Are High IELTS Scores Important to Get Canada PR?

Language requirement is an essential tool for Canadian Permanent Residence. Without it, you cannot sustain in Canada, forget sustainability, you cannot apply for Canada PR through skilled migration programs. Thus, it is an important part of Canadian Immigration. Canada accepts two test formats for permanent residency program namely IELTS and CELPIP for English language ability and French Language (TEF) test to apply for Canada’s economic immigration streams.

The high is your language score, the better will be your overall CRS point score that further boosts ITA chances for Canada PR. One little step to improve IELTS score can lead to permanent residency of Canada.

The increase in IELTS point score even by one or two points can give you a higher Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score. These score are use to equate different scoring systems from various language tests. The Canadian government converts IELTS scores into CLB score to determine how many CRS points your express entry profile will receive.

What Can IELTS Higher Score Can Do?

If you get high CLB score, you can make a huge impact on your CRS score for Express Entry. Combined with other factors like age, educational qualification, work experience, language ability, a slight increase in your CLB score could lead to increase of 100 CRS points.

Thus, we would like to explain the importance of high IELTS score in more detailed way!

Say, there are two applicants both are applying for Canadian Permanent Residence through Express Entry.

Profile 1 is:

  • Single applicant
  • Age 30
  • Holder of Bachelor’s degree
  • Close relative resides in Canada
  • Has three or more years of skill experience outside Canada
  • Has got CLB 7

The Total CRS Score is 346

Profile 2 is:

  • Single
  • Age 30
  • Holder of Bachelor’s degree
  • Close relative resides in Canada
  • Has three or more years of skill experience outside Canada
  • Has got CLB 9

The Total CRS Score is 439

Can you see the difference? Both profiles have every factor same and only thing different was their CLB (Canada Language Benchmark). A difference in CLB lead to their difference in CRS scores with 93 points.

What is The Main Difference Here?

The only difference was in CLB score, the profile 2 has two points higher than the profile 1. In order to receive ITA, the profile 1 has to improve their language score. Not much is required, they only need to score one or two points in each module IELTS namely reading, writing, listening and speaking.

What are CLB 7 and CLB 9?

These two are the Canadian Language Benchmark scores that are derived through the points scored in each section of IELTS bands.

CLB 7 is achieved by getting IELTS bands Reading-6, Writing 6,Speaking 6 and Listening 6

On the other hand, CLB 9 is achieved by getting IELTS bands Reading 7 Writing 7 Speaking 7 and Listening 8

Can you see that just one point difference leads to huge CRS point difference and little improvement can get you closer to the CRS cut-off score for an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

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