Canadian Express Entry: IELTS Points Scores

Approximately two weeks after you take your IELTS exams, you should already be able to see your scores on the official IELTS website. The actual hard copy of the results should available for pick-up (or delivered, if you chose that option) a few days after the online availability.

As you know, you can get a maximum of 160 points in Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System. To calculate your score, Express Entry will take your score in each of the IELTS test components and assess them based on the Canadian Language Benchmark system.

Sounds complicated right? Don’t you just hate it when people make simple things sound so complicated sometimes? Fortunately for all of us, despite sounding complicated, knowing your points in Express Entry from your IELTS scores is actually pretty easy.

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IELTS Testing Day: Listening, Reading and Writing Tests

The day after we had our IELTS Speaking exam, it was time to take the Listening, Reading and Writing parts of the exam to complete our IELTS.

Like our post on the Speaking exam, both N and I will share our experiences with you in hopes of giving you guys more insight into the IELTS test.

Here’s N

I wasn’t as nervous about this part of the IELTS as I was with the speaking exam. I was never good at one-on-one interview type situations, but this, I knew I could handle. In fact, I actually felt pretty confident about it, thanks to 9.0 Niners who prepare their students pretty well. (This is not a sponsored post! :P)

The only thing that bothered me was not knowing what to expect in a bigger scale (literally, as in taking the test in a bigger “classroom”). Concerns like “What if I can’t hear the recording, since the room’s way bigger than where we had our reviews?” or “What if it’s too cold that I can’t concentrate?” kept plaguing my mind the night before the exam. What I did to remedy that was to wear a sweater, and made sure that I cleaned my ears that morning! Heehee.

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IELTS Testing Day: Speaking Test

In our last post, we talked about how to book and prepare for your IELTS test.

In this post, we’ll be sharing our experience when we took the Speaking portion of our IELTS test last July 22, 2015.

Usually, one takes all the IELTS tests on one day, but sometimes, you may get scheduled on two consecutive days. In our case, we had our speaking test a day before the listening, reading and writing tests.

N and I were scheduled hours apart, she was scheduled at 9:30 am and I was scheduled at 11:00 am, but we were both already at the (location), bright and early at 8:30 am, before they even opened the doors since you won’t be able to reschedule a test if you missed it because you were late.

A few minutes after 8:30 am, the testing center doors opened and we were led into a room where they took our pictures and kept our stuff. Take note that while waiting for your turn to take the test, you will have to surrender all of your personal materials to them, so you’ll only have yourself and your imagination to keep you busy while waiting.

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Canadian Express Entry: Language Proficiency

Now it’s time for us to talk about the part of the Express Entry application that I personally enjoyed the most. Okay, maybe I feel this way now since we were able to get pretty good scores, but I remember being nervous as hell while taking the tests since it was like being back in the high pressure environment of university. Many people get pretty nervous about taking the IELTS, but with an average level of English proficiency and with the right amount of preparation, you should be able to get a good IELTS score.

So let me share our IELTS experience, I’ll be splitting this post into two, with the first one talking about what the test is and how we prepared while the next one will be more about our experiences during the test itself.

What is IELTS?

IELTS (International English Testing System) is basically a test that measures one’s proficiency in English. It grades your skills in Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening, with each skill having a maximum score of 9.0.


There are two types of test, Academic and General. The harder Academic test is for those who are part of a regulated profession (nursing, engineering etc) and plan to continue this work abroad, while the easier general test is for… well, everyone else I guess? 🙂

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