IRCC Accepts Pearson Test for Canadian Immigration

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Effective January 30th, 2024, the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Core is now accepted for all immigration pathways, excluding the Student Direct Stream (SDS). This provides increased flexibility for candidates, including Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Express Entry applicants, as well as those seeking Canadian citizenship.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) now recognizes five language tests:

2. PTE Core: PTE Core
3. IELTS: IELTS General Training


1. TCF Canada
2. TEF Canada

Applicants must take the test corresponding to program requirements. The assessment covers reading, writing, listening, and speaking, based on Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for English and Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien (NCLC) for French.

Ensure that your language test results remain valid (less than 2 years old) when you complete your Express Entry profile and apply for permanent residence. The Express Entry profile is valid for 12 months, so it is crucial to align the validity period of your language test results accordingly. Keep a close eye on expiration dates, and if needed, re-take the test to update your Express Entry profile with the most current results.


Disclaimer: The information from the newsletter is directly derived from IRCC. The material and information contained on this website is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. Although best efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, we cannot guarantee the completeness or accuracy of all information. As information may change without notice, always refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.