PTE Core Now Accepted for Canada PR Applications

PTE Core Now Accepted for Canada PR Applications

Manmeet Kaur Manmeet Kaur
[Published 21 Feb, 2024 | 05:54 PM]
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The Pearson Test of English (PTE) Core will now be accepted for all Canada immigration programs, except the Student Direct Stream (SDS). If you are applying for SDS, you must take the PTE Academic.

On 30th January, IRCC announced that it will now be accepting PTE Core to check English proficiency for candidates applying for a Canada PR visa from India. Whether you are applying for permanent residence through the Express Entry program, Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs), or other immigration pathways, even citizenship - you will now be able to take PTE Core.

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What's PTE Core?

Like other English language tests, PTE Core is a computer-based English test that evaluates the language abilities of the candidates in four modules: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. To reduce the risk of bias, this test is scored by both humans and AI.

PTE Core is taken in three parts:

  • Speaking + Writing = 50 minutes
  • Reading = 30 minutes
  • Listening = 30 minutes
The best part? You can get the results of this language test in less than 48 hours.

PTE Core vs CLB

The score for PTE Core is given on a scale of 0-90, with 90 being the highest score. For Canada PR, your score on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Core is converted into CLB. You will be asked to show a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level to prove your language proficiency in either English or French.

To qualify, the minimum score required for Canada PR should be equivalent to CLB 7, meaning you need to achieve scores for PTE Core in the range of 60-68 for reading, 69-78 for writing, 60-70 in listening, and 68-75 in speaking.

CLB Level Reading Writing Listening Speaking
10 88-90 80 89-90 89-90
9 78-77 88-89 82-88 84-88
8 69-77 78-87 71-81 76-83
7 60-68 69-78 60-70 68-75
6 51-59 60-68 50-59 59-67
5 42-50 51-59 39-49 51-58
4 33-41 41-50 28-38 42-50
3 24-32 32-40 18-27 34-41

The results of this English language test remain valid for 2 years. If your score expires while you are waiting for your Canada PR visa application approval, you will not be considered.

How to prepare for PTE Core?

The PTE Core exam is tailored for candidates who want an easy and user-friendly exam to achieve the desired scores for the Canada PR eligibility language factor. Before taking the tests, here are some useful tips that will help you prepare for PTE Core and gain higher scores:

  • Get familiar with the test format 

Like other English exams, the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Core also has four sections: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Each one has different questions and tasks that evaluate your skills. Refer to the table and timings for each section in the section above.

How to prepare for PTE Core?

  • Practice is key

There are free sample questions available for PTE Core online. Do the practice questions to understand the test format, types of questions asked, and difficulty level. Get feedback to help you improve your performance. 

  • Improve your English skills

This exam examines your English skills in day-to-day situations. Therefore, you need to work on your grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and fluency. Learn the best strategies and techniques to use to answer the questions in the exam. 

Once you are ready to take the test, simply register and book online by paying the test fee.

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Accepted Language Tests for Canada Immigration by IRCC

PTE Core has replaced the PTE Essentials test - a test accepted earlier to check English proficiency for Canadian immigration in 2023. With PTE Core, there are now five language tests accepted by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canada immigration. These include:

For English:

  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) General Test
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) General Training
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Core

For French:

  • TEF (Test d'évaluation de français) Canada
  • TCF (Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada) Canada
All the accepted tests for Canada PR evaluate the candidate's language ability within four skills. You may need to meet unique requirements within four skills, based on the specific PR program you are applying for.

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Now the choice is yours!

Whether you decide to take IELTS, CELPIP, or PTE Core, you must achieve the minimum scores required to qualify for Canada PR from India. Prepare well to ace any English proficiency tests and start your Canada immigration process on the right foot.

Need help? Connect with the best Canada immigration consultants in India, Nationwide Visas, who with more than 17 years of experience will make your journey to Canada seamless. 

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