Canada | Study Abroad – English language test options for admission into Canadian Institutions for fall intake 2020

English language tests are used to assess students’ language skills.


Each approved Canadian learning institution (DLI) sets its own admissions policies. DLIs are colleges, universities, and other educational institutes that the government allows international students to take in.


DLIs evaluate requirements such as transcripts from an applicant, educational history, Statement of Purpose, and academic as well as Professional Letter of Recommendations apart from the Language test.


Before deciding on which language test to take, it is crucial that you check with the DLIs you apply to.


Language testers have had to scale back their activities due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to comply with government lockdown orders across the world.


Language test options widely accepted by DLI’s of Canada.


Canadian Academic English Language

It is operated by Paragon Testing Enterprises. It will once again be available in India by early apart from The UAE, The Philippines and in most of Canada.

This test is accepted by more than 180 institutions in Canada including Colleges, Universities, All English speaking Universities and most of English speaking colleges across Canada.

Results of this test are available within 8 days

Registration fee- CAD 195

Rescheduling an exam date fee- $60.00.


Cambridge Assessment English (CAE)

Over 200 schools in Canada including nearly all public Universities.

Results for Computer Based test and Paper-based tests are available in 2-3 weeks and 4-6 weeks respectively.

C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency have life validity. Some institutes in Canada accept results that older than two years.

Registration fee- Rs 6,000


Duo lingo English Test

Duration of this test is 1 hour.

Get the test results in 2 days.

The test is conducted online anywhere and any time

The fee of test: $49, relatively cheaper compared with other tests.

More than 140 institutes Accept this test.



IELTS Academic

Three Partners IDP Education, The British Council and Cambridge Assessment English operate this test.

400 + colleges and universities accept these test scores.

Results are available in 13 days and 5-7 days for paper-based and computer-based tests respectively.

Registration fee- Rs 13,250


Recently IELTS- Indicator has been introduced by these three partners in response to Corona Pandemic as a temporary measure to help the foreign students finish their language test online. It can be taken from the Student’s home. It’s an indicative exam


Residents of India, the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Pakistan, Morocco, and Senegal may obtain their study permit processed within 20 calendar days under IRCC's Student Direct Stream (SDS), provided they meet certain requirements, including obtaining a score of at least 6.0 on each IELTS ability (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).


Pearson Test of English (PTE)

PTE accepted by 90 per cent of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

Availability of the test results within 2 days for most of the people

Registration fee- Rs 13,300

During the coronavirus period, Pearson also offers its Versant test online so international students can get their English tested at home. Results of the Versant test are available immediately after completion of the test.


The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

More than 400 Universities and Colleges of Canada including all Universities accept TOEFL.

Results can be achieved within 6 days

Registration fee in India – USD 180


Other options

Foreign students can have other options also. For example, Individual Universities such as the University of Toronto and McGill University conduct their own tests. 



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