International English Language Testing System
IELTS is the acronym for International English Language Testing System. The test is used to assess an individual’s English language skills on four areas which include: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. IELTS is required if an individual intends to study, work, immigrate and integrate in an English-speaking environment. It is globally recognized by over 10000 organizations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies; Administered in over 1200 locations in over 140 countries amongst which are Canada, Australia, USA, UK and New Zealand. It is a thorough demonstration of your ability to use English to study, at work, and in your everyday life abroad.
IELTS is the preferred high stakes English language test in Canada. Trusted by over 350 Canadian organizations, it was the first test to be recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Immigration Quebec as proof of English language proficiency for Express Entry (Skilled Immigrants), Quebec-selected skilled workers, Provincial Nominee etc.
There are two categories of IELTS exams, whichever you need is dependent on the purpose of travel.
- IELTS Academic: Required if you want to study at university, at an undergraduate or postgraduate level, or join a professional association where English is a prerequisite. This is more for an academic purpose.
- IELTS General: Required if you want to apply for Express Entry or any other immigration program in order to establish anywhere in Canada.
It is important that for Canada permanent residency program, there are different IELTS score result required for each express entry program.
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