What is a CLBPT?

The Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT) is the assessment tool we use at LCC. It is task-based, looks at the four primary language skills (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking), and assigns Canadian Language Benchmarks levels 1 – 8 for each skill.

What can the CLBPT be used for?

This test can be used to register in

  • federally or provincially funded language and job training programs that require a CLB score for entry.
  • Health Career Access program. For more details, please click here.
  • LCC does not provide tests for entry into LINC programs – candidates should contact a LINC program for details, and receive a test at a LINC test centre.

The CLBPT is NOT accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada as proof of language ability for immigration (see the CIC website for language tests you can use for citizenship applications).

The CLBPT has never been validated for English native speakers and cannot be used with this group.


**It is the test-taker’s responsibility to confirm whether the CLBPT assessment result is accepted by the program to which they wish to apply.

Getting Tested at LCC

Your CLB scores will show your ability to use English in everyday tasks. “Last minute” studying will not improve your results!

If you have already taken a CLB Placement test or LINC Placement test, please wait at least 3 months before scheduling another assessment.

In Person Tests at LCC

Test duration: 1.5-2 hours

Location: 601 – 333 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6A 4C1

Fees: $125 per assessment

You will receive the results for all 4 skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing) immediately after the test.

If you are scheduled through an employment agency or government program, the test result will also be sent directly to the employment counselor/case manager.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes early. Photo identification will be checked prior to the assessment.

If you have any questions about in-person or remote CLBPT testing, please contact us at or call 604-416-2967. The remote CLBPT assessment fee is $150.

Refund policy: No refunds will be given for no-shows or cancellations received within 48 hours of the scheduled test date. There is a $20 non-refundable service charge for all refunds.

Postponement policy: There will be a $20 non-refundable charge for postponements received less than 7 days of the scheduled test date. No postponements requests will be accepted within 24 hours of the scheduled test date.

To register for the CLBPT test, you must present a valid Canadian government-issued photo ID. Acceptable forms include: Passport with a Canadian study or work permit, Canadian Permanent Residence Card, Canadian Driver’s License, or BC Government ID Card.

**Please note, visitor status holders are not permitted to take this assessment.