IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It tests the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. IELTS is a secure, valid and reliable test of real-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.
Applicants can take this opportunity to practice English and get familiarized with the IELTS test. These tests were prepared by IELTS professionals and will give the applicants a good sense of what the IELTS test will be like.
The IELTS consists of four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The whole test lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes and can be completed in one day. The Speaking component can also be taken up to 7 days before or after the other three components.The Listening component lasts for 30 minutes and consists of four audio clips that the applicant must listen to and answer questions.
- Conversation – 2 speakers
- Conversation – 4 speakers
The applicants can read the questions and get familiarized with the question types before listening to the recordings. Applicants must listen carefully, as the recordings are played only once. The Reading component lasts for 60 minutes and consists of three passages that the applicant will have to read and answer questions about. The texts are typically taken from books, newspapers, magazines, and journals. Applicants will be asked to:
- Identify attitudes and perceptions
- Find detailed information
- Complete a diagram
The Writing component lasts for 60 minutes and consists of 2 tasks. Applicants will need to:
- Write a descriptive report of a table or diagram (150 words)
- Write an essay in response to a statement (250 words)
- Applicants need to be sure to read the questions carefully before composing the text
The Speaking component lasts for 10-15 minutes. It is a face-to-face interview between the candidate and the examiner. It consists of:
- Introduction and interview
- Individual talk
- Discussion topics
— Applicants must try to speak fluently, using appropriate grammar and demonstrate a range of vocabulary. They should always try to support their opinions and answer the questions with more than ‘yes’ or ‘no’.Applicants will be given a score for each component (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) on a Band Scale from 1-9. In order to be awarded the maximum 16 points for English language ability on the Federal Skilled Worker application, applicants will need to score a 7.5 or higher in the Listening component and a 6.5 or higher in the other three components.
- Band 1 – Non user
- Band 2 – Intermittent user
- Band 3 – Extremely limited user
- Band 4 – Limited user
- Band 5 – Modest user
- Band 6 – Competent user
- Band 7 – Good user
- Band 8 – Very good user
- Band 9 – Expert user
DELF (Diplôme D’études En Langue Française I.E. Diploma In French Language)
is the official French-language diploma awarded by France’s Ministry of National Education. It is recognized around the world and is valid for life.
Under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program applicants must provide results of an approved French language test if they are claiming points for language proficiency.
There are several approved language tests that determine an applicant’s level of French language ability. For Quebec Immigration purposes, only the ability to Listen and to Spea are taken into consideration.
Why take a DELF exam?
Today French is an official language in almost 50 countries, including Canada. It is spoken by more than 200 million people on five continents. It is also an official language of the United Nations, the Red Cross and many other international organizations.
The DELF diploma
- Is an international recognition of French proficiency;
- Is a life-long certification, whether obtained in the student’s country or another country;
- Facilitates interprovincial dialogue across Canada;
- Is an internationally recognized official document that enriches the student’s school or professional portfolio;
- Enhances a student’s resumé: it describes in meaningful terms what the student is capable of doing in French;
- Opens doors to a wide range of Careers and recreational opportunities throughout Canada and around the world;
- Supports Career advancement