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New Changes to IELTS Score

Canada To Ease IELTS Score For SDS Study Visa W.E.F. Aug 10

Last Updated On 10 June 2023, 7:58 PM EDT (Toronto Time)

As per official IDP IELTS website, Canada study visa applicants via SDS will no longer need IELTS Score (Academic) of 6 bands in each module.

Instead, only an overall score of 6 will be required in IELTS Academic starting August 10, 2023.

For example, if you have a score of 5.5 in Reading and Writing, and 6.5 in Speaking and Listening, your overall score would be 6 and you will be eligible to apply Canada study visa under Student Direct Stream (SDS).

However, IRCC will require a band score of 6.0 in each module (Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking) for IELTS Score under General Training (GT).

This information is now also mentioned in Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 157, Number 21: GOVERNMENT NOTICES as can be seen in snippet below:

New IELTS Score for SDS Study Visa

As we previously mentioned that we (INC News) reached out to IDP IELTS to confirm this information, and they responded with the information mentioned in snippet below.

So this information is now officially confirmed.

New IELTS Score Requirement For SDS

This is really good news for a lot of students who were ineligible for an SDS study visa because their IELTS Score was less than 6 only in 1 or 2 modules, but otherwise had an overall high score of more than 6 bands.

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently approved 4 new English language examinations for Canada Study Visa via Student Direct Stream (SDS).

The Pearson PTE Academic, TOEFL internet-based Test (iBT), and Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) are the new English tests that will be accepted by IRCC as evidence of English proficiency for SDS beginning August 10, 2023.

English Language TestMinimum Score Needed for SDS
IELTS AcademicOverall 6.0
IELTS General Training6.0 in each module
PTE AcademicOverall 60
CAELOverall 60
CELPIP General7.0 in each module
TOEFL iBTOverall 83
English Test Requirements – Canada Study Visa via SDS

What is IELTS Score requirement for Canada Study Visa via SDS?

It is officially confirmed now that applicants will only need overall IELTS Academic score of 6 and no longer need to score 6 bands in each module, beginning August 10, 2023.

However, applicants will need to score 6 each in IELTS General Training to apply under Student Direct Stream.

Which countries are eligible for Canada Study Visa under SDS?

1. Antigua and Barbuda
2. Brazil
3. China
4. Colombia
5. Costa Rica
6. India
7. Morocco
8. Pakistan
9. Peru
10. Philippines
11. Senegal
12. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
13. Trinidad and Tobago
14. Vietnam


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