IELTS Score for canada | How much IELTS score required for Canada?
Let me ask you a simple question. "Which country would you like to be a resident of, given that you are preparing for IELTS?" Now hold your answer for a second. Let me guess. Hmm… Give me a minute. By any chance, is it Canada? Ohhh, is it! A resounding yes, from everybody, is it? Haha. Well, how did I guess? A little bit of research, a bit of observation and of course for the brand which Canada has built herself into to get this recognition of being one of the most sought out destinations for people to settle in permanently. In this article, let's discuss why Canada has become such a favourite place for people to settle in, how IELTS can help you in this quest of yours to live and settle in Canada and how much you should actually obtain as the IELTS score for you to be considered eligible for settling in Canada.
Looking at the number of prospective countries that people have for settling, we should take into account why Canada is this favourite amongst the people as a country. Canada has one of the most positive immigration policies in the entire world. Not only that, the United Nations (UN) has voted in favour of Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. Thus, the standard of living here is second to none. Add to it, the fact that the education provided by the Canadian universities is really world class and this in turn makes Canada one of the most desired countries where people go to obtain higher education. But of course to get there, you have to take the IELTS exam and obtain the minimum cutoff score for being eligible to settle there. Now let's take a look at the IELTS exam in general and the IELTS score you have to obtain.
IELTS for Canada
The Canadian immigration authorities, like many other English-speaking countries, use your IELTS score as a selection factor when you seek immigration there either for settling permanently or when you are looking to complete your higher education there. Also, your IELTS score is considered a crucial requirement for employment in Canada by your prospective employer, when you are looking for employment there.
Choose your IELTS exam
As has been discussed in an earlier article here, you have to first decide which IELTS exam suits your requirement. There are two that are normally taken by candidates -
(i)IELTS General exam: Take this exam if you wish to settle there permanently and become a citizen of the country there in future.
(ii) IELTS Academic exam: Take this exam if you wish to study at any university in Canada for completing your Under-graduate or Post-graduate education.
IELTS Score Cutoff
As discussed, to apply for a PR, you have to take the IELTS General exam and to study there, you have to take the IELTS Academic exam.
As the IELTS Exam has been designed, it tests candidates and their proficiencies in all the four English language related skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking. On a scale of 1 – 9, you must score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of your individual tests. For obvious reasons, the overall score across all the four skills will play an important part when we are looking to settle there.
Top Canadian Universities with their Cutoffs
(i) University of Toronto - IELTSCutoff Score - Overall band of 6.5, with no individual band below 6.0.
(ii) McGill University - IELTSCutoff Score - Overall band of 6.5.
(iii) University of British Columbia - IELTSCutoff Score - Overall band of 6.5, with no individual band below 6.0.
(iv) University of Alberta - IELTSCutoff Score - Overall band of 6.5, with no individual band below 5.0.
(v) McMaster University - IELTSCutoff Score - Overall band of 6.5, with no individual band below 5.0.
(vi) Western University - IELTSCutoff Score - Overall band of 6.5, with no individual band below 6.0.
(vii) University of Calgary - IELTSCutoff Score - Overall band of 7.0, with no individual band below 7.0.
(viii) University of Ottawa - IELTSCutoff Score - Overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.5 in the written section.
However, apart from the above universities there are some other which don't need any IELTS score for taking admission in them. But candidates are to bear in mind the fact that they have their own set of exemptions and requirements to prove the candidate's proficiency in English. Also, it is to be noted that most of the top universities do consider the IELTS as the single-most important benchmark to prove the necessary proficiency in English.
Cutoff Score for IELTS General Exam
People looking to take the IELTS General are generally made to have an express entry and for each program under express entry, different IELTS score is required. The IELTS score gets to decide the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) level, which ultimately decides one's proficiency in English.