Study Abroad: Canada Simplifies IELTS Requirements for Study Permit Applicants, Focuses on Overall Band Score

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IRCC made changes to IELTS score requirements. Applicable from August on the SDS Permit for study in Canada.

As per, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), IELTS test takers are not required to achieve minimum scores as per guidelines. Student Direct Stream (SDS) programme will now require only an overall 6 band score. The reform will be effective from 10 August. 


Students applying through SDS can now solely focus on individual band scores. It is a pathway for students willing to study in Canada. The visa offers faster processing time for students. 

Study Abroad: Canada Simplifies IELTS Requirements for Study Permit Applicants, Focuses on Overall Band Score

Over three million students take tests every year. IELTS is accepted worldwide. A positive shift towards test takers to focus on their scores.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an exam conducted to evaluate the English speaking, listening, writing and reading efficiency of students who are willing to study abroad.

All these sections will be mandatory to attempt by the test takers. Furthermore, individuals must have at least a 6 band score on the exam.

Views of Experts on the SDS Program 

Experts say it will be easier for students to take the SDS programme. IELTS has the biggest network of test centres. Students will have the option of paper-based tests in more than 150 venues across over 80 cities in India. 

Additionally, the aim is to encourage students to pursue education in Canada. Moreover, to take advantage of the new English test requirements under the SDS permit. 

Moreover, it is more of an inclusive and holistic approach to evaluating students’ language proficiency. And support individuals in their pursuit of higher education in Canada. 

Individuals who are preparing for IELTS must familiarize themselves with the examination pattern. Also, individuals must make sure to first register and secure a seat for the exam.

These changes will provide a greater opportunity for talented students worldwide to pursue their study abroad dreams. The SDS program is an effortless pathway for individuals studying in Canada.

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