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.