For Language Assessors

CLB Placement Test (CLBPT)

The Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT) is a streamlined assessment instrument that is an adaptable, efficient means to place adult learners in ESL programs. It is task-based, assesses four language skills (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking), and is aligned with the Canadian Language Benchmarks levels 1 – 8. There are four parallel versions of the CLBPT.

Currently the CLBPT is available only to assessment centres and to all government-funded adult ESL programs throughout the country which meet the CLBPT policy requirements. In some regions, additional restrictions may apply.

CLBPT licensed sites may order CLBPT test materials using the following form:

CLBPT Licensed Sites

Site licensing and assessor training

CCLB does not train individuals on the placement tests; it only provides training to approved assessor candidates for licensed sites as it is a placement tool used by licensed assessment providers for publicly funded organizations.

In order to be trained as a CLBPT assessor, CCLB must receive a request from a licensed organization for you to complete the training. If a program would like to become licensed to use the CLBPT to place students into the proper ESL level according to the Canadian Language Benchmarks, then the coordinator of the program would have to contact CCLB directly to apply to become a licensed site. If a program is eligible then CCLB can move forward with the process.

Disclaimer: The Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT) is a low-stakes assessment developed for placement into a federally or provincially funded LINC, ESL or other training program that has a language component. With a margin of error of plus or minus one benchmark, any assessment outside the scope of the tool and the license cannot be endorsed by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB). CCLB, licensed CLBPT assessment centres and certified CLBPT language assessors are not liable when results are used for purposes outside the scope of the tool.

The requirements to become a CLBPT licensed site are:

  • have the ability to administer the CLBPT test securely
  • have employed staff with the credentials and experience to become assessors
  • are a publicly funded language training program for newcomers / immigrants

Only organizations that would use the test for placement into LINC/ESL programs (or even bridging programs) would qualify to become a CLBPT site.

As part of the license agreement process, CCLB requires either:

  • A letter from the funder to warrant a site has been designated an assessment site and for what purpose. Preferably, it would be someone above the level of your project officer OR
  • A copy of a contribution agreement, showing that the statement of work includes assessment services and for what purpose.
CLBPT Assessors

For staff to become qualified assessors they need to have:

  • A recognized University degree in English, linguistics/languages or similar field
  • TESL training recognized by TESL Canada or Provincial teaching credentials
  • Taught at least 300 hours of ESL to adults (should be in Canada)
  • Knowledge of CLB demonstrated through use of and/or participation in CLB workshops

Sessions are set on an as requested basis. If a licensed site requests a training from CCLB, then CCLB will work with the site to set up a session including costs. Training is a 1 day session followed by a 3 month certification period that requires the candidate to conduct 10 real assessments and submit 3 to the trainer for certification.

Disclaimer: The Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT) is a low-stakes assessment developed for placement into a federally or provincially funded LINC, ESL or other training program that has a language component. With a margin of error of plus or minus one benchmark, any assessment outside the scope of the tool and the license cannot be endorsed by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB). CCLB, licensed CLBPT assessment centres and certified CLBPT language assessors are not liable when results are used for purposes outside the scope of the tool.

National Language Placement and Progression Guidelines

Please download the Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s new National Placement and Progression Guidelines.

 Understanding your CLBPT Assessment Report

CLB Literacy Placement Tool (LPT)

You can now get trained on using the CLB-LPT volumes online! This course is only accessible to approved users. Each user access costs $60 plus applicable taxes. Once your registration is complete, you will only have a 10 day window to complete the course.

To register please contact training@language.ca and provide us with a few details as to:

  • what your role is within your organization
  • for what purpose you will use this tool
  • what your target audience is
  • as well as your complete name and mailing address so that we can process your invoice

Workplace Language Assessment (WLA)

Workplace Language Assessment (WLA) – based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks.

The WLA provides a communicative assessment of language proficiency for internationally-educated newcomers whose first language is not English. It is designed for placement of candidates into bridge to employment programs where the national standard (CLB 7 – 10) is used to help determine eligibility.

The WLA may also be used for higher-level language training programs which have, as their focus, preparing newcomers for the Canadian workforce. In 2009, the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia supported the launch of the WLA in their respective provinces.

WLA Licensed Sites

Alberta

Bow Valley College
ESL Department North Campus Address
332 – 6 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB  T2G 4S6
Tel: 403-410-3400
Website: http://bowvalleycollege.ca/programs-and-courses/esl.html

Immigrant Language and Vocational
Assessment-Referral Centre (ILVARC)
910 -7th Avenue South West, Room 1401
Calgary, AB  T2P 3N8
Tel: (403) 262-2656
Website: http://www.immigrantservicescalgary.ca/how-can-we-help/english-language-information

Language Assessment Referral and Counseling Centre (LARCC)
10709 – 105th Street
Edmonton, AB  T5H 2X3
Tel: (780) 424-3545
Website: http://www.catholicsocialservices.ab.ca/CSSFindServicesbyCategory/ImmigrationandSettlement.aspx?id=446

Norquest College, Main Campus
10215 – 108 Street
Edmonton, AB  T5J 1L6
Tel: 780-644-5916
Website: http://www.norquest.ca/programs/esl_index.asp

British Columbia

Vancouver Community College
VCC Broadway Campus Assessment Centre
1155 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC  V5T 4V5
Tel: 604-871-7093
Website: http://assessments.vcc.ca/index.html

Camosun College, Assessment Centre
Lansdowne Campus
3100 Foul Bay Road
Victoria BC  V8P 5J2
Tel: 250–370–3597
Website: http://camosun.ca/learn/programs/esl.html

Ontario

Algonquin College, Language Institute
1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, ON  K2G 1V8
Tel: (613) 727-4723 ext. 5700
Website: http://www.algonquincollege.com/languages/index.htm

Who can use the WLA tool?

Assessors using the WLA should:     

  • have previous training and experience in use of the CLBPT and /or the CLBA, or
  • an equivalency determined by the CCLB.

WLA Assessor Training

The CCLB endeavours to offer cost-efficient training sessions to assessors in each region.

Training Requests: Training requests for WLA assessor training are handled on a case-by-case basis. The cost of training will be determined by the number of trainees attending the session, the location of the session, and the availability of a WLA regional trainer.

If you would like to get your name on the waiting list for training and to find out if your organization qualifies to become a WLA licensed site, please contact info@language.ca.

National Placement and Progression Guidelines

Please see Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s new National Placement and Progression Guidelines for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions