Your mileage may vary, but IELTS is considered the gold standard in Australia. Unlike some of the other tests, it involves freeform writing and talking to an actual human, so it's not possible to brute force rote learn your way through it.
If you're a native speaker, you're unlikely to have any significant trouble. I went in cold, with no prep whatsoever, ...
Unfortunately, you do not meet the minimum language ability for English. You must have Canadian Language Benchmark level 7 or higher. For IELTS, in the Writing category, that corresponds to a score of 6 or higher.
Federal Skilled Worker Program
You must meet the minimum level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7
in English or Niveaux de ...
According to this webpage, just having a USA passport is enough to guarantee "competent English."
I reached that page by following the pages that discuss applying for permanent residency based on points-based work visa.
One possibility for taking the test anyway is if you need some points.
Only one Test Result Form, the one which you submit and is valid at that time will be considered. No matter if it is old, new, better, worse, only requirement is it should be valid at the time of application.
*Test Result Form = TRF = IELTS Score Card.
Edit: Most of the time TRFs are valid for two years from the exam date.
As I read on Express Entry details at CIC official websites, the first draw will be in last week of January 2015. They never said that who are not selected are dropped. They may get chance in subsequent draws. So you should keep working towards improving the score and update the profile when you have some changes in the information which you mentioned today. ...
Yes, but it's not on the page that you linked to. To score points on abilities in the first or second official languages (OL) (English or French), you have to score the equivalent of Canadian Language Board 7 or greater (CLB 7). For the IELTS, that's approximately a 6 or better in any of the 4 ability areas. Because you have a 5.5 in Reading on your first ...
English test score other than IELTS are usually only accepted for student and working holiday visas. 476 is not a student visa. The statement "or another language test and score specified by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection" is confusing at best. In practice the department will accept the OET, but only for specific occupations.
While there is information on the Student Visa that TOEFL is accepted as a substitute for IELTS. The Work visas don't provide similar information.
The only reference to the alternatives I was able to find is on the application for class 476 visa itself
Item 24 "Language Requirements" contains the following text:
You are using International English ...
I can't find a direct reference on the Quebec immigration site, except that you must have at least CLB level 5. The main Canadian immigration site has an equivalency chart for only the general IELTS test, not the Academic version.
I found a note on another page that after submitting your application that you should have received an email that would allow ...
You have to take the General Training version, not the Academic version. The statement is:
IELTS has two options for the reading and writing tests: “General
Training” and “Academic.” You must take the “General Training” option.
For future seekers,
After April 2015, only IELTS for UKVI is accepted for Tier-2 visa. So if you have a normal IELTS TRF you should sit for an IELTS for UKVI even if you have already taken a test in one of the SELT centres.
Unfortunately, having worked in an English speaking country doesn't count towards the Tier 2 visa language requirement. If you don't have a degree from an institution in an English speaking country, you're going to have to produce favourable results from an approved language test.
This Canadian government page contains a chart showing the equivalent CLB scores for various IELTS scores. Here's the chart:
IELTS 7 Listening is CLB 7 to 8
IELTS 5 Reading is CLB 6
IELTS 6 Speaking is CLB 7
IELTS 6 Writing is CLB 7
I don't know if or how Canada averages or combines the individual scores into a single number.
The information is under ‘Learning difficulties’ https://www.ielts.org/book-a-test/special-requirements/learning-difficulties There is an online enquiry form you can use to ask for more information eg help finding a local test centre which can accommodate your needs https://www.ielts.org/info-pages/contact-us/online-enquiry-form
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Are you talking about the actual English IELTS test ?
If you are applying at immigration from anywhere within QUEBEC (extension of stay following skilled contract, Permanent residency or citizenship) You are required to pass the FRENCH test, and the English become secondary when it comes to Immigration purpose. It is the only province that requires it ...
First off I want to clear it out that there is no minimum requirement for the dependent (in this case your husband). So as long as you are meeting the CLB 7 requirement (which you are) you should be okay.
However to improve your profile, you can always give the test again and have a higher score and better profile.
A score of 5 in any module of IELTS means that the person could mostly understand the question, but can answer in very vague terms, like circling around, but not to the point. i.e. if the question is about Rose, person is talking just about a garden in his answer.
9 bands means using english like a native speaker, 8 means handling complex language almost ...
Being eligible to apply for Express Entry depends not only on your language test results, but also on a number of other factors. Please use the Come to Canada Tool provided by CIC to check if you are eligible for Express Entry:
CIC also has a tool to compute how many CRS points you will get for your language ...