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CAEL

Introduction

The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Test, CE (Computer Edition), measures the English language proficiency of students planning to study at Canadian universities and colleges. The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) is one of the examination centres appointed by the Paragon Testing Enterprises. 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. Test takers read articles, listen to a lecture, answer questions, and write a short essay, as they would be expected to do in a first-year Canadian university or college classroom.

 

 

Test Features

  • Computer-Delivered: Done in just one sitting and includes features such as a personal timer and word counter

  • Acceptance Across Canada: Accepted  by over 180 Canadian universities and colleges, including all English-speaking institutions.
  • Quick Online Results: Available online in 8 business days, sent to 5 institutions at no extra cost.
  • Convenient Study Materials: Free sample tests, pretest sittings, webinars, prep programs, and online courses

 

 

Test Format

  • Fully Computer Delivered: CAEL CE is fully computer delivered, providing test takers the opportunity to complete all test components in one sitting with no additional appointments, interviews, or test sittings required.
  • Total Test Time Is About 3.5 Hours: The test reports scores on four components—Speaking, Reading, Listening, and Writing.
  • Integrated Skills In All Components: Test takers complete a range of tasks. Some of these tasks will require test takers to use what they have read and listened to in order to answer a question in speaking or writing.

 

Test Format Details

 

Speaking - Time allotted: 7-10 minutes

Number of Tasks Component Sections
3

Two speaking task, each based on short question

One speaking task based on a graph/diagram/chart

 

Integrated Reading - Time allotted: 35-50 minutes

Number of Questions/Tasks Component Sections
14

One of two short reading passages with comprehension questions

One or two long reading passages with comprehension questions

1

One speaking question, answered using material from a long reading passage

 

Integrated Listening - Time allotted: 25-35 minutes

Number of Questions/Tasks Component Sections
14-25

One of two short listening passages with comprehension questions

One or two long listening passages with comprehension questions

1

One speaking question, answered using material from a long listening passage

 

Academic Unit A - Time allotted: 60-70 minutes

Number of Questions/Tasks Component Sections
11-15

One long reading passage with comprehension questions

11-15

One long listening passage on the same topic, with comprehension question

1

One writing question requiring an extended response, using material from both the long reading passage and the long listening passage

 

Academic Unit B - Time allotted: 40-45 minutes

Number of Questions/Tasks Component Sections
11-15

One long reading passage with comprehension questions

11-15

One long listening passage on the same topic, with comprehension question

1

One writing question requiring a short response, using material from both the long reading passage and the long listening passage

 

 

Viewing Your Test Result

CAEL CE Test scores are available online through your CAEL Account.

 

Test Fees

CAD$335

 

FAQs

http://www.cael.ca/take-cael/faqs/

 

Registration methods

The CAEL Test Centres do not process any registration applications. All registrations should be completed through the CAEL CE Office at Paragon Testing Enterprises. The best and easiest way to register is online. For more details, please visit https://www.cael.ca/.

 

Note for test takers

On test day, all test takers who do not provide their valid identification during check-in at the test sitting will be refused entry to the test and will not be eligible for a refund or transfer.

 

Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

Test dates are listed at the CAEL CE website at https://www.cael.ca/take-cael/find-a-test-date/. Depending on the test centre, test registration closes approximately 2 to 3 days before the scheduled test date. It is recommended that you register well in advance, because test centres have limited capacity and registration requests are processed in the order in which they are received.

 

General Typhoon / Bad Weather Arranagements

As cancellation and/or postponement of an examination is a very serious matter, any decision to do so by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) will be made only when it is absolutely necessary. If weather conditions are at all doubtful (such as the possible hoisting of a Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above or the issue of the Rainstorm Red or Black Warning), candidates should pay attention to the radio or television broadcast, or view the HKEAA website for examination schedules right up to the time they leave for the examination centre. Candidates should note that:

(a) under normal circumstances, the HKEAA announcement of the postponement/cancellation of an examination will be made approximately two hours before the commencement of the examination;

(b) the announcement of closure of schools due to a tropical cyclone/the issue of the Rainstorm Red or Black Warning does not necessarily imply any postponement/cancellation of an examination scheduled to be held on that day;

(c) unless an announcement has been made by the HKEAA that examinations/public examinations/ international and professional examinations held by the HKEAA are postponed/cancelled due to bad weather conditions, candidates must assume that their examinations will be conducted as originally scheduled;

(d) once an examination has started, it will continue for the full allotted time unless physical conditions in the examination centre are considered to be dangerous by the Centre Supervisor.

 

 

Enquiries

 
Tel: +1-(604)-674-8664
Email: info@cael.ca
Website: https://www.cael.ca/

 

Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
Tel: +852 3628 8756/ +852 3628 8758
Email: ie7@hkeaa.edu.hk
Website: http://www.hkeaa.edu.hk
For service quality assurance, our telephone conversation with the public may be recorded.

 

 


 

 

 

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