We help you achieve your language education goals

By helping you understand what you can do in English.

The Only CLB Testing Centre in Halifax and Across Nova Scotia

"Learn English Nova Scotia" administers a number of CLB-based tests to help you achieve your language education goals.

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Language Education Counselling

Get access to free* English language programs, courses, and training activities across Nova Scotia.

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For Test Takers

Apply for your free* assessment today and get recognized for your proof of language proficiency.
* Assessments are free for eligible immigrants only. Check our FAQ section to find out on your eligibility.

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About Us

Learn English Nova Scotia* helps you understand what you can do in English. We administer a number of official English language assessments and connect you with up-to-date information about English language classes in your area and programs available online.
* Also operating as Language Assessments Services of Nova Scotia (LASNS).
LASNS is a licensed Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) language assessment and Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) testing centre.

How we can help you:

English language tests

Take a Language Test

Do you want to know what you can do in English in listening, speaking, reading, and writing?

Taking an assessment will help you understand where your current skills are scored on the official benchmark. Apply for an assessment online and take the first step towards achieving your language education goals!

Apply for a Language Assessment
Language Education Counselling

Improve your English skills

Do you need to know more about language training, courses, counselling, and programs available to you in your town, across Nova Scotia, or online?

We're proud to partner with leading organizations across Nova Scotia to help you access the resources you need to reach your goals.

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CLBPT AND CELBAN

Get proof of your English proficiency for work or school

Do you need proof of your English language proficiency for your school, employer, or Canadian nursing regulators?

Licensed as an official testing centre for CLB and CELBAN assessments, we're happy to help you acquire your credentials.

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Friendly staff and the support
you need to get started in Canada. 

Do you:

  • Want to learn or improve your English and/or French?

  • Plan to move to Canada?

  • Want to learn more about Canadian culture?

  • Need employment?

We can help. Schedule your free appointment now:

Apply for a Free* Assessment

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Also operating as: Language Assessment Services of NS

Assessments You Can Take

Learn English Nova Scotia administers the CLBPT and CELBAN tests to help you achieve your language learning goals.

NEW! Remote English Assessment

If you live in rural Nova Scotia, you have an option to take your English Test online with the help of trained proctors in your area of residence. Submit your application for the CLBPT and let us know your preferences.

If you are interested in becoming a proctor for remote assessments and have a proctor site which meets all the criteria, please read about the project here.

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Have a language assessment and find out the best path for you!
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* Assessments are free for eligible immigrants only. Check our FAQ section to find out on your eligibility.

Why take an assessment?

Taking an assessment is the first step to achieving your language education goals. Do you:

Want to know what you can do in English in listening, speaking, reading, and writing?
Need to know more about language training available to you in your town and across Nova Scotia?
Need proof of your English language proficiency for your school or your employer?

We make it easy to understand what you can do in English and help prepare you to be language ready.

Learn English Nova Scotia is a licensed testing site for the CLB and CELBAN. Please see below for more details on each assessment, and which is right for you.

Assessments you can take:
CLBPT

Why take the CLBPT?

The Canadian Language Benchmarks or CLBs are used in Canada to teach and test language learning for adults. It is important for you to understand the CLBs if you plan to go to English class, train, look for work or study at a college or university.

Who is the CLBPT for?

Designed for adult learners (18+), the CLB placement test is an appropriate resource to inform clients about their personal language learning needs and for goal-setting. We use the results to place you in programs such as the Language Instruction for Newcomers in Canada (LINC) and English as a Second Language (ESL).

You may be eligible for a free language assessment and classes if you are one of the following:

  • A permanent resident of Canada
  • A protected person
  • A Canadian citizen born outside of Canada
  • An individual awaiting statutory CIC checks
  • A Nova Scotia nominee
  • A PR applicant with a valid work permit
  • An international graduate with a valid work and graduate permit

How to get started?

You will need to make sure that you have two hours of your time available to do the test. There are three options for taking the test:

3 Options for taking the CLBPT

  • Onsite - a face-to-face meeting with an assessor in our office in Halifax
  • Rural - a face-to-face meeting with an assessor in your area
  • Online - the test is taken at a proctor site in your area

Please apply today and we'll be happy to accommodate you with the most convenient option.

Click here to submit your application.

Assessments you can take:
CELBAN

Who is CELBAN for?

If you completed your nursing education in another country and you speak English as a second language, you will want to take the CELBAN assessment for licensure to practice in Canada. The test employs familiar scenarios that nurses would encounter in nursing practice to assess candidates' skills in real and relevant contexts. CELBAN will evaluate your proficiency level in all four skill areas (speaking, listening, writing and reading).

You can take CELBAN if:

  • You would like to be registered by a provincial regulatory body. (Check with the regulator in your province for exact language and registration requirements.)
  • You were previously educated as a registered nurse in another country.
  • A Canadian citizen born outside of Canada
  • You have a native language other than English.

How to get started?

Click here to visit the CELBAN website