the CAEL Assessment?
We chose the CAEL
Assessment because it contains, and expects students to produce (in
writing & speech), the actual academic language of the university
community. This validity was crucial in our decision. It means that
even when we “teach to the test” (and by this I do not mean
“rehearse”, but teach the kinds of skills that are going
to be tested) we will be teaching exactly what we have always been teaching
– or should have been teaching.
Director English Language Program, University of Alberta
The CAEL Assessment is used as an entry and exit test at the World Maritime
University to measure progress made during the 17-week English and Study
Skills Program. The CAEL Assessment actually reflects the syllabus.
This is so important to us. We really like it. There is no gap anymore
between what the test is doing and what we are doing in our classes.
Sund-Batista, Coordinator, English, World Maritime University,
One of the CAEL’s most attractive features is its academic focus.
That is, the CAEL results provide a reliable indicator of the potential
for academic success because its test focus is application rather than
ascertaining the student’s knowledge of language structure. We
chose the CAEL after careful examination of other well-known assessment
tools and were impressed with its ease of administration and the technical
Benson, Director Academic Writing Centre, University of Windsor
The CAEL Assessment is valuable to us in the intensive ESL program because
it allows us to “teach to the test”. All four skills are
tested and everything the student learns is of value. It tests language
use in a practical way and in an academic context.
Kinsman, Coordinator, Intensive English, Carleton University
Best test of the students’ ability to use English at the university
level available today. Teachers have adopted the CAEL strategies in
the ESL classes (readings, lectures, note-taking, timed writings) as
they are the skills students require in their credit courses. Teaching
to the test is not a major problem because the CAEL requires those language
skills that students need in order to be successful in university.
Coordinator, ESL, Trent University
We have consistently found the test to be a much more accurate instrument
for predicting academic success than the other tests available. We have
found the Carleton University testing experts to be very helpful in
setting up and customizing the scoring system for our needs at Ryerson.
We plan on continuing to use the CAEL Assessment as long as it is available.
Chairman, English Department, Ryerson University