Express Entry Language Proficiency PTE Core Joins the Ranks

Good news for skilled immigrant applicants – PTE Academic is now accepted for Express Entry!

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has recently added Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic to the list of accepted English language tests for skilled immigrants applying through Express Entry. This is a major development that provides more choice and flexibility for applicants.

Accepted Language Tests for Express Entry: While PTE Core is the latest addition, the IRCC recognizes several other language proficiency tests for Express Entry applicants. Here’s a brief overview of some commonly accepted tests:

IELTS (International English Language Testing System):

  • Widely recognized globally, IELTS is one of the most taken English language proficiency tests.
  • The four main language abilities that are evaluated are Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening.
  • Both the General Training and Academic versions of IELTS are accepted by the IRCC.

CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program):

  • Specifically designed for Canadian English, CELPIP evaluates language proficiency in various everyday situations.
  • Accepted tests include CELPIP-General and CELPIP-General LS (Listening and Speaking).

TEF (Test d’évaluation de français):

  • For French language proficiency, the TEF is widely recognized by the IRCC.
  • It assesses candidates in listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in French.

TCF (Test de connaissance du français):

  • Another French language proficiency test, TCF evaluates candidates’ ability to understand and express themselves in French.

PTE Academic is a computer-based test that assesses reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Some key advantages of PTE include:

  • Fast results – scores are typically available within 5 business days.
  • Completely computer-based marking so scores are highly accurate and reliable.
  • Choice of test dates and centers in most major cities across the world

By accepting PTE, IRCC has ensured applicants have access to a high-quality test battery that is convenient and efficient to take. This is especially helpful given the rising application volume under Express Entry.

The acceptance of PTE Academic will make the application process easier for many skilled worker candidates aiming to immigrate to Canada. 

As eligibility criteria may evolve over time, it’s good to have the latest information on program requirements with respect to tests such as PTE Core. Let’s go through the current landscape of PTE Core qualification for popular Canada immigration programs.

PTE Core: Eligibility for Federal Skilled Worker Program

First official language (maximum 24 points)

Test results for each ability

CLB LevelSpeakingListeningReadingWritingPoints per ability
10 and above89+89+88+90+6

Second official language

(4 points if you meet the minimum threshold in each of the 4 language abilities)

Test results for each ability

CLB LevelSpeakingListeningReadingWritingPoints (total)
5 and above51-9039-9042-9051-904
PTE Core: Eligibility for Federal Skilled Trade Program

Test results for each ability

CLB LevelSpeakingListeningReadingWriting
10 and above89+89+88+90+

PTE Core: Eligibility for Canadian Experience Class

Test results for each ability

NOC TEERCLB LevelSpeakingListeningReadingWriting
0 and 110 and above89+89+88+90+
0 and 1984-8882-8878-8788-89
0 and 1876-8371-8169-7779-87
0 and 1768-7560-7060-6869-78
2 and 3659-6750-5951-5960-68
2 and 3551-5839-4942-5051-59
Making the Right Choice: 

As an Express Entry applicant, the choice of a language proficiency test depends on various factors such as language preferences, test format, and personal strengths. Each test has its unique features, and candidates should carefully consider these aspects before deciding.

The inclusion of PTE Core in the list of accepted language proficiency tests by the IRCC is a positive step towards creating a more inclusive and accessible Express Entry system. Skilled immigrants now have a broader array of options to demonstrate their language skills, aligning with Canada’s commitment to attracting diverse talents from around the world. Whether opting for the widely recognized IELTS, the Canadian-centric CELPIP, or the newly accepted PTE Core, applicants can now choose the test that best suits their strengths and preferences, making their journey towards Canadian permanent residence more personalized and efficient.

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