Before you take English classes in Durham Region, you need to take an English language test.

This test is offered through an organization called Achēv.

The certified Canadian Language Benchmark assessors will evaluate your English skills to find out your English proficiency level. The assessment is valid for one year from the date of assessment and is accepted in all LINC/ELT/ESL programs in Ontario. 

To book a language Assessment contact Achēv Language Assessment Services:

  • Complete a web request form at or,
  • Call 1-855-330-8655 and leave a detailed message.

Language Assessments are available at four locations in Durham:

Welcome Centre Immigrant Services Pickering (beside the GO Train Station)
1400 Bayly Street, Unit 1
Pickering, ON L1W 3R2

Welcome Centre Immigrant Services Ajax
458 Fairall Street
Ajax, ON

Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre
272 King Street East
Oshawa, ON

Whitby Catholic Continuing Education Centre
1003 Giffard Street
Whitby, ON

Test results

The Centre will assess your language level. It will then refer you to the best class for you. Your test results are good for one year.

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