Saturday, January 03, 2009

New IELTS Exam Results Points System



Previously I've posted an entry about International English Language Testing System (IELTS) telling you that it is not mandatory. It remains to be true even after the Ministerial instructions affecting the new Federal Skilled Worker program. However, please note that Citizenship and Immigration Canada strongly suggests that you provide the results if English or French is not your first language.

There is also a new points system for your IELTS exam results:


Level

Points
(per ability)

Test results for each ability

Speaking

Listening

Reading
(General
Training)

Writing
(General
Training)

High

First official language: 4

6.5 - 9.0

7.5 - 9.0

6.5 - 9.0

6.5 - 9.0

Second official language: 2

Moderate

Either official language: 2

5.5 - 6.0

5.5 - 7.0

5.0 - 6.0

5.5 - 6.0

Basic

Either official language: 1
(maximum of 2)

4.0 - 5.0

4.5 - 5.0

3.5 - 4.5

4.0 - 5.0

No

0

Less than 4.0

Less than 4.5

Less than 3.5

Less than 4.0


The following are considered majority English-speaking countries and may be allowed to submit alternative documentation to support English language proficiency:
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New zealand
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • The USA
But just the same, it is always best to take the IELTS Exam. It is also best to undergo IELTS review and test simulation before taking the actual examination.