Canada Immigration uses the IELTS test

Canada may introduce the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam as an accepted test for English level soon.

Right now, you have to prove your ability in English and the IELTS test is perhaps the easiest way to do this.

This brings Canada into line with Australia and the United Kingdom which also use IELTS as a filter for their own immigration systems.

Canada already uses the IELTS academic stream test to filter applicants for its universities, so its not surpassing that they have chosen to use the same test for immigration purposes.

The General Training Stream test used for immigration is easier than the academic stream, however. Although the speaking and listening components are the same for both academic and general streams, then the reading and writing components are different and easier.

In the general training (immigration) writing test, for instance, you only have to write a simple letter rather than write a report to a university lecturer describing complicated statistics or graphs. The reading texts are also easier and are the sort of things you would expect to see in daily life such as newspaper articles or instruction booklets.

Although grammar is assessed there are no difficult grammar questions such as you find find in other English tests like TOEFL. Everything in IELTS is based on your ability to use the fours English skills - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

If you are planning to apply for immigration to Canada then its a good time to start improving your English and preparing for the IELTS exam. The easiest way to prepare for your IELTS exam is by taking an IELTS preparation course with a qualified, native English tutor experienced in the IELTS exam.

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