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Canadian Academic English Language 2021

By Paragon Testing Enterprises (private subsidiary of The University of British Columbia), Vancouver (Canada)

Exam Mode

Online

Application Process

Online/Offline

Exam Level

International

Overview
  • Paragon Testing Enterprises, a subsidiary of The University of British Columbia (UBC), was created in 2009 to commercialize the university’s English language proficiency tests.
  • Paragon’s mission is to make its English language proficiency tests the tests of choice for those wishing to immigrate to Canada, become Canadian citizens, or study in Canada at all levels. 
  • Paragon administers the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Test, although it focuses on the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) Test and the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) Test as well.
  • CAEL CE is one of the best tools for identifying students with the right English skills for academic success.
  • It provides an authentic representation of language use in a Canadian academic context.
  • This feature differentiates CAEL from other language proficiency tests like International English Language Test System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which test global language proficiency.
  • The assessment exam can be taken as an alternative to TOEFL or IELTS, unless a university specifies the submission of CAEL scores during admission process. 
  • Test takers read articles, listen to a lecture, answer questions, and write a short essay, as they would be expected to do in a Canadian university or college classroom.
  • Candidates willing to pursue higher studies in Canada after 10+2 secondary education, CAEL Assessment will be an essential part of their application to full-time degree studies in Canadian universities.
  • CAEL scores are accepted for university admission at most Canadian and some U.S. universities.

Exam Highlights

Exam Level     

International

Medium of Instruction

English

Accepting Countries

2 countries namely Canada and part of USA

Exam Duration

3 hours 30 minutes

Speaking: 7-10 minutes

Integrated Reading: 35-50 minutes

Integrated Listening: 25-35 minutes

Academic Unit A: 60-70 minutes

Academic Unit B: 40-45 minutes

Exam Mode

Online

Type of Questions

  • Descriptive Questions
  • Verbal Questions

Exam Frequency

Monthly (1-5 times on any Friday, Saturday or Sunday)

Official Website

https://www.cael.ca/

 

Application Details
  • Candidates willing to appear for CAEL will have to register themselves, for which any one of the following methods may be adopted:
    • Online (Recommended)
    • By Mail
      • Download the CAEL CE Registration Form.
      • Complete and submit the CAEL CE Registration From by mail.
    • In Person at the CAEL CE office in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Please note that CAEL CE Test Centres do not process any registrations.
  • All registrations must be completed through the CAEL CE office by one of the methods listed above.
  • Test registration closes 2 to 3 days before the scheduled test date.
  • It is recommended that test takers register well in advance, because test centres have limited capacity and registration requests are processed in the order in which they are received.
  • Before starting the registration process, candidates have to make sure to have the following ready:
    • original, valid photo identification
    • a list of institutions that candidate would like to send their scores to (optional)
    • a credit card (Visa®, MasterCard® or American Express®) to make the registration fee payment
  • If test takers have provided all the required information and the exam authority has received the payment, registration request will be processed within 3 business days.
  • Test takers will then receive a Test Confirmation Email.
  • They must review this email, print it out, and bring it with them on test day.

Fee Structure and Payment

  • The fee for CAEL CE in Canada is CAD $280.00 + tax, which may vary.
  • If candidates do not have a credit card for online payment, the exam authority recommends prepaid credit cards such as MasterCard® Prepaid Cardsor Visa® Gift Cards that test takers can purchase at several stores across Canada. Full payment must be made with one card only.
  • They can also purchase RBC Visa® Gift Cardsat any RBC Royal Bank branch in Canada.
  • The exam authority does not accept personal cheques.
  • If test takers are paying by money order, payment must be made in Canadian dollars (CAD$) and made payable to “Paragon Testing Enterprises Inc.“.
  • The name of the person taking the test or ordering study materials must be on the front of the money order.
  • The exam authority does not accept Visa® Debit as payment.
  • If paying by credit card, test takers’ statement will show this transaction as “Paragon Testing Ent.”, they must ensure that anyone who reviews the statement is aware of the transaction.
Analysis

Professionals in English proficiency belonging to Edunews have observed the question paper of CAEL, conducted multiple times in a month; get it vetted thoroughly in the light of the pattern, questions / tasks and the time. The professionals offer the comments mainly to instill confidence in the minds of the test takers so that they can face the test without any fear.

Speaking: Test takers come across three tasks under Speaking as specified in the pattern. Two tasks are based on short questions and one on a graph / diagram / chart. The test takers have to understand the questions raised under each task and speak effectively to convince not only examiner but also other examinees of the group.

Integrated Reading: Candidates find as many as six passages; some of them are based on literature and others based on fiction. Each passage raised posers with multiple choice answers. Candidates have to spend time on each passage as per the time given for the purpose, comprehend in toto and answer the questions diligently.

Integrated Listening: Candidates observe questions which have been raised based on passages and conversations. Under each of them, posers have come up followed by the answers. The test takers have to spend time on both of them, comprehend systematically and answer the question without chaos.

