Language helps us communicate. Without a common language, it is difficult to live or work together. In Canada, those two languages are English and French, with English being the most used in Peel Region, the City of Toronto and York Region and Simcoe County.
But how do we know how well we can communicate? For example, some jobs will require better English skills than others. Employers may even require that you take a test to prove how well you can read, write, speak, and/or listen in English. It helps to have a common way to measure your English language skills.
That is what Canadian Language Benchmarks can do.
Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) is a scale that measures English language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Most English language classes in Canada use CLB levels to test learners on their current skills. CLB levels are also used to develop English classes so that the courses are right for each learner’s current level.
The CLB benchmarks range from Level 1 to 12, with Level 1 being the lowest on the scale. The benchmarks are also organized in stages. Stage I includes Levels 1-4, Stage II includes Levels 5-8, and Stage II includes Levels 9-12.
CLB is not used to measure English vocabulary or grammar.
Many English classes including those funded by the Government of Canada require you to take a test at an Assessment Centre to find out your current CLB level. This will help you as well as your teachers as you learn English. This test is free to Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants) and Convention Refugees.
You may also test yourself with a simple checklist. Please keep in mind that this test is for your information only, and is not an official CLB test.
To see what your level might be click here You will see a checklist of the four skills listed with examples of the tasks that might be done at each level. This is a very quick way to get an idea of your benchmark level. For a full assessment, you will need to find an Assessment Centre in your community.
Once you have completed a language test at an Assessment Centre and you are eligible, you can enrol in one of the many English classes available to newcomers and immigrants.
Read more about Canadian Language Benchmarks here.