Updated: Jan 16
Have you been thinking seriously about immigration to Canada but your English language test, or IELTS result is not giving you sufficient points? Have you been combing the internet for tips on how to achieve the desired score? If so, you have probably read a lot about groups you can join or courses you can take to improve your language ability.
You are probably aware of prep courses and Youtube videos that can help. You are probably also terrified of the potential that you could take the test again and not improve your score. You have seen posts about buying an IELTS exam without the need to take a test and you may have even communicated with the seller who has assured you that they sell millions of tests and that their service is guaranteed.
We are not going to go any further into this post without answering the main subject, the ins and outs of buying an IELTS result:
1. The Ins
Prices and delivery may vary depending upon the provider.
2. The Outs
IF YOU BUY AN IELTS RESULT WITHOUT TAKING A LEGITIMATE TEST THROUGH A LEGITIMATE IELTS CENTRE, YOU WILL NOT BE GRANTED PERMANENT RESIDENCE AND YOU WILL RECEIVE A 5 YEAR BAN FROM CANADA FOR MISREPRESENTATION AND YOU ARE UNLIKELY TO OVERCOME THIS MISREPRESENTATION EVEN AFTER THE 5 YEAR BAN.
If someone is telling you that you can buy a score from them, it's an IELTS SCAM. Save your money.
Now that you know what not to do, let's explore what you should do to obtain a higher IELTS score and an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada. The truth is, the answer is hard work. In fact, Immigration to Canada is hard work, it can be a long process and it can be highly emotional. Canada is a very special country and attaining permanent residency in Canada is a significant achievement that you should be really proud of. Canada is a country based on policy and procedure. Canadians largely follow the rules and this is one of the things that makes it such a great place to live. For example, one of the reasons Canadians have seen the COVID pandemic as largely under control is because the majority of Canadians followed the rules that were put in place, despite the fact that they were not always enforced.
In Canada, a saying we take seriously is that "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is." This can be applied to looking for shortcuts for achieving on your English assessment.
What exactly is IELTS?
If you're here, you probably already know what IELTS is but this will hopefully provide more information to help you in your immigration journey.
The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. It was established in 1989 and has a long history of being one of the foremost English assessment centers. IELTS is one of the language assessments used by the Canadian government as a measure of English proficiency which is then translated into a score that is used as part of the comprehensive ranking system for Express Entry.
IELTS has significant security measures in place to validate test taker identity and to ensure that the test centers are also safe from fraud. Tests have some sections which are computer based and test centers are regularly audited internally to ensure that they are run properly and that all security measures are in place.
Canada also has its own English language testing system, CELPIP - Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program but around the world, IELTS is the most widely available test and therefore the most widely used.
You can not enter the Express Entry Pool without an IELTS or other language testing score so this should be made a priority if you intend to immigrate to Canada.
You should always aim for the highest score but each area of immigration has its own cutoff scores. For example, for the Federal Skilled Worker program you must achieve a minimum of CLB 7. In contrast, for the Federal Skilled Trades program you must achieve a CLB 5 on listening and speaking and a CLB 4 on reading and writing.
The amount you study will vary depending on your current level of English. If English is not your first language you may need to spend time upgrading your skill prior to taking the test. If English is your first language then we still recommend studying. You should learn the format of the test and some tips and tricks for taking the test. You can watch youtube videos for great points on how to take the test.
A note to English speakers - Do not take this test for granted. It is challenging and possibly even more so for English speakers who assume that because they can speak English they don't need to study. English speakers in particular should widen their vocabulary and learn tricks on how to take this specific test.
IELTS AND COVID
Language testing is changing due to COVID-19 so you should contact your nearest center and determine if they are open and when testing will occur. In most cases you must go to a testing center where you will provide identification so that you can take the test. The test will be several hours long and will test your Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking ability.
When you receive your results, the result is valid for 2 years. If your result appears to be incorrect (You received a 1 instead of a 7 - yes this has happened) make sure that you immediately request a reevaluation.
How can you improve your IELTS score?
One of the best ways to improve your English score is to use many of the free online tools that are available. E2 Language and Fastrack IELTS are both excellent sites but a quick google search will reveal many additional excellent resources. Podcasts are also a great way to learn and finally, you can try listening to music in English. At first you may not know what is being said but over time you'll learn the words and will be singing along in English!
Practice English Groups
Join a group in person or online and practice English. Speaking out loud, even if it is to yourself is a very helpful tool for learning any language. Find anyone you can to speak with in English. Even your pet will do.
Take a Course
You can take a longer "English as a Second Language" course or a fast tracked course for people preparing for IELTS. Both are good options depending on your skill level when you begin.
Listen to Ted Talks
Ted Talks is a series of lectures that are promoted online. They cover a very wide variety of topics and are a great way to practice listening and comprehension. Find Ted Talks here.
A big part of taking the test is knowing how to take the test. Again, E2 Language and Fastrack IELTS both have a great deal of information on this topic, including words to avoid, questions that will be asked, techniques for achieving in each section of the test and more. These tricks will go a long way to overcome language weaknesses and should not be discounted. They should be used by English speakers as well.
Hopefully you find this information helpful but if you need more assistance with your Express Entry profile or would like to discuss your options for immigration to Canada you may contact us at email@example.com or book an appointment online.
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