English Language Proficiency

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BCFSA recognizes that strong language skills are essential for real estate professionals. In B.C., all new licence applicants must demonstrate their English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening by taking the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program General (CELPIP-General) test.

Proficiency Level

To qualify to write the real estate licensing examination, students must achieve a Level 7 or higher on each of the four components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) of the CELPIP-General test.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The CELPIP-General Test is valid for three years from the date the test was taken. If it has been more than three years since you took the CELPIP-General Test, you will need to take it again. 

  • Unless you hold a bachelor degree or higher from an accredited university, college, or technical institution where English is the primary language of instruction, you will need to take the CELPIP-General test. 

  • Unless you hold a bachelor degree or higher from an accredited university, college, or technical institution where English is the primary language of instruction, you will need to take the CELPIP-General test. 

  • Yes. Unless you hold a bachelor degree or higher from an accredited university, college, or technical institution where English is the primary language of instruction, you will be required to take the CELPIP-General test. 

  • No. Unless you hold a bachelor degree or higher from an accredited university, college, or technical institution where English is the primary language of instruction, you will be required to take the CELPIP-General test. 

  • No. You must achieve a level 7 or higher on each component of the CELPIP-General test in one sitting. If you do not achieve a level 7 or higher on each of the four components (reading, writing, speaking, listening), you must re-take the entire test.