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Is PTE accepted in Canada?

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Blog Summary A detailed analysis of the PTE Academic exam's acceptance across Canadian institutions, its comparison with other English tests, and its benefits for international students.
Is PTE accepted in Canada?

English proficiency tests are considered to be a mandatory requirement for international students and migrants moving to Canada.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Pearson Test of English (PTE), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), DUOLINGO, and Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) are the language proficiency tests taken up by immigrants moving to Canada.

All these tests aim to check their English reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities. These tests become critical in cases of student visas and permanent residency visas.

While IELTS is a popular and widely accepted test score, candidates can opt for other options like PTE as well.

Pearson Test of English (PTE) is basically opted for the Australia visa process. The PTE score band is in line with the demands of the Australian immigration process. Hence, applicants applying for an Australia student visa or permanent residency visa opt for PTE as a go-to-option for their language proficiency test.

Candidates with a valid PTE score can also apply for a Canadian student visa.

However, Canada does not accept PTE scores for permanent residency visas.

TOEFL is the ideal language proficiency test when aiming for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

It is a 3-hour test that checks applicants' English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Here is a brief overview of the test structure: 


Time Limit




54-72 mins

30-40 questions

Read passages and respond to questions


41–57 minutes

28–39 questions

Answer questions about brief lectures or classroom discussions


10 minutes



17 minutes

4 Tasks

Talk about a familiar topic and discuss material you read and listened to


50 minutes

2 tasks

Read a passage, listen to a recording, type your response

PTE on the other hand is a 2-hour long test with 20 question types for the test takers. These questions can range from multiple choice to essay -type, all designed to test the applicant's English reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is PTE?
PTE (Pearson Test of English) is an English language proficiency test accepted by many educational institutions worldwide.
Do Canadian universities accept PTE scores?
While many Canadian institutions accept PTE, it's essential to check specific university requirements as some might prefer IELTS or TOEFL.
How does PTE compare to other English proficiency tests?
PTE is computer-based and focuses on real-life English usage. It's known for its fast results and comprehensive assessment of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
How long is PTE valid for Canadian university applications?
Typically, PTE scores are valid for two years from the test date.
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