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LARC Resources

How to Book Your Language Assessment Online

What You Need to Know

Language Assessment What You Need to Know 

We created a guide to explain to you what happens when you have a language assessment. It will also tell you what you have to do before your assessment and what happens after you have been assessed.

What to Bring to Your Assessment

What to Bring to Your In-person Assessment:

1) Proof of Ontario residency (bank statement, hydro/water/gas bill, lease)
2) Please consult
this document to see which additional documents to bring based on your immigration status.

What Are the Rules for the Remote Assessment 

  1. You need to be in a private and quiet room for at least 2.5 hours with no one else in the room withyou – No exceptions!

  2. Your cellphone must be placed far away from you.

  3. The webcam must be turned on and point to you at all times during the test.

  4. You cannot leave the room during the test under any circumstances. If you leave, the assessor willstop the test and you will have to be re-scheduled.

  5. No one can interrupt or help you during the test.

  6. Note-taking is not allowed, you do not need to have a pen and paper near you.

  7. You cannot use your laptop/computer to google words to help you during the test. While there is noset limit for the Listening and Speaking test, you only have 30 minutes each for the Reading and theWriting tests so using up your time to google something will not help you.


Rules for the Remote Assessment
how to book your language assessment

How to Book Your Language Assessment Online

  • Step one: Prepare your immigration document to upload. You can see some examples of the accepted immigration documents here.

  • Step two: Complete the registration form by clicking on “register” button and choosing in-person or online assessment. Once you submit the form, you will receive a confirmation Email from us.

  • Step Three: Our staff will contact you within one business day

Directory of Language Programs

The directory is divided into four geographical areas: Central, East, West and South. Many learners prefer a location that is close to their home. If a learner lives in the South end of the city, consult the South section for a program that suits the learner’s needs. Special programs such as IELTS or Computer classes are not offered in all four areas. If a learner would like to attend one of the more specialized programs, he/she may have to travel farther. 

The Directory Includes

  • Map to Y Language Assessment and Referral Centre 

  • List of all schools grouped by their geographical zones 

  • Name and address of each program 

  • Telephone and fax number 

  • Programs offered: Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), Enhanced Language Training (ELT), Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT), English as a Second Language (ESL), French as a Second Language (FSL) 

  • Course schedules: Full-time, Part-time, Morning, Afternoon, Evening or Saturday 

  • Childcare services 


​To  access the complete directory, please click here

Language Programs in the Ottawa Region


Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to book an appointment?

Yes. An appointment for language assessment must be scheduled in advance. Call 613-238-5462 or email our office at to make an appointment. 

What does a language assessment cost?

There is no cost for an assessment for those who meet the eligibility criteria of the program.

What do I bring to my language assessment?

You must bring:

  • original immigration documents with you at the time of your language assessment - see here for a list of which documents you should bring.

  • proof of your Ontario address (such as a bill, bank statement or government document)

How do I prepare for my language assessment?

You are not required to study in advance for your language assessment; it is a tool to evaluate your current language level in English or French.

How long does the assessment take?

English/French assessments may take up to 4 hours to complete depending on the client’s level. The duration for an advanced client is up to 4 hours, and for a beginner client, the duration is approximately one hour or less.

Is childcare available during the assessment?

No. There is a designated area for children, but a parent or guardian must supervise them at all times.

What happens during my language assessment?

During the assessment, a certified language assessor will determine your Canadian Language Benchmark in each of the 4 skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will also determine the most appropriate class level to help you find the language training option that best suits your needs.

When do I get my results?

You will receive the results from your language assessment immediately after completing the language assessment. The results will describe your level in each skill (reading, writing, listening and speaking), as well as include information about the language class you have chosen.

Where do I go for English or French language training?

We will refer you to the appropriate language training program based on your language assessment. We offer information on local language classes and referrals to government-funded language programs.

Is the Language Assessment Report issued by the Language Assessment and Referral Centre (LARC) valid for Canadian citizenship application?

No. for further information, please visit.


I don’t speak French or English? Do I still need to get assessed to take French or English classes?

Yes, you still need to do the language assessment even if you are a true beginner and have no language background in French or English. The same applies to advanced learners.

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