The Comprehensive Ranking System is a points-based tool the Canadian government uses to assess and score your permanent residence application and rank it in the Express Entry pool.
The CRS is used to assess your skills, education, language ability, work experience and other factors. It is scored out of 1,200 and applicants with the highest scores are invited to apply for PR.
The minimum CRS points requirement for an Invitation To Apply is typically at least 400, although numbers vary and there have been exceptions in these unprecedented times. You can find out yours by searching up a CRS calculator online.
So which factors affect your score the most?
Believe it or not, your language ability has the biggest impact on your CRS score, with up to 160 points on offer for that alone - so brush up your English skills and maybe pick up Canada's other lingua franca, French, as a second language.
If you're applying for a spouse too, you can earn bonus points for their English proficiency as well.
The next most important factor is your education level, which can net you up to 150 points. If you already have a bachelor's degree, consider pursuing a master's in Canada and gaining some local work experience before applying to really strengthen your profile.
Finally, age is (unfortunately not) just a number in your case. Younger candidates can steal up to 110 points, so apply quickly because once you touch 30, points will start dropping fast!