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.
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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
An international graduate with a valid work or post graduate permit
An Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) candidate or an AIP candidate's dependants
Yes. We offer online testing services throughout of Nova Scotia.
During the pandemic, you can not meet an assessor face-to-face but you can take a computer-based version of the test from your home computer.
All. Face-to-face assessments are usually offered in Cape Breton Region, Amherst Shore, Annapolis Valley Region, Antigonish and Pictou Counties, Colchester and Hants Counties, Southwest and Yarmouth area, and Lunenburg but at the moment they are on hold due to the pandemic.
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, during the pandemic 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.
Your test results are valid for up to 12 months. (!) During the pandemic the validity of the test has been extended to 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.
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!