying) as per specific program requirements:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
  3. Canadian Experience Class

Accepted Language tests for Canadian immigration

To prove language proficiency, you may take any of these approved language tests by the IRCC:

For English

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) General Training version
  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) General test version

For French

  • TEF Canada (Test d’évaluation de français)

Language Standards for Express Entry

You meet the minimum criteria of all four abilities, including:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

For measuring language levels of all the applicants, the IRCC has:

  • Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) – For English
  • Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien (NCLC) – For French

Minimum language requirements:

Federal Skilled Worker Program Federal Skilled Trades Program Canadian Experience Class
First official language

·        English – Minimum CLB 7

·        French – Minimum NCLC 7


Speaking and listening- CLB 5

Reading and writing- CLB 4

NOC 0 or A

·        Minimum CLB 7

·        Minimum NCLC 7


Second official language

·        English – Minimum CLB 5

·        French – Minimum NCLC 5


Speaking and listening- NCLC 5

Reading and writing- NCLC 4


·        Minimum CLB 5

·        Minimum NCLC 5


According to the latest changes, Express Entry candidates can earn up to 50 additional points for their French language ability, even if French is their second language.

If they score NCLC 7 or higher on all four abilities, they get:

  • 25 additional points for CLB 4 or lower in English
  • 50 extra points for CLB 5 or higher on all four English language skills

Language Testing for Express Entry

The IRCC (Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada) doesn’t have any language testing option. It would help if you got the examination done by any approved “third-party”. Then, you can schedule a language test from an approved agency and pay the fee.

Take expert classroom or online language coaching for improved results

If you plan to apply for Canada PR via Express Entry and wish to obtain maximum points for language skills, you may connect with Visas Avenue for classroom or online IELTS coaching.

Our team of certified language trainers can help you prepare for the test. We have exclusive online and classroom training sessions available at flexible timings. We also provide regular mock and practice tests to help you monitor your daily progress.

Moreover, we also assist you with all the Canada PR stages, including free profile assessment, profile creation, visa filing, documentation assistance, letter drafting, etc.

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