The Second Language Evaluation test (SLE)  helps departments and agencies in the Federal public service staff bilingual positions.  Any department in the public service can use the SLE,  especially positions and that ensure the effective functioning of the Government of Canada

The second language evaluation test has 3 components :

  • Oral
  • Written
  • Reading Comprehension

Oral Assessment

The oral assessment is administered remotely MS Teams conferencing.   You can take this component at home, however you must be along and in a quiet and undisturbed environment.

The test is 20 to 40 minutes including instructions before the test.

How to take an oral exam

Listening practice

Written Expression – Level A

Very limited Ability

Expression is limited writing isolated words, simple statements or questions on familiar topics

Written Expression – Level B

Ability limited to work related topics

Able to write short passages that are descriptive or factual

Written Expression – Level C

Ability to write on a variety of topics needing few corrections

Able to write explanations or descriptions in informal and formal work-related topics

Retaking the test

There is a 30-day waiting period to re-take the test.   If you take the test before the end of the 30-day period the results will be void, and you must wait a further 30 days before taking the test again.

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Date Published: Monday, November 28th, 2022
Date Modified: Monday, December 4th, 2023