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How to use the CRS Tool

How to use the CRS Tool

Express entry

The Canadian Express Entry scheme uses a points based system. What this essentially means is that points are awarded according to set criteria such as age, education, English proficiency etc. This makes the process transparent and easy to comprehend. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) tool will help you calculate your CRS score based on the answers you provide. You can access the tool by clicking HERE.

If you are single or applying alone, it is straight forward and easy to use. You just select the appropriate answers to each question. As you may not have taken the ielts exam (or you have and want to check what your score will be with higher marks), you can select the highest possible marks for each of the 4 sections. This will give you an idea of your best possible overall score.

If you are married, you would need to play around a bit more with the tool. There will have to be a principal applicant for your family and the spouse and/or kids will be the dependants. To select who the principal applicant would be, you would need to test and find what possible combination will give the better score. It is pertinent to remember at this point that the higher the CRS (i,e overall) score, the better the chance. What you would have to do is to enter the husband’s details first which would show the score if he were to be the principal applicant. Then you refresh the tool and enter in the wife’s details first and check the score if she were to be the principal applicant. The combination which gives the higher score will determine for your family unit who the principal applicant for the process should be.

The below impact on your overall score:

  • Age – younger ages (40 and below) usually receive more points. Once above 40, the points awarded for the age section are not as high.
  • Educational qualification – Usually, the more degrees the better. As expected, a Masters degree holder will get more points than a Bachelor’s degree holder. One with a Phd will receive more points than a Masters degree holder etc. Educational qualification from Canada gives more points.
  • Work Experience – more points are awarded for 3 years and above of work experience outside of Canada. Work experience within Canada gives more points.
  • English or Proficiency – the higher the English score, the better the overall score. The most popular English proficiency exam is IELTS. I will share tips on how to ace the exam in a subsequent post.
  • Valid job offer  – points are awarded if you have a job offer within Canada. To avail the points for this, you would need the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) which will be provided by your prospective employer.
  • Nomination from a province – this is also known as a provincial nomination. Provinces within Canada usually release a list of occupations in demand for that province. If you apply for Provincial Nomination and receive it, you gain 600 points for express entry.
  • Sibling in Canada – the sibling has to be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and you would need to show proof of relationship.

After calculating and estimating your overall score with the tool, you can then view all draw scores that have been announced for Express Entry. This will give you an idea of where you stand and what chance you have depending based on your score. Click HERE to view all scores so far.

NB: Do not create a profile after testing out the tool until you are ready to begin the process.


Happy playing around with the tool!

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  1. Antimi
    February 24, 2018 at 3:10 am

    I found this tool very useful . I’ll can definitely refer it to others who really want to make life easy ☺️

    • Jahdal
      April 30, 2018 at 11:10 pm

      Thanks alot!

  2. Spunky
    July 17, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Thanks a lot. This piece is particularly very enlightening for me as i am about to begin the express entry process. I have been doing a lot of reading online which got me a little confused. i need this process mehn and wish i can get referals on agencies that assist with this process.

    • Jahdal
      July 19, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks for your comment Spunky.
      I honestly believe we all can do it ourselves which is why i’m sharing how to.
      For agencies i’m not really sure but there are quite a number who process Canadian immigration. A good place to start the search for an agency will be on Instagram.
      Let me know if I can help with any other thing! 🙂

  3. Anthonia Egbe
    October 29, 2018 at 9:53 am

    I stumbled on yourblog and i have read every article. You are amazing. Thank you for sharing such helpful information.

    • Jahdal
      October 31, 2018 at 11:45 am

      Thank you for stopping by! Please let us know if you would like more information on anything Canada related.

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