Canada Immigration

Now IRCC Start Pearson Test Of English For Canadian Immigration

As of January 30th, 2024, the IRCC start Pearson Test of English (PTE) Core test will now be accepted for all immigration pathways, except for the Student Direct Stream (SDS).

This means that Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates, candidates in Express Entry managed programs, and those needing a language test for any other Canadian immigration purposes (outside of the SDS)—including applying for Canadian citizenship—can now take the PTE Core.

What is the PTE Core?

The PTE Core is a computer-based language test designed to demonstrate general English proficiency for Canadian immigration. The test assesses everyday English speaking, writing, reading and listening skills within two hours. Test centers are located all over the world, with over 400 locations worldwide.

According to Pearson’s website, the test is scored by both humans and artificial intelligence to reduce the risk of bias. Test results can be obtained within two days.

The PTE Core is divided into three parts:

  • Speaking and writing (50 minutes);
  • Reading (30 minutes); AND
  • Listening (30 minutes).

The PTE Core replaces the previous PTE Essential test, which was approved for Canadian immigration last year. It should be noted that Pearson (like other approved language testing organizations) offers several types of tests (e.g. PTE Academic). Immigration applicants are advised to ensure that they pass the correct test for their chosen program.

Below is the table comparison between the PTE Core test to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).

To learn more about the CLB find our dedicated webpage here.

Five accepted language tests

With the addition of the PTE Core there are now five total language tests that are accepted by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for immigration purposes. These are:

  • CELPIP General Test (English);
  • IELTS General Training (English);
  • PTE Core (English);
  • TEF Canada (French); and
  • TCF Canada (French).

All five of these tests assess language ability within four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Based on the specific program that candidates apply under, they may need to meet different criteria within these four skills.

For example, immigration candidates applying under Express Entry-managed programs will need different scores based on which program they choose. Under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates require a minimum CLB level of 7 for all language skills. However, under the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates require a minimum CLB level of 5 for speaking and listening, and at least a level 4 for reading and writing. Further, under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates need either a minimum CLB level 7, or level 5 across all language abilities, based on the National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level of their job.

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