CLB Points Calculator

The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) are a set of 12 standards that describe the English language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants to Canada. The CLB provide a national standard used to measure, assess and recognize the language ability of these individuals. The CLB are used by language instructors, educational institutions, employers, and government agencies to assess the language skills of individuals for various purposes, such as for hiring, for admission to post-secondary institutions, and for language training programs. They are also used to track the progress of language learners over time.

Equivalencies between the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) (for English), the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (for French), and the results of language tests from designated testing organizations have been established and are summarized in the following tables.

You can find the CLB level of your language test results for CELPIP, IELTS or TEF, with our language test equivalency charts.

You must prove your language skills by taking an approved language test. To do this:

You must:

  • schedule your test with an agency approved by IRCC and pay the costs
  • enter the test results into your Express Entry profile (and the Personal Information Number, if the system asks for it)
  • include the results with your application if you are invited to apply. If you don’t include it, we will not process your application.

Don’t ask for your language test results to be sent directly to us. Send us your results with your complete application. Keep your original test in a safe place as we may ask for it later.

Language tests we accept

You can take any of these approved language tests:

What happens next

See what language level you have based on your test results in:

  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
  • Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC)

We will use the test results as proof of your language skills.

Your test results must be valid (less than two years old) when you:

  • complete your Express Entry profile
  • apply for permanent residence

The Express Entry profile is valid for 12 months. Make sure that your language test results are valid for the same time period.

If your test results expire soon, you should re-take the test and update your Express Entry profile with your new test results.

Averaging your language score: for people with a physical or mental disability

If you aren’t able to complete one or more sections of your language test because of a disability, you must:

The Comprehensive Ranking System – Language calculator isn’t the same as the Comprehensive Ranking System tool.

Choose a Program:

Federal Skilled Worker Program

CELPIP-G
CLB LevelAbility: SpeakingAbility: ListeningAbility: ReadingAbility: WritingPoints per ability
7
CELPIP-G
77774
8
CELPIP-G
88885
9
CELPIP-G
99996
10 and above
CELPIP-G
10+10+10+10+6
CLB LevelAbility: SpeakingAbility: ListeningAbility: ReadingAbility: WritingPoints (total)
5 and above5 – 125 – 125 – 125 – 124
IELTS
CLB LevelAbility: SpeakingAbility: ListeningAbility: ReadingAbility: WritingPoints per ability
76.06.0 – 7.06.06.04
86.57.56.56.55
97.08.07.07.06
10 and above7.5 – 9.08.5 – 9.08.0 – 9.07.5 – 9.06
CLB LevelAbility: SpeakingAbility: ListeningAbility: ReadingAbility: WritingPoints (total)
5 and above5.0 – 9.05.0 – 9.04.0 – 9.05.0 – 9.04
TEF Canada
NCLC LevelAbility: Speaking (expression orale)Ability: Listening (compréhension de l’oral)Ability: Reading (compréhension de l’écrit)Ability: Writing (expression écrite)Points (per ability)
7310 – 348249 – 279207 – 232310 – 3484
8349 – 370280 – 297233 – 247349 – 3705
9 and above371+298+248+371+6
NCLC LevelAbility: Speaking (expression orale)Ability: Listening (compréhension de l’oral)Ability: Reading (compréhension de l’écrit)Ability: Writing (expression écrite)Points (total)
5 and above226 – 371+181 – 298+151 – 248+226 – 371+4
TCF Canada
NCLC LevelAbility: Speaking (expression orale)Ability: Listening (compréhension de l’oral)Ability: Reading (compréhension de l’écrit)Ability: Writing (expression écrite)Points (per ability)
710 – 11458 – 502453 – 49810 – 114
812 – 13503 – 522499 – 52312 – 135
9 and above14+523+524+14+6
NCLC LevelAbility: Speaking (expression orale)Ability: Listening (compréhension de l’oral)Ability: Reading (compréhension de l’écrit)Ability: Writing (expression écrite)Points (total)
5 and above6+369 – 397+375 – 405+6+4

Add your points:

  1. First official language:
    • Speaking + Listening + Reading + Writing = your subtotal
  2. Second official language:
    • Add four points to your subtotal if you meet the minimum level in all four abilities. If you do not, you get 0 points for your second official language.
  3. Add (1) and (2) together for your total points.

Federal Skilled Trades Program

CLB LevelTest results for each ability
SpeakingListeningReadingWriting
9 and above9+9+9+9+
88888
77777
66666
55555
44444
CLB LevelTest results for each ability
ListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
10 and above8.5 – 9.08.0 – 9.07.5 – 9.07.5 – 9.0
98.07.07.07.0
87.56.56.56.5
76.06.06.06.0
65.55.05.55.5
55.04.05.05.0
44.53.54.04.0
NCLC LevelTest results for each ability
Speaking
(expression orale)
Listening
(compréhension de l’oral)
Reading
(compréhension de l’écrit)
Writing
(expression écrite)
9 and above371+298+248+371+
8349 – 370280 – 297233 – 247349 – 370
7310 – 348249 – 279207 – 232310 – 348
6271 – 309217 – 248181 – 206271 – 309
5226 – 270181 – 216151 – 180226 – 270
4181 – 225145 – 180121 – 150181 – 225
NCLC LevelTest results for each ability
Speaking
(expression orale)
Listening
(compréhension de l’oral)
Reading
(compréhension de l’écrit)
Writing
(expression écrite)
10 and above16 – 20549 – 699549 – 69916 – 20
914 – 15523 – 548524 – 54814 – 15
812 – 13503 – 522499 – 52312 – 13
710 – 11458 – 502453 – 49810 – 11
67 – 9398 – 457406 – 4527 – 9
56369 – 397375 – 4056
44 – 5331 – 368342 – 3744 – 5

Canadian Experience Class

NOC TEERCLB LevelTest results for each ability
SpeakingListeningReadingWriting
0 and 19 and above9+9+9+9+
0 and 188888
0 and 177777
2 and 366666
2 and 355555
NOC TEERCLB LevelTest results for each ability
ListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
0 and 110 and above8.5-9.08.0-9.07.5-9.07.5-9.0
0 and 198.07.07.07.0
0 and 187.56.56.56.5
0 and 176.06.06.06.0
2 and 365.55.05.55.5
2 and 355.04.05.05.0
NOC TEERNCLC LevelTest results for each ability
Speaking
(expression orale)
Listening
(compréhension de l’oral)
Reading
(compréhension de l’écrit)
Writing
(expression écrite)
0 and 19 and above371+298+248+371+
0 and 18349-370280-297233-247349-370
0 and 17310 – 348249 – 279207 – 232310 – 348
2 and 36271 – 309217 – 248181 – 206271 – 309
2 and 35226 – 270181 – 216151 – 180226 – 270
NOC TEERNCLC LevelTest results for each ability
Speaking
(expression orale)
Listening
(compréhension de l’oral)
Reading
(compréhension de l’écrit)
Writing
(expression écrite)
0 and 110  and above16 – 20549 – 699549 – 69916 – 20
0 and 1914 – 15523 – 548524 – 54814 – 15
0 and 1812 – 13503 – 522499 – 52312 – 13
0 and 1710 – 11458 – 502453 – 49810 – 11
2 and 367 – 9398 – 457406 – 4527 – 9
2 and 356369 – 397375 – 4056

Note: Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) centres are not approved testing agencies for people who apply under the Canadian Experience Class.

This is updated information on June 6, 2023. Please refer to CIC website for latest update.

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