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English Test Options For Jan 2021 for Studying in Canada

  • 10 Jun 2020
  • Gepsi

In the midst of pandemic as the fall 2020 semester is coming near, international students across the globe are preparing to apply for studying in Canada.

Every Canadian DLI (Designated Learning Institution) has its own admission policies. DLIs are basically universities, colleges, and institutes that are allowed to welcome international students by the government.

So, before deciding upon which language tests to prepare for, you must check with the DLIs to which you are applying.

Let’s get down to some of the language testing options that are accepted widely by the Canadian DLIs.


CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) test is accepted by around 180 Canadian colleges and universities, including 82 percent of the English-speaking colleges and all the English-speaking universities. It is operated by Paragon Testing Enterprise and the test results are available within 8 working days.

Cambridge Assessment English

CAE’s C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency tests are accepted by around 200 schools which include nearly all the public universities. The results of the test are available within 2-3 weeks for computer-based exams and 4-6 weeks for paper-based exams.

Duolingo English Test

The Duolingo English Test is accepted by over 140 post-secondary institutions in Canada. The test can be completed in just an hour and the results are available in just 2 days.

IELTS Academic

The IELTS Academic test is operated by three partners namely the British Council, IDP Education, and Cambridge Assessment English. This test is accepted widely by over 400 universities and colleges in Canada. The results for the paper-based test are available after 13 days and for computer-based test, the results are available within 5-7 days.

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

PTE (Pearson Test of English) is accepted by almost 90 percent of Canadian universities and colleges. The test results are mostly available within just 2 days.


The TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) is widely accepted by over 400 Canadian universities and colleges which includes 100 percent of Canadian universities. The test results are usually available within 6 days.

Other Test Options

There are certain other test options available for international students. For instance, certain universities and institutes like McGill University and the University of Toronto offer their own tests. So, if your DLI has some separate test of its own, you could choose to go for it. Also, make sure that your DLI will accept the online test that is offered currently due to on-going pandemic.

IELTS General and CELPIP for Canadian Immigration

Many international students currently might be willing to apply for Post-Graduation Work Permit and then apply for Canadian PR. For such candidates, before submitting your application, you need to take another English language test. The two tests that are accepted by the IRCC are the CELPIP and the IELTS General.

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