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How to improve CRS scores

How to improve CRS scores

Canada has resumed all-program Express Entry draws as of July 6. Since then, the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued in each draw has grown by 250 each week. In this blog, we will talk about how to improve your CRS scores to enter Express Entry successfully

An overview of Express Entry and prediction for the next draw has been mentioned in our previous blog. The most recent Express Entry draw required candidates to have at least a score of 533. In order to get a score this high, candidates would need to be relatively young, highly educated with work experience, and perhaps even bilingual in order to get an ITA.

To improve the CRS score you need to understand how the system works, CRA mean Comprehensive Ranking System. If you’ve submitted your Express Entry profile and your CRS score is lower than you’d like, you have options for improving your score. 

1. Ways to increase your CRS score

Retake your language test

If you haven’t maximized your approved language test scores, then this option could be the key to you getting a competitive CRS score.Did you know that language ability is worth up to 260 CRS points in total for a single candidate, or up to 270 points for a couple? Not only is language ability the most valued human capital factor under the Comprehensive Ranking System, but it is also a factor where incremental gains can make a huge difference.

Getting a CLB 9 in each ability triggers a jump in points under the skills transferability factors (the exact jump depends on your levels of education and work experience). Skill transferability factors can result in a maximum of 100 points, so be sure you get as many of these points as you can

To reach CLB 9 on the IELTS General Training exam, you have to achieve the following minimum scores:

  • Listening: 8.0
  • Speaking 7.0
  • Reading: 7.0
  • Writing: 7.0

To reach CLB 9 on the CELPIP general exam, you must achieve a minimum score of 9 in each of the four abilities.

Gain more work experience

If you are working outside Canada but have less than three years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) experience, keep working! As long as you indicate that your employment is ongoing on your Express Entry profile, your CRS score will automatically update when you reach a new threshold of your work experience

Complete another educational program

This is definitely a long-term strategy for improving your CRS score. Regardless, gaining more education can result in a much higher CRS score. Not only do you receive CRS points for your level of education, education is an important component of the skill transferability factors section of the CRS.

You can study another program with Canadian Colleges that partner with Admission Hub. You can gain a maximum of 100 points through the skill transferability factors section. In terms of education, to maximize your skill transferability points, you must complete the following level of education:

Two or more post-secondary credentials, and at least one must have been for a program of three years or longer.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you can complete another one-year program, and this will likely make you eligible for higher points under skill transferability factors. Although it does require completing an educational program, this might be a worthwhile investment if you have your heart set on immigrating to Canada.

2. Ways to increase your CRS score

There are a few areas of the CRS score where you may not have claimed all of the points you can get. And every point counts! Take a look at this list and make sure that you’ve claimed all the factors that apply to your situation.

Sibling in Canada: Do you, or your spouse/common-law partner, have a brother or sister living in Canada as a citizen or permanent resident? This relationship can be through blood, adoption, marriage, or common-law partnership. If so, just prove the relationship and watch your CRS score increase by 15 points.


This tip is aimed particularly at Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) candidates. Unlike Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) candidates, CEC and FSTC candidates do not have to provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) or Canadian credential upon entry to the pool. It might mean that you are leaving up to 200 CRS points on the table, unclaimed. Education is worth 150 points in its own right, and up to 50 more in combination with Canadian work experience and/or language ability.

As well, on your Express Entry profile, you should mention all eligible education you’ve completed. You did a one-year diploma eight years ago that wasn’t related to your current job? It doesn’t matter, you should still claim this on your Express Entry profile and obtain an ECA for the credential (unless it was completed in Canada). Express Entry awards points for education regardless of the area of study and whether or not it relates to your current work.

Second Language

You can claim points for both English and French under the CRS. If you are capable in both languages, make sure that you take an approved language test in both English and French to ensure that you’re getting as many points as possible

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