Let's Talk Money: Improving Your Visa Application Through Language Courses, How Much Does It Cost?

It can be rather disappointing going through the trouble of creating an Express Entry profile just to find out that you don't have a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) high enough to be selected in the draw to be one of the candidates who receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada. However, if you are reading this, you may be able to change that.

Your proficiency in the languages of English and French is very important to the Canadian Government. These are the main languages of Canada and it plays an imperative role with regards to your eligibility to immigrate to Canada. How well you fare on the language tests, known as the International English Language Training System (IELTS) could be the thing that makes or breaks your CRS score. If you are yet to start the process of your visa application to Canada, you need to do as well as possible on these language tests to ensure you have the best chance of obtaining that permanent residence visa.

What Is the International English Language Training System (IELTS)?

How much the IELTS tests cost for your visa application to Canada

The English Language Training System is based on four components: Your ability to listen, speak, read and write effectively in English. This is to establish how well you will be able to communicate in Canada, as this will, in turn, affect how well you’ll be able to adapt to life in Canada after you immigrate. This is particularly important if you are hoping to work in Canada, as your ability to communicate effectively will affect how much value you can add to the Canadian workforce. Please note, not all language tests are accredited or recognized by the Canadian government, do you need to ensure that wherever you are doing your tests is aligned with IELTS guidelines.

In addition, the IELTS are split into two kinds of modules. The first is a General Training Model which is geared towards people who are hoping to immigrate to Canada. The second is more of an academic test, for those seeking to further their education at an institution in one of the Canadian provinces. So before you prepare for the test, you need to be clear on your motives for wanting to move to Canada so that you can prepare for the right module. The cost of both tests will set you back between $200 and $250 USD each, depending on the testing center. It is important that you are well prepared before taking this test to avoid having to fork out the money to retake it or delaying your application to immigrate to Canada.

How Well You Need to Do on Your IELTS Tests and How We Can Help You to Prepare

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To work as an immigrant or to study in Canada, candidates are generally required to obtain a band score of 5.5 in the General Training and 6.5 in the Academic path. Required scores are of course, at the discretion of the institution, province and prospective employer involved. If you need more information on the language tests please contact learningsupport@canadianvisa.org. Luckily, we have developed an extensive IELTS preparation course to help you prepare as much as possible before taking the tests. This course is made up of video lectures, a submission and review process for written work and practice exercises that cover all components of the IELT test: writing, reading, speaking and listening To add to the value of this course, it is run by qualified and experienced Canadian IELTS instructors who are well versed in the processed and preparations leading up to sitting for the actual exam.

To start the process of preparing for your IELTS and to receive assistance with everything else related to your visa application to kick start your journey to Canada!