If you are planning on applying for Canadian citizenship, jobs, scholarships, or admission to a Canadian university, one of the first things you will be asked is to provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Without the proper certification, your application may be overlooked.
Canadian immigration departments and employers may request proof of your English language abilities. The widely accepted English language proficiency test in Canada is the IELTS exam, but it can be costly and difficult to pass.
One alternative to the IELTS exam is an English language proficiency letter issued by the registrar or academic branch of your last attended university or college. This letter certifies that your degree was taught in English. While some employers may accept this letter, the Canadian immigration department and some universities may still require an IELTS score.
For those applying for a job in Canada, some employers may not require an English language proficiency test. However, the Canadian immigration department will likely request one. And for those applying for a scholarship or admission to a Canadian university, some institutions may accept alternative English language tests, but the Canadian immigration department will require an IELTS academic score of at least 6 bands for study visa applications.
For those seeking an alternative to the IELTS exam, the Canadian immigration department accepts the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP General Module) test. When applying to Canadian universities, options may include Pearson tests of English (PTE), TOEFL, Duolingo, Cambridge assessment tests, CAEL, CanTEST, AEPUCE, CELPIP, and IELTS English language tests.
Ultimately, if you plan to apply for a study visa, the best options are the IELTS or CELPIP test, as these are the only tests accepted by the Canadian embassy. With the right English language proficiency certification, you can confidently pursue your goals in Canada without the expense and difficulty of the IELTS exam.
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