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IRCC Now Recognizes Pearson Test of English for Canadian Immigration

Effective January 30th, 2024, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has officially approved the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Core as a valid language proficiency test for Canadian immigration applications. This development expands the options available to immigration candidates seeking to demonstrate their English language skills.

Understanding the PTE Core

The PTE Core is a computer-based language assessment designed to evaluate general English proficiency. It covers speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills within a two-hour timeframe. Notably, results are available within just two days. The PTE Core is scored by both human evaluators and artificial intelligence to minimize bias.

Key features of the PTE Core:

  1. Speaking and Writing (50 minutes)

  2. Reading (30 minutes)

  3. Listening (30 minutes)

Candidates should note that the PTE Core replaces the previously accepted PTE Essential test for Canadian immigration.

Accepted Language Tests for Canadian Immigration

With the inclusion of the PTE Core, there are now five recognized language tests for Canadian immigration:

  1. CELPIP General Test (English)

  2. IELTS General Training (English)

  3. PTE Core (English)

  4. TEF Canada (French)

  5. TCF Canada (French)

Each test assesses language abilities in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The specific score requirements vary based on the chosen immigration program:

  • Express Entry-managed programs: Different minimum levels apply depending on the program.

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): Minimum CLB level 7 for all language skills.

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): Minimum CLB level 5 for speaking and listening, and at least level 4 for reading and writing.

  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC): Either minimum CLB level 7 or level 5 across all language abilities, based on the National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level of the candidate’s job.

In summary, the acceptance of the PTE Core provides candidates with more flexibility in meeting language requirements for Canadian immigration.

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