Primary applicants to all Canadian immigration classes must pass a language test administered by an officially designated language testing agency. Test results must be submitted with the application for P.R., or it will not be processed. People whose first language is one of Canada's official languages must also undergo the test. If you are nominated by Queen's for the Provincial Nominee Program you are exempted from the language test requirement.
Test slots book up weeks in advance, book early for best availability.
Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP): For the P.R. application purposes, you must take the CELPIP "General" test. This is a Canadian test, and test materials use a Canadian accent. Total test time: 3hrs, entirely done on computer, at test site in Toronto or Ottawa.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): You must take the “General Training” option. Closest test sites are in Toronto and Ottawa.Test materials of this international test use a variety of English accents (Australian, British, etc). Total time requirement: 9am-5:30pm. Written test is 2hrs45mins scheduled from 9am; plus a personal interview with an examiner (to test speaking) which is scheduled during the afternoon. Interviewees must be prepared to stay until 5:30pm.
Occasionally, IELTS testing is offered at a site in Kingston (Holy Cross Secondary School) through Algonquin College.This is a paper-based test.
Any language test results are valid for two years from the date they were taken.