Determine your proficiency level in English by taking our free Online English Test.

The appropriate uses for the self-assessment tool should be considered by all users of the instrument. The following are appropriate uses for the self-assessment tool:

1. Providing adult learners of English with:

  • A general indication of English language proficiency in terms of the CLB to assist them in setting personal, academic, and employment goals
  • Information about the CLB and how they are used in Canada
  • Information about how to find language training in Canada
  • Information about what language proficiency levels are required in Canada for immigration, post secondary studies and professional programs

2. Assisting counsellors and helping professionals in identifying a client’s general level of English language proficiency to:

  • Serve as a component in needs assessment
  • Facilitate referral to appropriate language assessments

3. Assisting instructors and trainers of adult learners of English in identifying general levels of language proficiency to:

  • Facilitate referrals of learners to appropriate language assessments
  • Support learners in setting realistic goals for further language training, and for meeting academic and professional goals.

    Understanding your Canadian Language Benchmarks PIacement Test (CLBPT) Assessment Report

    What is the Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT)?

    The CLBPT uses the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) to assess how well you use English. Your CLBPT assessment report gives your CLB levels for listening, speaking, reading and writing.

    What are the Benchmarks?

    The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) is a 12-level (benchmark) system used to describe listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The CLBPT measures your ability to use English within the first 8 benchmarks, CLB 1 to 8.


    The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)  are used in Canada to teach and test language learning for adults. It is important for you to understand the CLB if you plan to go to English class, travel, look for work or study at a college or university.


    Many adult ESL programs in Canada use the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Students and teachers use CLB to understand what English is needed for daily life in Canada.


    The CLB does not list grammar or vocabulary. It lists tasks for everyday, real English use. A task is something you can do in English. Two examples: phone a company about a job; talk to a neighbor about building a new fence.


    The benchmarks are organized in 3 stages and 12 levels. The benchmarks describe tasks that people can do in listening, speaking, reading and writing.


    What do my CLBPT Results Mean?

    The chart below describes your CLBPT results. Look at the column on the left to find your benchmark, and then look under the skill (listening, speaking, reading, or writing) to understand what your benchmark level means. Your scores might be different for each skill; this is normal. Some people are stronger at listening or speaking and others are stronger at reading or writing.

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    Before you begin...

    Once you begin each test you will be given 60 minutes to complete all of the sections. When you have completed the test, the computer will generate an approximate benchmark range which will appear on your screen. Please keep in mind that this result is unofficial. These results are for your information only and will not be shared with any other parties.

    Use this checklist to help you get ready for the tests.

    Make sure you are in a quiet space

    You have a headset ready for the listening test

    Give yourself enough time to complete the whole test because you cannot pause it

    Make sure you print or make the CLB-OSA Note Sheet for the listening test

    Answer the questions without assistance from friends or family

    Do not use a dictionary of any kind

    Complete the entire test for best results

    If you are not sure of an answer, make your best guess

    Make sure your computer is compatible with all our Technical Requirements