What is a CLB and why do I need it?

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What is a CLB?

CLB means Canadian Language Benchmarks. It is a system used to describe and measure the English language ability of adult immigrants.

The Canadian Language Benchmarks has three stages and 12 levels. Each level describes tasks that people can do in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. CLB 1 to 4 describes people who are new to English. The higher levels show greater English skills.

In Canada, CLB is used to help adults learn and test their language skills. If you want to go to English class, find work, or study, you should get your CLB.

Understanding the Canadian Language Benchmarks, IRCC.

Why use CLB?

Many adult ESL programs in Canada use the CLB. It helps students and teachers understand what English is needed for daily life in Canada. It doesn’t list grammar or vocabulary. Instead, it lists tasks for everyday English use.

CLB is easier to use than other benchmarks. It tells you what you can do with English. This is useful for teachers and trainers. You can also use it to plan what you want to learn.

How can you get your CLB?

There are a few different ways:

  1. Use the CLB Calculator if you have IELTS General, CELPIP-General or TEF score to see your score.
  2. Go to a testing centre.
    Find the nearest centre and call them. Ask for an appointment to take a CLB test. They can give you a referral form for an English program or class. The test is free.

  3. Do a self-assessment at CLB-OSA.
    The online test takes 60 minutes. It will give you an approximate score range. The result is not official.

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