Paragon Testing Enterprises, a subsidiary of The University of British Columbia (UBC), is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Carleton University to acquire the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment.
CAEL is a standardized academic English language test that was first developed by Carleton University in 1987. It is accepted by over 150 academic institutions across Canada and the United States as well as to several international institutions. The test is also accepted at a number of professional organizations, including the Canadian Veterinary Association, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
“Carleton has had a long, enjoyable history as administrator of CAEL and now we are happy to hand the reins to Paragon, which is very well positioned to take over.”
– Ed Kane, VP of Assistant Vice President University Services at Carleton University.
“Paragon is delighted to have been selected to take over CAEL” said Dr. Donald Wehrung, President and CEO of Paragon. “We are working hard to ensure a smooth transition and to earn the trust of the valued CAEL testing partners and all of the organizations that rely on CAEL.”
Paragon Testing Enterprises was created in 2009 to commercialize UBC’s English language tests. Paragon administers the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) test and the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test. The CELPIP test is offered in three versions including one version for applicants for permanent residence in Canada, one version for Canadian citizenship, and one version for admission to Canadian post-secondary institutions or for qualification to a Canadian professional association. The CELPIP tests for Canadian permanent residence and citizenship have been officially designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The LPI test is offered for placement in or admission to post-secondary institutions in British Columbia or Alberta or for membership in a number of professional associations.
In the past five years Paragon has grown very significantly. This growth is evident in the rapid increase in the number of test takers, test centres, and test sittings across Canada; the proliferation of research projects on test performance; the creation of new instructional products and programs; the implementation of major enhancements to test delivery and registration software; and the tripling of both the number of full-time employees and the size of Paragon’s office space.