PTE Academic for the Student Direct Stream (SDS) in Canada will be accepted. This clearance comes in the wake of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) validation of PTE Core earlier this year as evidence of English language competency for Canadian citizenship or permanent residency.
Exams taken prior to August 10 will be accepted for SDS as long as they are submitted after this date and within the IRCC-specified expiry window.
Students from Brazil, Antigua and Barbuda, China, Costa Rica, Colombia, India, Pakistan, Morocco, Peru, Senegal, Philippines, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vietnam and Trinidad and Tobago can apply for an expedited study permit under the SDS programme.
Canada is a famous country for students to study since it has top-notch universities, stunning landscapes, and vibrant nightlife. Andy Bird, CEO of Pearson is thrilled that Pearson can now assist even more test takers in realising their dream of attending that university with the PTE Academic now recognised for SDS purposes.
In addition, he said that this recognition follows closely on the heels of PTE Core's approval for economic migration purposes in Canada and reflects their determination to make PTE the test of choice for those who want to study, work or live abroad.
Prior to the PTE's adoption, the IRCC only recognised the CELPIP and IELTS General Training as valid indicators of candidates' English language abilities.
PTE Academic is already accepted by the governments of the UK, Australia, and New Zealand for all visa applications. Numerous colleges in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, and the USA also recognise PTE Academic.
According to the most recent IRCC data for 2022, Canada's international student population reached an all-time high. By the end of October 2022, IRCC had completed processing more than 750,300 study permit applications.
The applicant for the study permit must be a legitimate resident of one of the nations listed above to qualify for priority processing under the SDS.
Additionally, when submitting their study permit application, candidates must include the following supporting documentation:
A letter of acceptance from a postsecondary designated learning institution that meets the requirements of section 211.1 of the IRPR as proof that the tuition for the first year of study has been paid to the postsecondary designated learning institution mentioned in (1)
A medical examination in accordance with section 29 of the IRPR
A police certificate
Current secondary or postsecondary education transcripts
The results of a language test, as per these instructions
A Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) from the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Integration is also required of applicants planning to study in Quebec.
scores that are equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmarks score of at least 7 for each of the four language abilities—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—in order to be eligible for the SDS ELTS General, CELPIP General, TEF Canada, and TCF Canada.
Results from the academic language test from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) TOEFL iBT Test (minimum score of 83), with results from each of the four language abilities (speak, listen, read, and write); or Results from the IELTS Academic (minimum score of 6), CAEL (minimum score of 60), Pearson PTE Academic (minimum score of 60), TEF - 5 épreuves (minimum score of 400), and TCF - tout public (minimum score of 400)
Scores from the TOEFL iBT Academic Test from Educational Testing Service (ETS) with scores for each of the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) (minimum score of 83).
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Source: The Economic Times