Language Assessment

Language training facilitates the integration of immigrants into Canadian culture and society by providing basic to advanced language training classes based on themes. It includes social, cultural, and economic information. Language learners will be exposed to basic and advanced topics related to Canada and the Canadian way of life, while learning English or French at the same time. The purpose of language training is to help newcomers become participating members of Canadian society as soon as possible. Anyone wishing to join a language training class must first complete a language assessment.

LARC’s certified Canadian Language Benchmark Language Assessors through the assessment process evaluate the language learner’s  language and training needs and refer them to the appropriate LINC, CLIC, ESL, ELT, or other program providers according to the learner’s abilities, interests and needs.

LARC’s Language Assessors can administer a variety of language assessments including:

  • CLBA – Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment
  • CLBA-LL – Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment – Literacy Learners
  • CLBPA – Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Assessment
  • CLBPT – Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test
  • ELT-PA – Enhanced Language Training – Placement Assessment
  • BTC-NCLC – Batterie de tests de classement aux Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens
  • NCLC-AMA – Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens – adultes moins alphabétisés

After being assessed, language learners are provided with a report indicating the benchmarks or levels they attained in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The assessor will recommend placement in a class at the appropriate level based on these results. Classes range from beginner to advanced, as well as special literacy classes and classes in conversation.

The assessment is valid for one year and is accepted in all LINC, CLIC, ESL, and ELT programs across Canada.

English language learners who are interested in unofficially assessing their current language skills before having an official assessment can complete the Canadian Language Benchmarks Online Self-Assessment at: Canadian Language Benchmarks Online Self-Assessment.


  1. Part-time or full-time classes are available at different times day or evening.
  2. Care for newcomer children may be discussed as community-based training providers offer care for eligible newcomer children while their parents are attending classes.
  3. Transportation assistance may also be available.
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