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IRCC Update: As of now IRCC accepting Pearson Test of English for Canadian immigration

Pearson Test of English for Canadian immigration
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According to the latest update from the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), starting from January 30, 2024, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Core) by Pearson Canada Inc. is now accepted for Canadian immigration. Additionally, electronic copies of language test results are now permissible.


It’s important to note that PTE Core is not accepted for the Canadian Study Visa or Permit under the Student Direct Stream (SDS). This is a common source of confusion as PTE Core is exclusively designed for permanent residency and economic immigration programs.


For SDS study visas and permits, the acceptable test is still the PTE Academic as of August 10, 2023, along with three other newly approved English proficiency examinations.


Economic immigration programs encompass various categories such as Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), Caregivers, Agri-Food Pilot, Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP), Economic Mobility Pathways Project (EMPP), Atlantic Immigration Program, Quebec Skilled Workers, and Business Class.

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What is the PTE Core?

The PTE Core is a computer-based language test designed to assess general English proficiency specifically for Canadian immigration purposes. This test evaluates everyday English skills in speaking, writing, reading, and listening, all within a two-hour timeframe. You can find testing centers worldwide, with over 400 locations globally.


According to information from Pearson’s website, the test scoring involves both human evaluators and artificial intelligence to minimize the risk of bias. Typically, test results can be obtained within two days.


The PTE Core consists of three main parts:

1. Speaking and writing (50 minutes)

2. Reading (30 minutes)

3. Listening (30 minutes)


This test has replaced the previous PTE Essential test, which was accepted for Canadian immigration last year. It’s important to note that Pearson, like other approved language testing organizations, offers various types of tests, such as PTE Academic. Candidates for immigration are advised to ensure they take the correct test based on their chosen program.


Below is a table comparing the PTE Core test to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).

Language Equivalency Chart for the PTE Core Test,

Check out the Language Equivalency Chart for the PTE Core Test, which aligns with the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels. These CLB levels are crucial for evaluating English proficiency for immigration to Canada, as recognized by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

CLB levelReadingWritingListeningSpeaking

PTE Core test requirement for Express Entry

To be eligible for the Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), you need to achieve a minimum language level of CLB 7 in all four abilities. Specifically, for each IELTS module, you must score at least six bands.


For the FSWP, meeting the language requirement through the PTE Core test involves obtaining scores of 60–68 in reading, 69–78 in writing, 60–70 in listening, and 68–75 in speaking.


If you’re aiming for the IELTS “8 triple 7” (eight in listening and seven in the remaining modules), the equivalent PTE scores should fall within the range of 82–88 in listening, 88–89 in writing, 78–87 in reading, and 84–88 in speaking.


Similarly, the FSTP Express Entry has a minimum language requirement of CLB level 5. To meet this requirement through the PTE Core test, you’ll need scores in the range of 42–50 in reading, 51–59 in writing, 39–49 in listening, and 51–58 in speaking.

PTE Core score requirement for Express Entry Canadian Experience Class (CEC):

CLB LevelPTE ScoresIELTS Scores
CLB Level 7 for TEER 0 or TEER 1 jobs60–68 in reading, 69–78 in writing, 60–70 in listening, and 68–75 in speaking6 in each module
CLB Level 5 for TEER 2 or TEER 3 jobs42–50 in reading, 51–59 in writing, 39–49 in listening, and 51–58 in speaking4 in reading and 5 each in rest of the modules

Which English language proficiency tests can you take for Canadian immigration?

You can choose from the following English language competency exams for Canadian immigration:

1. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) General Training

2. CELPIP (Canadian English Language Competency Index Program) General Test

3. Pearson Test of English (PTE Core) language test by Pearson Canada Inc.

Five accepted language tests

There are now five language tests accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for immigration purposes, with the recent addition of the PTE Core. These include:

1. CELPIP General Test (English)

2. IELTS General Training (English)

3. PTE Core (English)

4. TEF Canada (French)

5. TCF Canada (French)

All of these tests evaluate language proficiency across four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Depending on the specific immigration program candidates apply for, they may need to meet different criteria within these four skills.

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