IRCC Approves New Language Tests For Economic Immigrants

New language tests for prospective immigrants are now available thanks to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) with improved versions of the official test. The new English test measures reading, listening and speaking skills with a stronger emphasis on grammar, sentence structure and reading comprehension. The new French test also has a stronger emphasis on grammar, sentence structure and reading comprehension. This comes in response to feedback from citizenship commissioners who noted that many applicants struggled with the English or French versions of the tests as they were not properly prepared for them. There are two new language tests: one for prospective economic immigrants seeking to apply under any of the five economic categories; another for prospective spouses or partners of Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Both tests have been updated and revised based on findings from an external third-party research firm that specializes in testing.

Who Is Eligible For This Test?

The test is available to anyone who is applying to immigrate to Canada. It can beas a skilled worker or as a spouse/common-law partner in Canada class. It is also open to people applying for Canadian citizenship, people in Canada applying for a permanent resident card and humanitarian cases. All applicants for permanent residence in Canada must show that they meet the minimum language proficiency standard of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 for oral comprehension and CLB level 5 for written comprehension, regardless of age or education. The test is not available to refugees or other types of immigrants. It is also not open to people applying for Canadian child adoption.

New English Language Test

The new version of the English language test assesses skills to read, listen, and speak. It tests to what extent the applicant understands spoken English at various speeds and in various contexts (e.g., weather, health, etc.). The test also measures the applicant's ability to understand what he or she is reading and their ability to use English to speak about themselves and their experiences. It is more detailed than the previous test, which means that applicants must be better prepared for this version. The test takes place in a computer-based language lab in most Canadian visa offices. Some visa offices may use paper-and-pencil versions of the test.

Tips for Taking IRCC's Language Tests

  • Make sure you have enough time to study and practice the language test since it will be based on your knowledge of grammar, spelling and sentence structure.
  • Make sure you are completely ready by checking your computer to avoid any technical problems during the test.
  • Keep in mind that you can retake the test as many times as you need to in order to pass. Though retakes have atime limit.
  • Select a distractions-free place.
  • You should also keep in mind that the tests are designed to test your current level of proficiency, not what you could have done with more time, more practice or a different way of studying.
  • Keep in mind that IRCC's language tests are designed to test your current level of proficiency, not what you could have done with more time, more practice or a different way of studying.