Is the PTE Exam valid for a Canadian Study Visa

General question asked by many – Is the PTE Exam valid for a Canadian Study Visa? And the answer to this is Yes, PTE (Pearson Test of English) is Now Accepted for Study in Canada.

Is the PTE Exam valid for a Canadian Study Visa


Pearson Test of English (PTE) is a computer-based test undertaken by students who wish to study abroad unlike IELTS. Earlier, the PTE scores were recognized by the universities of UK, US and Australia only but nowadays, PTE scores are also accepted by major colleges and universities In Canada as well. Canada is increasingly becoming one of the world’s most popular destinations for education. Canada plays host to more than 1,80,000 International students in any given year.

PTE Academic has partnered for a Pilot program with seven institutes in Canada under SPP programs for the student visa. Please find below guideline for making an application for the SPP programs with a PTE Academic score.

Partnering Institutions in Canada under SPP program

  • Centennial College.
  • Humber College.
  • Seneca College.
  • George Brown.
  • St.Lawrence College.
  • Langara College.
  • Fanshawe College.

Benefits of Canada Student Visa

  • International education experience
  • Study + work (20 hours per week)
  • After study job search visa
  • After study easy to get Permanent residency of Canada

Guidelines to be followed while making the application to IRCC –

Apart from meeting all the other SPP program guidelines, applications will conform to the following requirements for IRCC Delhi.

for Indian Nationals only:

  • – Only online application will be accepted;
  • – Applications must be received by IRCC
  • – Letter of Admission from participating colleges must clearly state “SPP/PTE” in the header for us to include the applications for this trial and track their progress.
  • – Copy of PTE A results, which will be verified online.
  • – Online Assignment of PTE Academic scores to IRCC India and associated PTE Registration ID to be mentioned on the application.
  • – Minimum acceptable PTE A Scores: Overall Score of Not less than 50 and Not less than 42 in any of the 4 Communicative Skills (Listening; Reading; Speaking & Writing)

Reasons for CANADIAN Visa Rejection –

  • The gap in Education – This is one of the major reasons for many of the visas are getting rejected.
  • Bad Grades or Low Grades You might get an admission in any college of Canada. Sometimes they offer you admission to their college but when it comes to visa, the embassy thinks that you are not an eligible person to getting to Canada and studying in Canada. So they might reject your application.
    3. Brand sliding For example, you have done under-graduation under civil mechanical and you have opted for some IT course in higher education. The university gives you admission based on your profile and your academic scores but when it comes to visa, you have to explain why you are sliding from one branch to another. Until and unless you provide the strong reason, you have very poor chances to get your student visa.
    4. Submitting your GIC – GIC certificate is something which you deposit 1,000 Canadian dollars in Scotia Bank. Without GIC you can apply for your visa but you will be having some less chances. If you don’t submit your GIC but you apply for your Canadian student visa.
    5. If you haven’t submitted your CAQ, student visa might get rejected.
    6. Your documents should be very genuine.
    7. Facing Interview – There are very rare cases when you face an interview.

List of Colleges and Universities

Below is the list of Canadian institutes:

Alberta –

Alberta College of Art and Design
Athabasca University
Bow Valley College
Concordia University
College of Alberta
Lakeland College
Lethbridge College
MacEwan University
Medicine Hat College
Mount Royal University
NAIT Polytechnic Olds College
Red Deer College
SAIT Polytechnic
The King’s University College
University of Alberta
University of Calgary
University of Lethbridge

British Columbia-

Acsenda School of Management
Alexander College
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Capilano University
College of the Rockies
Coquitlam College
Douglas College
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Fairleigh Dickinson University (Vancouver)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Langara College
North Island College
Royal Roads University
Simon Fraser University
Sprott-Shaw Community College
The College of New Caledonia
Thompson Rivers University
University Canada West
University of British Columbia
University of the Fraser Valley
University of Victoria
Vancouver Film School
Vancouver Island University


Assiniboine Community College
Brandon University
Canadian Mennonite University
Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT)
Providence College
Providence Seminary
University of Manitoba
University of Winnipeg

New Brunswick-

Mount Allison University
New Brunswick Community College
System University of New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador-

Memorial University

Nova Scotia-

Acadia University
Cape Breton University
Dalhousie University
Nova Scotia Community College System
Saint Mary’s University
St Francis Xavier University


Algoma University
Algonquin College
BLYTH Education Group
Brock University
Cambrian College
Canadian Aesthetic Academy
Canadian Beauty College
Canadore College
Carleton University
Centennial College
Conestoga College
Confederation College
Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology
Fanshawe College
Fleming College
George Brown College
Georgian College
Hillfield Strathallan College
Humber College
Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Lambton College
Laurentian University
London School of Business and Finance
Toronto Loyalist College
McMaster University
Michener Institute
Mohawk College
Niagara College
Nipissing University
Northern College
OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design)
Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology
Pures College of Technology
Queen’s University
Ryerson University
Sault College
Seneca College
Sheridan College
St. Clair College
St. Lawrence College
Trent University
University of Guelph
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
University of Ottawa
University of Waterloo
University of Windsor
Western University
Wilfrid Laurier University
York University

Prince Edward Island-

University of Prince Edward Island


Bishop’s University
Concordia University
Quebec LaSalle College
McGill University


St Thomas More College
St. Peters College
University of Regina
University of Saskatchewan

Important Note – Most of the Canada universities accept PTE Academic but it is always advised to take confirmation from the university/ universities in which you are planning to study before enrolling yourself for coaching and booking the PTE Academic test.

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  • Bhavik

    I got a refusal because of PTE-A Score
    My overall score is 58 with not less then 56 in each
    My agent send a xerox copy of my score and I got refusal.
    Sugfest me to cope up with this problem.

  • Gurmukh Singh

    I got 56 allover in PTE and not less than 54 in each module, can i apply fot st. Clair College, windsor (Canada).

  • arun

    i have a 65 overall in pte and i am confused that will i get a study visa or not for Canada and also will i get a post study work permit after my studies?
    please help me with this

  • Jashanpreet

    I have done my graduation in B.Sc computer science stream with 52% marks and i got 56 score in PTE A. Am i eligible for study in canada.

  • Prakash

    Hi. I scored a 90 in the PTE test. However, when I checked the English language requirements for a Master’s degree in the Simon Fraser University, I see that the college website has listed only TOEFL and IELTS as valid exams for meeting the English language requirements. In this page, you have listed Simon Fraser University as one of the colleges accepting PTE scores. Can you please check and let me know if this information is correct?