Canadian Language Benchmarks

Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) are the national standards for describing, measuring and recognizing the English language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada.​

Canadian Language Benchmarks and IELTS Score Comparison
Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) IELTS Listening IELTS Reading IELTS Writing IELTS Speaking
CLB 1 1 1 1 1
CLB 2 2 1.5 2 2
CLB 3 3.5 2.5 3 3
CLB 4 4.5 3.5 4 4
CLB 5 5 4 5 5
CLB 6 5.5 5 5.5 5.5
CLB 7 6 6 6 6
CLB 8 7.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
CLB 9 8 7 7 7
CLB 10 8.5 8 7.5 7.5
CLB 11 9 8.5 8 8
CLB 12 9 9 9 9