Academic Unit A: Candidates come across reading and listening passages under which they find 11-15 questions each. They have to develop answers in descriptive manner by way of essay which can fulfill the ingredients of the standard and quality set for a good essay.

Academic Unit B: Test takers come across reading and listening passages with comprehension questions, under which they have to answer 11-15 questions each. They also have to develop short responses based on long reading and long listening passages. This is in the form of précis writing; therefore candidates have to take extra care while maintaining quality and standards.

The experts feel that the level of the question paper is normally moderate for the candidates who have prepared themselves on a regular basis with a specific objective.

 

Dates
  • Registration for a test sitting will close either one business day before the test or once the sitting has reached maximum capacity.
  • CAEL is held multiple times every month.
  • CAEL is conducted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday based on the requisition of the test takers.
  • CAEL calendar is notified for the year 2020.
  • Candidates are advised to visit the official website of CAEL to have proper information about the date and day of their exam.
Eligibility
  • The CAEL test serves to meet a crucial admission criterion for international students applying for undergraduate/postgraduate/graduate programmes in Canada and a few other countries.
  • For those seeking admissions to undergraduate programmes, 10+2 or 10+1 secondary education is sufficient academic background that would later qualify them to apply to universities abroad, once they clear the CAEL.
  • Registration for the test requires a valid passport and an identification document.
  • There are no restrictions on the number of times they can appear for the test.
  • However, registration for the next test can only be processed once the previous test results are released.
Cut-Off
  • Test takers receive individual English proficiency scores for the Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking components, as well as an overall score.
  • CAEL scores are reported on a scale from 10 – 90 with accompanying descriptors of what performance represents.
  • The overall score is calculated as an equally weighted average of the four component scores rounded to the nearest ten-point interval.
  • The table below presents descriptions of test taker proficiency at each full band level.

 

CAEL CE Band Descriptor

CAEL CE Score

Expert: Demonstrates a high level of competence, accuracy, and effectiveness in academic/professional settings

80-90

Adept: Uses generally accurate language in most settings; some limitations in flexibility are evident

70

Advanced: Displays competence in academic or professional settings

60

High Intermediate: Exhibits some competence in academic or professional settings; communication may break down in places

50

Intermediate: Demonstrates some ability to comprehend and articulate complex ideas and arguments typical of academic or professional settings

40

High Beginner: Expresses basic ideas about familiar topics in routine settings

30

Low Beginner: Communicates with limited ability

10-20

 

Reading Performance

Performance Summary

Band Score

Reads academic texts with ease demonstrating comprehension equal to that of experienced academic readers.

80-90

Expert – Fluent

Reads and comprehends academic texts with ease.
Can interpret information with flexibility.

70

Adept

Understands main ideas are able to identify most
relevant details. Can interpret information with some flexibility.

60 

Advanced

Understands main ideas but may misinterpret information. Can identify some relevant details but reads slowly and with greater effort than most academic readers.

50

High Intermediate

Understands main ideas but is restricted by limited vocabulary and a lack of familiarity with textual conventions.

40

Intermediate

Understands some of the main ideas but is unable to identify specific, relevant ideas; reads with limited accuracy and fluency.

30

High Beginner

Understands the main idea at times but misses almost all supporting detail.

10-20

Low Beginner

 

Listening Performance

Performance Summary

Band Score

Comprehends lectures as well as an experienced academic listener.

80-90

Expert – Fluent

Understands lectures with apparent ease.

70

Adept

Understand information regarding both main ideas and supporting details. May lack some flexibility and miss some information.

60 

Advanced

Processes most of the lecture for general ideas but may miss or misinterpret details. Overall understanding is still somewhat restricted.

50

High Intermediate

Identifies the meaning of some unfamiliar terms but overall understanding is restricted and uneven.

40

Intermediate

Makes some sense sections of lectures by guessing but overall understanding is limited.

30

High Beginner

Takes some meaning from individual words but overall understanding is sketchy and random.

10-20

Low Beginner

 

Writing Performance

Performance Summary

Band Score  

Writes with authority and style demonstrating mastery of appropriate, concise and persuasive academic writing.

80-90

Expert – Fluent

Readily responds to the demands of the topic and presents information clearly and logically.

70

Adept

Can develop a thesis using a range of support and uses language that is generally accurate.

60 

Advanced

Addresses the topic to a degree but with limited clarity and cohesiveness.

50

High Intermediate

Makes links among ideas and addresses the topic but writing lacks clarity and cohesiveness.

40

Intermediate

Writes something related to the topic but writing is not predictable and language is restricted.

30

High Beginner

Uses words randomly but language is very restricted and/or ungrammatical.

10-20

Low Beginner

 

Speaking Performance

Performance Summary

Band Score

Speaks with authority on a variety of topics. Demonstrates flexibility, controls nuance and speaks with spontaneity and comprehensibility.

80-90

Expert – Fluent

Speaks with ease presenting information clearly and logically.

