To achieve their social, economic, and academic goals, newcomers to Canada may need to prove their proficiency in English for a variety of reasons:
- For entry into settlement language programs
- For entry into academic and trades programs
- For professional registration
- For Canadian citizenship
Standardized English language assessments are used to assess English language proficiency for official purposes to meet government or institutional requirements. Although a variety of standardized assessments are available to newcomers, only specific assessments may be used depending on the context.