Ottawa now accepts the PTE for Canadian immigration

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PTE for Canadian immigration

From January 30, 2024, Canada now accepts the PTE for Canadian immigration for all immigration pathways, aside from the Student Direct Stream (SDS), which will accept the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Core test. This includes Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates, those in Express Entry managed programs, and individuals needing a language test for Canadian immigration or citizenship (excluding SDS). 

What is the PTE for Canadian immigration?

The PTE Core is a two-hour computer-based language test assessing everyday English skills in speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. The PTE Core replaces the PTE Essential test, and candidates should ensure they take the correct test for their program.

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To reduce the risk of bias, the PTE for Canadian immigration tests is scored by both humans and AI. Test results can be obtained within two days. The PTE Core is divided into three parts.

  • Speaking and writing (50 minutes);
  • Reading (30 minutes); and
  • Listening (30 minutes).

The PTE Core replaced the previous PTE Essential test, which was approved for Canadian immigration last year. Pearson, like other approved language testing organizations, provides a variety of tests (for example, PTE Academic). Immigration candidates are advised to take the appropriate test for their chosen program.

Other accepted Tests for Canadian immigration

With the addition of the PTE Core, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) now accepts five different language tests for immigration purposes. They are:

  • CELPIP General Test (English);
  • IELTS General Training (English)
  • PTE Core (English);
  • TEF Canada; and
  • TCF Canada (french).

All five of these tests assess language proficiency in four areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Depending on the program for which they apply, candidates may be required to meet different criteria within these four skills.

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