IELTS Band Score Requirement for Study in Canada

IELTS Band Score requirement for Study in Canada

Canada is well known for its world-class education infrastructure. Being the home to a large number of world-renowned colleges and universities such as the universities of Toronto, McGill University, University of British-Columbia and many more, the country provides a very welcoming and helping atmosphere to the overseas students. That is the reason, why the students of more than 185 countries choose Canada as their first destination for higher studies.

As per the survey reports, Canada is one of the most livable country in the world. Every year more than three lac students get themselves enrolled in various courses of Canadian Universities and colleges. Their industry-oriented courses well supported by highly qualified faculty ensure lucrative post-study work permit. As a consequence, the students from across the world dream to enroll there and plan to get PR. In order to be part of high-quality life in this multi-cultural affluent country, it is essential to provide proof of English proficiency for those whose first language is not English. IELTS is a test of English proficiency designed by Cambridge and the two-agency authorized to conduct this test are IDP and the British council. The students are required to get the desired band score before applying to any of the colleges or universities of Canada.

The students are judge on the basis of the bands they get in four different modules namely

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Listening
  4. Speaking                                                                                            

The average of all 4 modules is considered as the overall score. This band score indicates the level of proficiency. The band of each module is from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 9.

Below is a list of band score and what they indicate

While deciding over the study permit, the Canadian authority has its own parameter as per the Canadian language benchmark (CLB). The minimum CLB for processing visa application level is 7 which mean an overall score of 6.0 bands in IELTS with not less than 5.5 in all four modules. Whereas for enrolling in an educational institution, the minimum overall band score is 6.5 in which a student is expected to score a minimum 6.0 band each in all four modules.  

The band score may vary from course to course and from university to university, therefore a prospective student is advised to clearly decide the education program and university before embarking on this journey, it would give a fair idea of the minimum IELTS band required. A student is also advised to check the minimum requirement of the chose course because some course required a higher band in reading while some may require a higher band is listening.

Here is a list of score that CLB considers vis-a-vis the IELTS score band.


Why IELTS score matters:

Canada is English speaking country with quality education and a towering educational program that needs the proficiency of this language as a prerequisite to grasping the essence of their courses and ensuring communicational ease. Here are a few of the reason that makes IELTS so much popular among overseas students.

Worldwide acceptance – This test score is accepted worldwide in more than 10,000 institutions. These universities and colleges accept IELTS band score as proof of proficiency in the English language which further guarantees effective communication with native speakers.

Recognized by IRCC– IELTS score is accepted and recognized by the department of Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for considering various proposals of immigration, Refugee and citizenship. The Canadian language benchmark (CLB) recognize and measure this test for prospective immigrants.

A high IELTS score ensures admission in Top universities—the importance of a high IELTS score is visible in the minimum eligibility requirement of the top universities of Canada. All the top universities, appearing in the ranking list of Times higher education and QS, required a minimum of 6.5 band overall for an undergraduate course and a 7.0 band score for a postgraduate course.

For your reference, here is a list of some of the top universities of Canada and their IELTS band requirement in the year 2020.

UniversityOverall BandListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
McGill University6.
Ryerson University6.
University of Toronto6.
York University6.
Lakehead University6.
University of Northern British-Columbia6.
University of Victoria6.

If you have a dream to make Canada your next destination of study and want to make yourself a part of this flourishing society, scoring desired IELTS bands is a prerequisite and Cosmo IELTS School may guide and support you to achieve high bands in your IELTS test. With a state-of-art infrastructure and a highly qualified team of experts, we help hundreds of students every year in their IELTS preparation and study visa approval. For more information, you may log on to or may call us on the following numbers 9876291190, 9792000004.

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