Language tests

Find out when and how to get a language test as part of your registration or application to the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Completing an eligible test may improve your registration score and strengthen your application. 

Do I have to take a language test?

You must take a language test through a designated agency to apply to:

The BC PNP may request proof of English language proficiency at any time during the assessment of an application.

How do I take a language test?

Please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for complete and up-to-date information on language tests, including types of tests and designated agencies.

If you disagree with your test results, please contact the agency that issued your results to discuss your concerns.

How long are language test results valid for?

Language test results are valid for two years. 

For EEBC and SI categories, the language test must be valid throughout your BC PNP application process. It must still be valid when you apply to IRCC for permanent residence. IRCC will decline EEBC applications with expired language test results.

For the EI – Regional Pilot, you must submit a valid language test when you register. Communities may also require valid language test results as part of their process.  

For the EI – Base category, your language test must be valid when it is submitted. You may choose to submit your language test at the registration, application, or final report for nomination stage. 

What if I get a new language test?

If you have not received an invitation to apply, and you would like your registration score to reflect your new language test results, you may withdraw your existing registration and submit a new registration with your updated language test results.

Registration fees will not be refunded for EI registrants who withdraw.

You do not have to report new test results if the old results remain valid.

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For more information about language tests, please review the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide (PDF, 1MB), the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category Program Guide (PDF, 1MB), or the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot Program Guide (PDF, 1MB).

Note: This website provides a high-level overview of the program only. Please refer to the program guide for the most current and complete information. Check back often to ensure you have the latest version.