IELTS for Canada Immigration Federal Express Entry

 IELTS for Canada Immigration – Federal Express Entry


The desired score for the Federal Express Entry ( popularly known as the FEE program)  is 8,7,7,7 ( L, R, W, S). Often,  this score is called the magic score as this is equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmark 9 (CLB 9

The IELTS test is basically an exam that tests a candidate’s ability to speak,  read, write and listen to the English language,  which means that the candidates should be fluent and comfortable while using the language in a foreign country where English is the main medium for communication.
Depending on the purpose ( to study abroad or to work and immigrate),  there are two variants in the test-IELTS academic, which is an official requirement mainly for students who wish to pursue their higher education overseas,  and the IELTS general training test, which is meant for the purpose of working and staying in a native English speaking country, such as Canada,  Australia, The USA, etc. This test is graded on a scale of band scores ranging from a zero to a maximum of a nine.
There are four modules on the test – Listening,  Reading,  Writing, and Speaking. Each of these modules differ in their pattern of testing and hence,  the pattern of preparation should also be unique and module-specific. However,  the similar point among them is that all of them are individually graded on a nine band scale.  Here,  we propose to highlight the significant preparatory steps and set guidelines on how to manage the time and how to work on the modules for an overall score of 8.0 or higher.


Note that the overall band score is calculated by first giving the scores module-wise and later taking the mean value of all the four of them. A detailed analysis of the scoring pattern and the interpretation of the IELTS scores is available at



The desired score for the Federal Express Entry ( popularly known as the FEE program)  is 8,7,7,7 ( L, R, W, S). Often,  this score is called the magic score as this is equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmark 9 (CLB 9) that surely is an added factor and the game changing factor in the the immigration process.

IELTS Listening test :


The people who are planning to immigrate should have a minimum score of 8.0 in the listening test.  Though the listening test is the same for both the academic and the general training tests, the emphasis for a higher listening score is there for the general test takers. The candidates must understand that there is something called a ‘raw score to band score conversion’ which tells us how many answers should be correct inorder to get a score of 8.0 .


  Band Score.    Score
        9.0              39-40
        8.5.             37-38
        8.0.             35-36
        7.5.             32-34
        7.0.             30-31


The essential skills for this module are the ability to listen and grasp various English accents, such as the American accent,  Mexican accent, British accent, etc. and also the ease with which the answer can be predicted. The preparation time would vary from person to person, but the average time would be around two hours every day.

IELTS Reading test :


The general belief among most of the general training test takers is that the IELTS reading module is very challenging and hence, they have to work hard for it.  That’s a myth.  Infact, it’s the opposite.  As compared with the academic reading, the general reading is much easier, as the passages are shorter and are mostly based on day to day scenarios that would be encountered in an English speaking country.  However, getting a high score is a challenge, as the raw score to band conversion is pretty specific.  Here is a brief overview.


Band score.        Score/40
       9.0.                   40
       8.5.                   39
       8.0.                37-38
       7.5.                   36
       7.0.                34-35


Hence,  it can be understood that in order to satisfy the express entry immigration requirement,  the candidates have to score a minimum of 34 correct answers. Ideally,  doing 2 full reading tests is necessary to get a score of 8.0 or higher.  The important techniques for reading are skimming, which involves the reading of the paragraph and marking the keywords, and writing short notes in and around the paragraph, amd scanning which aims at going through each sentence carefully and getting the right answers. Watch the detailed descriptive videos on YouTube on Worldofenglishexams to get a clear understanding of each and every question type along with practice material. Also,  solve all the question papers of the Cambridge series 1-13.

IELTS Writing module :


The writing module is an attempt to assess a test taker’s ability to write  a letter and an essay. There are three types of letters – formal, semi-formal and informal/ personal letter. One of these letter questions will be given. The quick tip to score an 8.0 band is the capability to identify the type of letter as and when you see it. Next is the way of salutation and addressing.


For example,  for formal letters,  the starting salutation would be Dear Sir/Madam, and the ending salutation is yours faithfully followed by writing your full name with proper punctuations. Also note that you must address the letter fully using active and passive vocabulary and paraphrase as much as you can avoiding repetitive words and phrases.  Do not stick to regular conclusions like ‘ Looking forward to hearing from you’. Try to identify the context and conclude appropriately. Never leave any bullet point unfinished.


  Do not extend the paragraphs beyond what is required. Maintain the correct length and make sure that the word count exceeds 150 words.  With regards to the essay, be aware of the various types of essays and their formats.  Understand when to state your opinion and where to avoid.


Write a proper and precise thesis statement and give as much substantial evidence as possible.  The more clear your justification is, the more you score.  Avoid narrative tone ( it ahould not appear as if you are telling a story). Stick to the thumb rule – one idea in one body paragraph with an example to support your view.


Write a minimum of 250 words. For a person with basic to intermediate skills,  one month of preparation would be sufficient to get their desired score.  Also,  opt for expert evaluation ,especially for this module,  as a trainer can point out the areas in which you can improve.  Such services are provided by . Learn and group new vocabulary in the right context and avoid memorising long lists of vocabulary. This is very important for a high score in the lexical resource factor.


Check out the BAND DESCRIPTORS FOR IELTS WRITING on google and understand them thoroughly. If you decide to attemple the computer delivered IELTS,  practice typing as much as possible and as accurately as you can.  Look for sample answers just to know the pattern of answering. Do not memorize the responses.

IELTS Speaking module :


The speaking module is the same for both the IELTS academic and the IELTS general training test.  It will be conducted for a total of 11- 14 minutes on a separate test date and not along with the other 3 modules.  The candidate will be tested on a variety of topics ranging from childhood memories to the current trends.  The top rule for achieving a better score in this module is avoiding hesitation and bold speaking.


Practice speaking on a wide variety of topics. Use the sound recording feature in your smartphones to record your responses so as to self-correct your hesitation levels and improve your grammatical and vocabulary range. Alternatively,  you can register for online speaking test with so that you can get expert evaluation on your speaking.  The test is divided into three sections.


The first section is called an introduction and interview, where questions would be asked from two topics for 4-5 minutes after verifying your credentials.


The second part would be an individual longturn, where a candidate has to speak continuously on a topic for two minutes after preparing for a minute. You will be given a CUE card with a topic and four hints for the same.


The third and the final section is an analytical discussion on the same topic that is given in part two, with a much more generalised view. Regular practice for 15-20 days focussing on various topics is sufficient to get a score of 8.0 in the speaking test.


Please note that irrespective of whether it is the paper based test or the computer delivered test,  the speaking test is with a real examiner and there is no virtual interface.  An important point is to use idioms and collocations which are topic specific and less common.


There is credit for this in the IELTS exam.  It can clealy be seen on the BAND DESCRIPTORS FOR IELTS SPEAKING  that a score of 7.0 or higher in the speaking module is awarded to those candidates who show the flexibility and precision in the use of appropriate vocabulary, idioms, collocations and tenses along with the proper pronunciation of the words. Learn new vocabulary and practice making sentences om everyday topics using the words learnt.


Hope this YouTube channel WORLD OF ENGLISH EXAMS helps in your preparation.  Do follow these tips and strategies for a very high score!  All the best!

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