FSW – Language Skills

Points for English or French Skills – FSW

(Maximum 28 points)

It is vital to be able to communicate using both of the official languages of Canada. Knowing English, French or both is helpful in the Canadian job market.

A maximum of 28 points can be achieved for skills in English and French. Points will be awarded based on your ability to

  • listen
  • speak
  • read and
  • write

Language Testing

You must prove the language levels you claim on your application with a language test from an agency approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Your application will not be approved by CIC if the language test results are not included for either English or French that show you meet the required level.

If you want to get points for your skills in both English and French, you must provide your language test results for each language at the same time.

Once you take this test, you can use it to see exactly how many points you will get for the language selection factor.

Calculate your language points

The minimum level of CLB 7 must be met for your first official language in all four language areas.

To get points for your second official language, you must meet the minimum level of CLB 5 in all four language areas.

Please Note: You can only get points for your second official language if you meet the threshold of CLB 5 in all four language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing). You can score four points for your second official language skills.

First Official Language Points
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
CLB level 9 or higher 6 6 6 6
CLB level 8 5 5 5 5
CLB level 7 4 4 4 4
Below CLB level 7 Not eligible to apply

Note: You can only get four points in total for basic-level skills in your second official language, and only if you have a score of at least CLB 5 in each of the four language abilities.

Second Official Language Points
At least CLB5 in all of the four abilities 4
CLB 4 or less in any of the four abilities 0

 

Language testing – Federal skilled workers

You must prove your language skills by taking a language test from an agency approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). You can use your test results to see exactly how many points you will get for the language selection factor.


You must:

arrange to be tested by an agency approved by CIC and pay the costs,

include the results of your test when you apply to be a skilled worker. If you do not, we will not process your application and will send it back to you.


About test results

Use the tables below to see how many points you will get for your test results.

CIC will use the test results as proof of your language skills.

Language test results are valid if they are received by CIC within the two years from the time your test results were issued.


Approved language tests

Any of these approved agencies can be used to take a language test:


English

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

IELTS has two options for the reading and writing tests: “General Training” and “Academic.” You must take the “General Training” option.

First official language (Maximum 24 points)

CLB level IELTS test results for each ability Points (per ability)
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
7 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 4
8 6.5 7.5 6.5 6.5 5
9 and above 7.0 – 9.0 8.0 – 9.0 7.0 – 9.0 7.0 – 9.0 6

 

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

CLB level IELTS test results for each ability Points (total)
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
5 and above 5.0 – 9.0 6.0 – 9.0 5.0 – 9.0 5.0 – 9.0 4

 

CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program

CELPIP has three tests: “CELPIP-General (CELPIP-G),” “CELPIP-General LS (CELPIP-General LS),” and “CELPIP-Academic (CELPIP-A).” You must take the “CELPIP-G” test.

First official language (Maximum 24 points)

CLB level IELTS test results for each ability Points (per ability)
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
7 4L 4L 4L 4L 4
8 4H 4H 4H 4H 5
9 5L 5L 5L 5L 6
10 and above 5H 5H 5H 5H 6

Note: CELPIP test results for tests written before May 3, 2013 will have these scores for CLB levels 9 and 10:

CLB level IELTS test results for each ability Points (total)
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
9 and above 5 5 5 5 6

 

Second official language (4 points if you meet the minimum threshold in all four language abilities)

CLB level IELTS test results for each ability Points (per ability)
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
5 and above 3L
3H
4L
4H
5L
5H
3L
3H
4L
4H
5L
5H
3L
3H
4L
4H
5L
5H
3L
3H
4L
4H
5L
5H
4

French

TEF: Test d’évaluation de français

You must submit results from the following TEF tests as proof of your French language proficiency:

  • compréhension écrite
  • compréhension orale
  • expression écrite
  • expression orale.

First official language (Maximum 24 points)

CLB level TEF test results for each ability Points (per ability)
Speaking Listening 
Reading
Writing
7 309 – 348 248 – 279 206 – 232 309 – 348 4
8 349 – 371 280 – 297 233 – 247 349 – 371 5
9 and above 372+ 298+ 248+ 372+ 6

 

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

CLB level TEF test results for each ability Points (per ability)
Speaking Listening 
Reading
Writing
5 and above 225 – 372+ 180 – 298+ 150 – 248+ 225 – 372+ 4

 

FSW selection factors :

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