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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the Y’s Language Assessment and Referral Centre and how we can help!

  • Do I need to book an appointment?
    Yes. An appointment for language assessment must be scheduled in advance. Request an appointment for an assessment or contact one of our centres.
  • What does a language assessment cost?
    There is no cost for an assessment for those who meet the eligibility criteria of the program.
  • What do I bring to my language assessment?
    You must bring: Original immigration documents with you at the time of your language assessment. Proof of your Ontario address (such as a bill, bank statement or government document).
  • How do I prepare for my language assessment?
    You are not required to study in advance for your language assessment; it is a tool to evaluate your current language level in English or French.
  • How long does the assessment take?
    English/French assessments may take up to 4 hours to complete depending on the client’s level. The duration for an advanced client is up to 4 hours, and for a beginner client, the duration is approximately one hour or less.
  • Is child care available during the assessment?
    No. There is a designated area for children, but a parent or guardian must supervise them at all times.
  • What happens during my language assessment?
    During the assessment, a certified language assessor will determine your Canadian Language Benchmark in each of the 4 skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will also determine the most appropriate class level to help you find the language training option that best suits your needs.
  • When do I get my results?
    You will receive the results from your language assessment immediately after completing the language assessment. The results will describe your level in each skill (reading, writing, listening and speaking), as well as include information about the language class you have chosen.
  • Where do I go for English or French language training?
    We will refer you to the appropriate language training program based on your language assessment. We offer information on local language classes and referrals to government-funded language programs.
  • Is the Language Assessment Report issued by the Language Assessment and Referral Centre valid for Canadian citizenship application?
    No. for further information, please see the Immigration and Citizenship section of the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks website.
  • I don’t speak French or English? Do I still need to get assessed to take French or English classes?
    Yes, you still need to do the language assessment even if you are a true beginner and have no language background in French or English. The same applies to advanced learners.
  • Does the Y Language Assessment and Referral Centre offer online assessments?
    Yes, online assessments can be arranged upon request and availability. Please contact us to see to book your online assessment.
  • Are Gatineau/Quebec residents eligible for free language Assessment at the Y’s Language Assessment and Referral Centre?
    Unfortunately not. Only Ontario residents with a valid proof of address are eligible for a free language assessment.
  • I had my CLB assessment done in a different province. Do I need to book an appointment for a new assessment?
    You may not need to do a new assessment. Please contact us to learn more.
  • What Are the Rules for the Remote Assessment?
    You will need to be in a private and quiet room for at least 2.5 hours with no one else in the room with you – no exceptions! Your cell phone must be placed far away from you. The webcam must be turned on and pointed towards you at all times during the test. You cannot leave the room during the test under any circumstances. If you leave, the assessor will stop the test and you will have to be rescheduled. No one can interrupt or help you during the test. Note-taking is not allowed, you do not need to have a pen and paper near you. You cannot use your laptop/computer to google words to help you during the test. While there is no set limit for the Listening and Speaking test, you only have 30 minutes each for the Reading and the Writing tests, so using up your time to google something will not help you.
  • Where can I get more information about the language assessment process?
    You can find more information in the resource section of this website, including a Language Assessment Information Guide.
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