Thinking about studying in Canada? We've got some great news to share about changes in IELTS Academic score requirements for the Canada Student Direct Stream (SDS) visa.
The immigration body in Canada, the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada), made these changes on 10 August 2023.
Read all about it below and find out why IELTS is the best choice for applying to study in Canada.
You no longer need a minimum score for each skill to apply for SDS
Before 10 August you had to achieve a band score of 6 in each of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) to apply to the Canada Student Direct Stream.
Now, you only need to focus on achieving an overall band score of 6 in your IELTS Academic test. This makes it easier to prepare for the test and means you have more flexibility to achieve your goal.
Use your results for up to two years
You can use your IELTS Academic score for up to two years from the date you sat the test. This means you can use a test score from before 10 August to apply to SDS after the changes went live.
IELTS is the most trusted test in Canada
IELTS has been accepted in the study permit program since the beginning and is the most widely accepted test by Canadian universities, employers, and immigration authorities.
A choice of how you take your test
To apply to the Canada SDS, you can take IELTS Academic on paper or on computer in a test centre. Whether you prefer to handwrite your answers on paper or type your answers on a computer, the choice is yours.
Multiple test locations and test dates
Find a test centre and a date and time that fits with your plans. We have over 4,000 test centre locations in over 140 countries around the world, with plenty of test dates and times available.
A wide range of IELTS preparation support
We’re here to help you get the result you deserve, which is why we provide a wide range of preparation materials to support you. From sample papers and practice tests to apps and webinars, we have everything you need to succeed.
Remember, we're here to support your journey every step of the way. So, study hard, aim high, and get ready to start your Canadian adventure!
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