If you’re an international student looking to study in Canada, you’re probably familiar with the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program. It’s a fast and efficient way to get your study permit application processed. But, one of the requirements has always been a bit of a roadblock for some applicants: the language proficiency test. Until recently, only two tests were accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as proof of English language proficiency. But now, the IRCC has announced that they are accepting four new tests for the SDS program, making it easier for more students to apply. In this article, we’ll go over the details of the four new tests. And, what you need to know to get ready to apply for the Student Direct Stream.
The IRCC has recently announced that they are accepting four new tests for the Student Direct Stream program. This means that more international students will be able to apply for the study visa, as they now have more options for proving their English language proficiency. More test options like PTE Academic, CELPIP General, CAEL, and TOEFL iBT allow students to show their English language skills, making it easier for them to apply for study visas. This opens up more opportunities for students to pursue their overseas education in Canada.
The IRCC has approved four new English language tests for the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program. Let’s take a closer look at each of these English Language Proficiency tests:
CELPIP is a recognized English language assessment tool for Canadian immigration, citizenship, and professional use. It offers General and LS tests, evaluating all language skills. Known for its accuracy and fairness, CELPIP provides a comprehensive evaluation of student’s English language abilities.
The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test is an English language proficiency evaluation method designed specifically for academic purposes. This Language test evaluates the English language skills of individuals who are planning to study in an English-speaking academic environment, particularly in Canadian universities and colleges.
Test of English as a Foreign Language, an Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) is a widely recognized English language proficiency test. It assesses the ability of non-native English speakers to understand and use English in an academic setting. The TOEFL iBT measures the applicant’s skills in four areas: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The test is administered online and is known for its reliability and validity in evaluating English language proficiency for academic and professional purposes.
The Pearson Test of English (PTE) is a computer-based English language proficiency test that evaluates individuals’ ability to understand and use English in an academic setting. It is widely used to assess the English language skills of those aspiring to study in English-speaking countries, including Canada. Various purposes use the PTE scores, including university admissions, visa applications, and job opportunities.
Important Note: These will be effective from August 10, 2023; students can submit language test results from these new organizations when applying for the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program. However, if you apply before this date, then in that case, IRCC will only consider the IELTS academic or general training or TEF language test results.
Study Direct Stream program requires applicants to demonstrate their English language proficiency through accepted language tests. The following are the Accepted English Language Test for SDS Program:
Prospective students need to achieve the minimum required scores on these tests to meet the language proficiency criteria for the SDS program.
The SDS program, which stands for Student Direct Stream, is an initiative by the Government of Canada to streamline the study permit application process for international students. It offers a faster and more efficient route for eligible students from certain countries to obtain a study permit for studying at designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Canada.
The Student Direct Stream (SDS) program offers many benefits for international students who are looking to study in Canada. Here are just a few of the benefits of the SDS program:
The SDS program offers faster processing times for study permit applications. Which means that students can get their study permits more quickly and start their overseas education sooner.
The SDS program has a smooth application process, which makes it easier and more efficient to apply for a study permit.
In the Canadian SDS program, applicants must provide proof of funds, but the amount required is lower than that for other study permit applications. This can help to reduce the financial burden on international students.
To be eligible for the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program, you must meet the following requirements:
You must be a resident of one of the qualifying countries to be eligible for the SDS program. These countries include China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam etc.
To be eligible for the SDS program, you must enroll in a designated learning institution (DLI) and possess an acceptance letter. The DLI should have a valid DLI number and be listed among the eligible institutions participating in the SDS program.
You must provide proof of language proficiency in either English or French. This can be done through one of the IRCC-approved language tests, including the four new tests that have recently been approved.
You must provide proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada. Students must have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) to apply for the SDS program in Canada. The amount required is lower for SDS program applicants than for other study permit applications.
It is important to note that these requirements are subject to change. And, specific criteria may vary for each country participating in the SDS program. Therefore, it is advisable to consult the official website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or contact a designated study abroad consultant for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding eligibility requirements for the SDS program.
The Student Direct Stream (SDS) program is a fast and efficient way for international students to apply for a study permit in Canada. With the recent announcement that the IRCC is accepting four new English language tests for the SDS program, it’s now easier than ever for students to apply. If you’re considering applying for the SDS program, be sure to familiarize yourself with the eligibility requirements and the application process, and don’t forget to start preparing for your language proficiency test early. With the right preparation and a little bit of luck, you could soon be on your way to studying in Canada.
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