This article is all about taking the IELTS test in Saskatoon.
We’re here to guide you through:
- What the IELTS is
- How it can help with a Canadian immigration application
- Practical information on taking the test
- Studying for the exam with GlobalExam
Discover everything that we know all about the IELTS exam, where to take the test in Saskatoon, and how to get ready thanks to GlobalExam!
What is the IELTS?
The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an exam designed to test a person’s proficiency in the English language. Jointly administered by Cambridge ESOL, the British Council and the IDP, the exam aims to equip speakers seeking to live, work or study in English-speaking countries with an official certification of their language abilities.
There are two versions of the test: the IELTS Academic, aimed at students; and the IELTS General Training, aimed more generally towards immigrants. Both tests assess a person’s language skills across reading, writing, speaking, listening, however the IELTS Academic uses topics that are more suitable for university-level students.
How do I register?
In Canada, registration for the IELTS goes through the IDP (“International Development Program”). You can register for the test online, on the IDP website.
The IDP registration platform is easy to use. You’ll be asked to specify your country, city, and test type, then the platform will show you the available examination centers and their next test sessions.
Once you’ve chosen your test session, you will be prompted to create an account on the IDP website. At this point, you will have to download an application form to print, complete and submit to your chosen examination center. Your registration is complete once you have paid the online registration fee.
Why should I take the IELTS?
The IELTS is recognized by over 10,000 organizations all over the world as a reliable certification of a person’s English language abilities. Such a certificate can be extremely useful when it comes to university and job applications.
Furthermore, if you’re considering immigrating to Canada as an economic migrant with proficiency in English, you will be required to provide an IELTS test score.
Two of the most popular immigration pathways are:
- The Express Entry program
- Provincial Nominee Programs
Canada has two official languages – English and French – and the immigration and citizenship processes require proficiency in at least one. For English speakers, the IELTS General Training is the only international test accepted by the Canadian government.
Immigrating through Express Entry
Express Entry is a system used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for processing applications to Canada’s immigration programs for skilled workers. It is a competitive pathway to immigration, whereby candidates are ranked according to criteria such as education, age, and language proficiency. The best candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent resident status.
To gain access to the Express Entry pool, all candidates (including native speakers) must demonstrate their proficiency in either French or English.
Where to take the IELTS Saskatoon
In Canada, the IELTS is administered by the IDP. In some Canadian cities, you can sit the IELTS directly at an IDP center, otherwise, you can find another examination center offering the test independently. Wherever you take your test, any version of the IELTS comes approved by the IDP.
Here is a list of cities where you can sit for the IELTS test in Canada:
- IELTS in Vancouver
- IELTS in Toronto
- IELTS in Calgary
- IELTS in Edmonton
- IELTS in Montreal
- IELTS in Winnipeg
- IELTS in Ottawa
- IELTS in Victoria
- IELTS in Halifax
There is currently only one examination center where you can sit the IELTS Saskatoon. We’ve noted the address and contact information below:
Address: Saskatoon Campus, 1030 Idylwyld Drive, N, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7L 4J7
Contact: [email protected]
How much does the test cost?
The IELTS costs approximately $300 CAD in Canada. The registration fee can vary depending on the examination center, according to the province it is located in.
This is because different Canadian provinces charge a different amount of tax. Taxes in Saskatchewan are higher than in Ontario, for example, so the IELTS Saskatoon is likely to cost around $315 CAD, whereas in Ottawa, it’s around $339 CAD.
The IELTS Exam Fee Scholarship
The IELTS has announced a scholarship to cover the cost of the registration fee for selected candidates. To be considered, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Less than 32 years old
- High School grades of at least 75%
- Undergraduate degree with a minimum of 3.0 GPA
- Family incomes of less than $250 USD
- First time sitting the IELTS
- Teacher recommendation
If you meet the criteria for the scholarship, you can submit an application directly on the IELTS website. Please note that you will be required to upload supporting documents to confirm your eligibility.
What are the Canadian language requirements?
If you’re taking the IELTS with immigration to Canada in mind, you will have to achieve a certain score to prove that you have the required level of proficiency in English. The Canadian government measures proficiency according to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). The CLB is a scale that measures your language ability across 12 benchmarks, from basic to advanced.
If you’re applying through the Federal Skilled Worker Program of Express Entry, for example, you will need to achieve at least a CLB Level 7 across reading, writing, listening and speaking. If you’re applying for Canadian citizenship, you will need to prove English proficiency at CLB Level 4 in speaking and Level 4.5 in listening.
The CLB and the IELTS scores are not the same but they are comparable. To calculate how your IELTS score corresponds to the CLB, you can use an online calculator.
Preparing for the test with GlobalExam
So, now you know all about the IELTS, maybe you’re wondering where exactly GlobalExam comes in?
We’ve created a sophisticated e-learning platform that is specifically designed to help you prepare for and pass rigorous international language exams, just like the IELTS.
You can access a selection of our learning materials with a free account, but a Premium subscription gives you full access to all our revision materials, training exercises and mock exams.
To take your revision plan to the next level, we advise using our handy Study Plan feature. With this tool, you can set your own learning objective and we’ll organize your study plan into manageable chunks to help you get there.
Dip into Listening exercises, for example, and we’ll mark your progress until you come back.
The IELTS is essential for living and working in Canada. If the test is in your sights, it’s time to get studying!