We help you achieve your language education goals

By helping you understand what you can do in English.

The Only CLB Testing Centre in Halifax and Across Nova Scotia

"Learn English Nova Scotia" administers a number of CLB-based tests to help you achieve your language education goals.

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Language Education Counselling

Get access to free* English language programs, courses, and training activities across Nova Scotia.

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For Test Takers

Apply for your free* assessment today and get recognized for your proof of language proficiency.
* Assessments are free for eligible immigrants only. Check our FAQ section to find out on your eligibility.

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About Us

Learn English Nova Scotia* helps you understand what you can do in English. We administer a number of official English language assessments and connect you with up-to-date information about English language classes in your area and programs available online.
* Also operating as Language Assessments Services of Nova Scotia (LASNS).
LASNS is a licensed Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) language assessment and Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) testing centre.

How we can help you:

English language tests

Take a Language Test

Do you want to know what you can do in English in listening, speaking, reading, and writing?

Taking an assessment will help you understand where your current skills are scored on the official benchmark. Apply for an assessment online and take the first step towards achieving your language education goals!

Apply for a Language Assessment
Language Education Counselling

Improve your English skills

Do you need to know more about language training, courses, counselling, and programs available to you in your town, across Nova Scotia, or online?

We're proud to partner with leading organizations across Nova Scotia to help you access the resources you need to reach your goals.

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Get proof of your English proficiency for work or school

Do you need proof of your English language proficiency for your school, employer, or Canadian nursing regulators?

Licensed as an official testing centre for CLB and CELBAN assessments, we're happy to help you acquire your credentials.

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Friendly staff and the support
you need to get started in Canada. 

Do you:

  • Want to learn or improve your English and/or French?

  • Plan to move to Canada?

  • Want to learn more about Canadian culture?

  • Need employment?

We can help. Schedule your free appointment now:

Apply for a Free* Assessment

Submit an Application

We help you achieve your language education goals

By showing you what you CAN DO in English.


FOR TEST TAKERS: Before you apply for your English language test, please read important information below.

If you are a newcomer in Nova Scotia requesting a referral to an English language program funded by the Canadian government, please fill out our online registration on this website and we will contact you via email or phone to schedule your assessment.

If you are applying for re-assessment to re-enter an English language course, please be advised that the validity of the CLBPT assessment has been extended to 2 years during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check with your school if you still need an English assessment to continue your English language studies there.

If you are applying for proof of English language proficiency for employment or other purposes, please be advised that you are still eligible for the CLBPT assessment, but we will not be able to offer you re-assessment if you are not satisfied with your results.

We do not offer English assessment for proof of your English language proficiency for immigration purposes (i.e. Permanent Residency or Canadian Citizenship), college or university admissions. Please refer to the CIC website or your college or university to learn about their language requirements.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

LENS Admin Team

Apply for Free* English Test!

* The test is free for newcomers to Canada who live in Nova Scotia.

To check your availability for free English assessment with LENS, please visit our FAQ section (Test Eligibility).

Please click on the button below to submit your online application.

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How we can help you

Tell us about your language education goals. We'll help you achieve them.

What is your level in English?
Do you want to know what you can do in English in listening, speaking, reading, and writing?
Do you need to know more about free English language classes available to you in your town and across Nova Scotia?
Do you need proof of your English language proficiency for your school or employer?
Submit an application today!

About Us

Learn English Nova Scotia (LENS) Testing and Counselling Centre, formerly known as Language Assessment Services of NS, is a licensed Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) language assessment and Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA).

We are a team of certified and experienced language assessors and language education counsellors who, using the Canadian Language Benchmarks, help you find out what you can do in English and provide up–to–date information about English language classes available in your area of residence and online.

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Assessment(s) you can take:


Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test

The Canadian Language Placement Test (CLBPT) is an assessment tool that helps assess client essential language skills - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - to place adult learners (18+) in Language Instruction for Newcomers in Canada (LINC) and English as a Second Language programs.

Take the CLBPT

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Options for taking the CLBPT

  • Onsite: a face-to-face meeting with an assessor in our office in Halifax
  • Rural: a face-to-face meeting for learners with no or little English with an assessor in their area of residence in Nova Scotia
  • Online at Home or From a Proctor Site:
    The test is taken on the computer from your home or a proctor site if you meet the online assessment requirements.
Click here to learn more about the CLBPT