Express entry is a system that is used by the Canadian government to manage Canadian permanent residence applications. Several immigration programs come under express entry to give job opportunities to people from around the world. Skilled and qualified immigrants are chosen under the Express Entry Program. This program is specifically designed to aid the immigration of skilled people to Canada who can play their role in the economics of the country.
The question here is, how much CELPIP score is required for express entry?
The passing score required to clear CELPIP varies according to the requirements of your Canadian immigration application. For instance, scoring 7 points minimum in each category can be considered as the passing score.
However, there is a lot more that you need to know. Keep reading.
Express Entry is highly efficient as it only takes a total of 6 months or more in the immigration process. Immigrants who are qualified in any of the programs in Express Entry can submit their application and then the Canadian Government can invite them to apply for immigration. Express Entry uses a scoring system called the Comprehensive Ranking System for selecting successful immigrants. The higher the CSR, the more chances for immigration.
Requirements for Express Entry
Following are the requirements to apply for Express Entry as a skilled worker:
- Minimum one year of experience in the last 10 years in a skilled occupation
- Have the required Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score in any of the approved language test in English or French
- All the educational degrees must be assessed against Canadian Standards
Approved Language Tests
Following are the approved language tests, you can take any one of these.
Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
- For express entry take the CELPIP-General test is accepted
- General-LS test is not accepted for Express Entry
International English Language Testing System
- For express entry, the General Training option must be selected
- The academic option is not suitable for Express Entry
Test d’évaluation de français, including:
- compréhension de l’écrit
- compréhension de l’oral
- expression écrite
- expression orale
The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) is an English test where test takers are evaluated for their abilities and skills in the English Language. There are two kinds of CELPIP tests, one is the CELPIP General where you are tested in four modules (listening, speaking, reading and writing). The other one is CELPIP LS that evaluates only speaking and listening proficiency.
The CELPIP General test is intended to apply for immigration and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for individuals who want permanent residency in Canada. All four modules of the test are computer-based. They are held at different CELPIP centres all over the world. The CELPIP General LS test has been approved by IRCC for those individuals who are applying for citizenship in Canada. In the LS test, the two modules of the test speaking and listening are also computer-based.
CELPIP General Test
This test comprises a total of 180 minutes. There are four sections in this test which are reading, listening, speaking and writing. The candidate is assessed in these four regions for English proficiency.
CELPIP Listening Test
The Listening part comprises 47 minutes. It comprises listening to a dialogue from daily life or news etc. So the examiner will ask questions from the conversation. For that it is important that you must listen carefully. All the questions are multiple-choice questions.
CELPIP Reading Test
The reading part comprises 60 minutes. Celpip Test takers are asked to read a passage, an article or a diagram.
CELPIP Writing Test
In this section, the examiner examines the test taker on the basis of a mail the individual has written. It consists of about 53 minutes.
CELPIP Speaking Test
This is the last part of the test. It takes about 20 minutes where the test taker is asked to speak on an experience or life event.
CELPIP General LS Test
In the LS test, only the listening and speaking test of the individual is evaluated. The listening part consists of 47 minutes and the speaking test is 20 minutes long.
CELPIP and Express Entry
There are several programmes under Express Entry. These three programmes are described below:
· Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC)
You are eligible for this program if you are evaluated in the FSWC points system. Candidates should obtain a total of 67 points out of 100. There are 28 points for language which can go up to 33 points if the candidate is accompanying a spouse.
· Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)
This program is eligible for tradespeople having relevant experience in their respective fields.
· Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
It is eligible for those individuals who are working in Canada or have work experience in the recent past.
For all these programs the CELPIP score varies. The minimum score required for FSWC may not be the same as FSTC. So the language criteria are set according to the programme one is applying for. Unlike the IELTS and TEF tests, the CELPIP test results range from 1 to 12 which is the same as the Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB).
Minimum Score Required for Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC)
The minimum score required in the CELPIP exam for the Federal Skilled Worker Class is shown below. If you get more scores than this the more are your chances of selection. If your score falls below this minimum score in any of the sections then you are not eligible to apply.
The table shows that an individual needs a minimum of 7 bands in each of the modules.
Minimum Score Required for Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)
The following table shows the minimum score required in the CELPIP exam for Federal Skilled Trades Class.
This shows that the CELPIP score in speaking and listening is 5 to be eligible for FSTC. The minimum score required in reading and writing is 4. If an individual scores better than this it will be better.
Minimum Score Required for Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
The minimum language requirements for CEC rests on the NOC level of the candidate’s job experience. NOC is related to the Canadian National Occupational Classification system. In simple words, NOC divides jobs into several Skill Types and Skill Levels, also known as NOC Matrix.
- Skill Type/Level 0 states executive positions, such as chief officers, senior government managers, college or school presidents and managers.
- Skill Level A refers to jobs that are related to a university degree, examples are auditors in finance, engineers, human resource professionals, doctors and physicists.
- Skill Level B are the jobs that require a college diploma, such as admin assistants, event planners, underwriters, plumbers, welders and electricians.
- Skill Level C usually refers to a high-school diploma and job-specific training, such as court clerks and collectors, administrators, and postal workers.
- Skill Level D ascertains to labour jobs that need on-the-job training, such as fish carrier, meat packagers, cloth movers, and store helpers.
An individual can apply only for skill level A/0 and skill level B. Language requirements are different for both of these skills.
Minimum Score Required for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Skill A/0
Minimum Score Required for Canadian Experience Certificate (CEC) Skill B
These are the scores required for CEC job level 0, A and B.
The Canadian Government can change these scores so it is important to keep yourself up to date.
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