70

Adept

Speaks fluently, flexibly and with a degree of ease. Compensates strategically for limitations but communicates most required information clearly.

60 

Advanced

Speaks with some fluency and flexibility but speaks
unevenly; at times there is a natural easy quality to the response but at other times the response breaks down.

50

High Intermediate

Can speak with some fluency but without flexibility and with noticeable effort.

40

Intermediate

Can speak but with false starts, hesitations and some mispronounced words. Provides studied and careful responses.

30

High Beginner

Communicates some information but mispronounces many words and speaks with great difficulty and many long pauses.

10-20

Low Beginner

 

Centres
  • CAEL exams are conducted in six countries namely UAE, Philippines, USA, India, China and Canada.
  • The centers in the above countries have also been identified.
  • CAEL exam authority may hold the exam in other countries also on the basis of the requisition of the concerned countries.
  • Candidates are advised to visit the official website of CAEL to get the location of the centers in which they intend to appear for the exam.
Results
  • CAEL CE Test scores are available online through candidate’s CAEL Account.
  • Test takers can access their CAEL CE Test scores online through their CAEL Account in 8 business days after their test date.
    • Please note that business days do not include weekends or holidays.
    • Candidates will receive an email notification once their scores are available.
  • Candidate test scores can be sent to five institutions at no cost.
  • They may provide institution details when registering online, or up to 4 days before their test date.
  • Official score reports will only be mailed to academic and professional institutions.

Additional Score Reports and Priority Shipping

  • For an additional fee, candidates can have their CAEL CE scores sent to more institutions. They may log in to their CAEL Account for more information.
  • Priority Shipping is available for an additional fee and a tracking number will be provided.

Re-evaluation Request

  • Candidates can apply for re-evaluation of some or all components of their CAEL CE Test within six months of the test date.
  • They must pay a re-evaluation fee at the time of their application that depends on which components of the test they would like re-evaluated.
  • If the CAEL CE level changes for any component that has been re-evaluated, the re-evaluation fee for this component will be refunded.
  • Candidates must note that there is a limit of one re-evaluation for any particular component of the test.
  • Re-evaluation requests are final and cannot be cancelled once the request has been submitted.
  • Test takers who apply for a re-evaluation of their test results will be notified of the results of the re-evaluation in approximately two to three weeks of submission of their application and payment of the re-evaluation fee.
Admit Card
  • The exam conducting authority do not issue admit card.
  • The registration of the candidate in the concerned center of CAEL will be confirmed by the exam conducting authority.
  • The Registration Details consist of:
    • Personal Details
    • Each part of your exam (dates, times and venues).
    • ID Number.
  • This is sent to candidates when they register for their exam. 

What to Bring on Test Day

  1. Valid Photo Identification
  • The exam conducting authority do not issue admit card.
  • The registration of the candidate in the concerned center of CAEL will be confirmed by the exam conducting authority.
  • The Registration Details consist of:
    • Personal Details
    • Each part of your exam (dates, times and venues).
    • ID Number.
  • This is sent to candidates when they register for their exam. 

What to Bring on Test Day

  1. Valid Photo Identification

Acceptable Identification

      • Passport booklet
      • Canadian permanent resident card
      • Canadian provincial driver’s license
      • Canadian provincial identification card
      • Refugee protection claimant document*
      • Travel document**

*Expired refugee protection claimant documents must be pre-approved by our office every time you register for a test. For approval, please send a scan or picture of your expired Refugee protection claimant document by email to [email protected]. Expired refugee protection claimant documents that are not pre-approved by our office may not be accepted on test day. No refunds or transfers will be given for refused entries.

**A Travel Document refers to the following documents specifically:

          • Refugee Travel Document
          • Certificate of Identity

Unacceptable Identification

      • NEXUS Card
      • Work Permit
      • Record of Landing
      • Interim Federal Health Certificate of Eligibility
      • Passport card
      • Canadian health card
      • Social security card
      • Social insurance card
      • Employee identification card
      • Student identification card
      • Notary-prepared letter or document
      • Credit card of any type
      • Temporary identification
      • Unacceptable identification also includes:
      • Any expired document
      • Any photocopied document
  1. Test Confirmation Email
  • Once registered, you will be emailed a test confirmation email. Make sure to bring a digital or print copy of the email with you to the test sitting.
  • The test confirmation email will include the following information:
    • Your test registration number.
    • Your name. Check the name on the test confirmation email to make sure that it is spelled exactly the same as on your identification.
    • Test sitting information. Check carefully the address of the testing centre, and the date and time of the test.
    • Identification requirements for admission to the test.
  • If you have not received (or have lost) your test confirmation email, please
    • check the junk folder in your email, or
    • contact our office.
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Contact-Info

Address:

801-180 Bloor St. W. Toronto, ON M5S 2V6 Canada
 
Phone: 1-(647) 793-8279

Phone - Toll Free (within North America): 1-855-520-2235

Telephone Hours:

Monday to Friday

8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

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