SIAST tests newcomers’ language skills

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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SIAST is now offering newcomers to Canada required language testing in Saskatchewan.

In the past, the assessment through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) had to be done elsewhere. SIAST is now offering it at its Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon and the Wascana Campus in Regina.

IELTS, designed by leading experts in English language assessment, is a standardized system that determines a candidate’s skill levels in reading, writing, listening and speaking. SIAST’s IELTS test centre, administered through its Basic Education Division, eliminates the need for candidates to go out of province for testing. 

The program is recognized by more than 6,000 organizations worldwide, including post-secondary institutions, businesses, professional organizations, immigration authorities and government agencies. IELTS test results are also recognized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

“This is the first Saskatchewan IELTS centre,” says Della Anaquod, dean of Basic Education. “This service provides newcomers with a tool to measure their English language proficiency and help them further their studies in post-secondary education or transition into the workforce.” 

IELTS preparation courses are also being offered to candidates who wish to improve their English language proficiency skills. Candidates can their reading, writing, listening, and speaking before writing the IELTS test.

 

Organizations: International English Language Testing System, Basic Education Division, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Geographic location: Canada, Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Regina

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