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February 3, 2015

Milestones

Milestones is a high-stakes assessment of English proficiency developed by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). 

During the fall, final listening pilots were held in Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, with language learners from various types of programs, including LINC, Enhanced Language Training (ELT), bridging programs, and occupation-specific and academic programs at several universities and colleges. As a result, over 2,160 ESL learners, representing a wide range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, all at the targeted benchmarks, participated in the piloting of the newly developed content. Scoring and validation of content is now in process, and based on the findings from the validation, final versions of the listening forms will be developed. Reading, writing and speaking forms are also in the final stages of development.

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