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Canadian Express Entry: IELTS Points Scores


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Approximately two weeks after you take your IELTS exams, you should already be able to see your scores on the official IELTS website. The actual hard copy of the results should available for pick-up (or delivered, if you chose that option) a few days after the online availability.

As you know, you can get a maximum of 160 points in Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System. To calculate your score, Express Entry will take your score in each of the IELTS test components and assess them based on the Canadian Language Benchmark system.

Sounds complicated right? Don’t you just hate it when people make simple things sound so complicated sometimes? Fortunately for all of us, despite sounding complicated, knowing your points in Express Entry from your IELTS scores is actually pretty easy.

It all starts with getting your CLB level.

From the picture above, you can see that you don’t really need to get a perfect 9.0 in each of the abilities to get a CLB level of 10. However, there is also a floor grade for each component that you should be wary about, since getting a score lower than the floor grade for one component, even if you score well in the others will make you ineligible to apply.

After getting your CLB level, you will then take your CLB level in each ability and get its equivalent point total for your Express Entry profile.

CLB to Express Entry

CLB to Express Entry (wiffe).JPG

You should now know how many points you will get for Language Proficiency in Express Entry.


Let’s use our actual IELTS results as an example, here are our scores:

IELTS Scores PrincipalIELTS Scores Dependent.jpg

Looking again at the CLB conversion picture above, we can see that I got a CLB level of 10 on all aspects except for writing, where I got a CLB level of 9, due to my 7.0 score.

N would also get the same set of CLB levels, but her CLB level 9 would have come from the listening component where she scored an 8.0.

Now, we calculate the point equivalent of our CLB level scores for Express Entry.

V: 32 points each for Listening, Reading and Speaking (CLB level 10) = 96 points

     29 points for Writing (CLB level 9) = 29 points

N: 5 points each for Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing (CLB level 9 and above for spouses) = 20 points

Total Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System Language Proficiency Score = 145 / 160

Here’s a shot of our Express Entry profile showing our scores.

CIC Points

There you have it. If you’re currently reviewing right now for the IELTS and have just taken some sample / mock tests, we suggest that you calculate your Express Entry points based on your scores on the tests to gauge if you will already get the number of points you need.

Next up, we’ll take a look at how to compute for your Express Entry points given your WES assessment. If there’s anything you want to ask, feel free to leave a comment on our blog and we’ll get back to you as soon as I can! Alternatively, we’ve also set up a Twitter account @tropics2rockies, so we can also talk there. 🙂


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