By helping you understand what you can do in English.
"Learn English Nova Scotia" administers a number of CLB-based tests to help you achieve your language education goals.Learn More
Get access to free* English language programs, courses, and training activities across Nova Scotia.Learn More
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.
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
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.Learn More about Language Education and Training
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.Learn More about CLBPT and CELBAN
Want to learn or improve your English and/or French?
Plan to move to Canada?
Want to learn more about Canadian culture?
Have a specific question? Find it here or contact us for more info.
You may be eligible for a free language assessment and classes if you are one of the following:
A permanent resident of Canada or a PR applicant with a valid work permit
A protected person
A Canadian citizen born outside of Canada
An individual awaiting statutory CIC checks
A Nova Scotia nominee and their dependants
An international graduate with a valid work or post graduate permit
An Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) candidate or an AIP candidate's dependant(s)
No. The following options are available to those seeking for proof of their language skills for citizenship purposes:
LINC programs (both online and in class) issue
certificates that are accepted for this purpose.
Submit an online application form through our website.
Drop off the application by the door at our office on Quinpool. Blank application forms are available to those who do not have computers and can not submit the form online.
Yes. We offer online and in-person testing services throughout of Nova Scotia.
All. Depending on your computer and English language skills, we can offer you the option to take the test online from your home computer. If this is a challenge, we will make other arrangements for your test.
Yes but we will need to determine if you are eligible for online assessment. Our staff will ask you questions to find out if you can take the test online.
A proctor is a person who will check your immigration documents before your test and will help you to log in and log out of the website which we use for the test.
A proctor is also a person who might become a valuable source of information about local services for newcomers in your area.
We strive to keep our waiting times short; however, due to the pandemic restrictions the waiting times can be longer.
Appointments are made from Monday to Friday for the following time slots:
9:30 – 11:30 am
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Evening assessments can be offered by request. Unfortunately, we do not offer tests on the weekends.
Try to schedule your test on a day when you do not have other appointments.
Get lots of sleep the night before.
Do a relaxing activity before you come.
If you have an in-person assessment, bring yourself and your immigration documents (i.e. Canadian passport, Permanent Resident card, nominee letter, AIPP designation letter, work permit and letter proving you have applied for permanent resident status).
If you are scheduled for online assessment, please have a valid photo ID on you to prove your identity. Make sure that your Internet connection is stable and follow the assessor's guidelines.
No. Please make arrangements for somebody to look after your children while you are taking the test.
Your in-person assessment at LENS will take around 2 hours (online test - 2.5 hours). Please bring a mask to cover your face during the intake in our office on Quinpool.
First, you will have your test and a short meeting - Language Education Counselling - with your assessor who will discuss your results and what programs you are eligible for.
The test - in-person or online - consists of:
15-20 minute listening and speaking interview
30 minutes of reading (multiple choice)
30 minutes of writing (three writing tasks of different complexity)
Face-to-face Language Education Counselling will be around 10 - 15 minutes long
(An email with the assessment report and assessor's recommendations will be sent to clients who took the online test 24 hours after the test)
You can use the CLBPT results to:
find out how well you can speak, listen, read and write in English
enroll into a government-funded language course
set your personal language learning path
prove your English language skills to your employer or apply for a professional course at a college.
During the pandemic your test results are valid for up to 2 years (24 months).
Please inform us about this situation as soon as possible. We will arrange a second assessor to look at your test papers and will let you know about our decision promptly.
Taking an assessment is the first step to achieving your language education goals. Do you:
We make it easy to understand what you can do in English and help prepare you to be language ready.
Learn English Nova Scotia is a licensed testing site for the CLB and CELBAN, and can refer you to language counselling and the right programs for your goals. Get started today by applying for an assessment!