IELTS is one of the world’s leading English Language tests, and it can support your application when moving to Canada for a new career. By choosing British Council as your IELTS test provider, you will gain the support you need to reach your potential and be confident that you’re prepared for Canadian life.
Immigrating to Canada
IELTS is recognised by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Immigration Quebec as proof of English Language proficiency. When you have completed your IELTS test, you will receive paper documentation of your score called a Test Report Form (TRF). Your TRF can be used to support a range of immigration applications including: Express Entry (Skilled Immigrants), Quebec-selected skilled workers, and the Provincial Nominee program.
Express Entry, which is the most common route for applying for permanent residence, is an online system that manages applications through three economic programs.
Looking for more information on the eligibility requirements for the Express Entry programs? Visit the Canadian website’s eligibility page.
Which IELTS exam do I take for a job?
The IELTS General Training test is for people looking to work in Canada. It is specifically designed to assess your English in workplace environments. For example, the situations that might come up in your IELTS test could include:
If you are wishing to work in an academic job role, such as a teacher or researcher, the IELTS Academic test may be more suitable. Visit our Which test is right for me page to find out more details.
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The IRCC, which is the Canadian immigration department, uses the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) to assess applicants’ English level.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need IELTS for working in Canada?
Yes. In order to get your Canadian visa (so that you can work in Canada), you will need proof of IELTS (or another accepted English proficiency test) to complete the visa application.
Which IELTS test is for working professionals?
Usually, IELTS General Training is the test which is taken for working professionals. However, this can depend on the job you want to apply for. It is worth checking with the organisation you wish to work for which IELTS test they prefer, so that you can make sure you book the one you need.
Do you need a different IELTS test for job purposes?
IELTS General Training is designed for immigration and job purposes, so most people will take this test if they are looking to work in Canada. There will be instances, however, where jobs might prefer IELTS Academic. For example, if you are hoping to work in an Academic setting. That’s why we recommend checking with the organisation you wish to apply with first.