If you have a disability or special condition that might require special arrangements, please fill out the Special Accommodations Request Form to make a request for such arrangements.
Each component of the test is given a CAEL score and an overall band score. There is no pass or fail on the test. It is recommended that you contact the institution to which you are applying to see what their English language requirements are.
It is not necessary to know anything about the topic to be successful on the CAEL. Everything you need to know is contained in the information provided within the test itself.
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.
The fee for CAEL in Canada is CAD $225.00 + tax. Effective Tuesday, September 4th, 2018, the fee for the CAEL CE Test will increase from CAD $225.00 + tax to CAD $268.00 + tax for all test sittings scheduled on or after November 1st, 2018. Test fees may vary for CAEL outside of Canada.
For complete information on our transfer and cancellation policy, please click here.
Yes, at the time of registration, you must upload a photo of yourself. This photo must fit the following requirements:
Additional Photo Requirements:
For full information on the transfer policy, please click here.
Please note that CAEL Test Centres do not process any registrations. All registrations must be completed through the CAEL office by one of the methods listed above.
Test registration closes 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.
Before starting the registration process, make sure to have the following ready:
You may register for more than one test session only if all test sessions are at least 21 calendar days apart. Test session registrations that violate this rule are subject to cancellation by Paragon.
The CAEL Office recommends that you do additional studying before retaking the test. See our CAEL Test Preparation page for more details.
For full details on Paragon Testing Enterprises’ cancellation policy, please click here.
If the identification document that you bring with you on test day does not meet the following requirements, you will not be allowed to take the test, and you will not be able to transfer your test or receive a refund:
Acceptable identification for the CAEL Test:
*Refugee Protection Claimant Documents and Travel 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 document by email to email@example.com. Refugee Protection Claimant Documents and Travel 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.
Unacceptable identification includes:
IMPORTANT: 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.
If you registered for the CAEL Test with a passport booklet, we recommend that you do not send it away for any reason (i.e., extensions or visa renewals) before your scheduled test date. If you are required to do so, please send away your passport booklet after you have taken the test or before you register for the test. If you do not provide your passport booklet or the identification document that you registered with at the test sitting, you will be refused entry to the test and no refunds or transfers will be given.
If you have any questions about acceptable identification, please contact us or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should arrive at the test centre at least 45 minutes before your scheduled start time. Latecomers will be denied entrance to the test and will NOT be eligible for a refund or transfer.
If you provided all the required information and we received your payment, your registration request will be processed within 3 business days. You will then receive a Test Confirmation Email.
If you have not received (or have lost) your Test Confirmation Email, please do the following:
For more information about preparing for CAEL CE (Computer Edition), click here.
For information on the format of CAEL CE (Computer Edition) and the time allowed, please click here.
We do not allow any food or drinks in our testing rooms. However, if you do need some water during the test, please raise your hand and a test supervisor will escort you to the water fountain.
For information on CAEL CE (Computer Edition) scoring, please click here.
You can apply for a re-evaluation of some or all components of your CAEL, as long as the application is made within 6 weeks of the test date. You must pay a re-evaluation fee at the time of your application. If the score changes for any component that has been re-evaluated, the re-evaluation fee for that component will be refunded. Please note that there is a limit of one re-evaluation for any particular component of the test. Re-evaluation requests are final sale, 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 re-evaluation results within 3 to 4 weeks of submission of their application and payment of the re-evaluation fee.
The re-evaluation fee is $65.00 per component.
To make a re-evaluation request, sign in to your CAEL Account.
We will make your scores available to you and other institutions for 2 years from the date of the test. The length of time that your scores are valid for various institutions however, is determined by their individual policies. You can obtain this information from the specific institution.
If you are applying to an undergraduate program, your results will automatically be communicated to the Undergraduate Admissions Office at the post-secondary institution to which you are applying (as indicated at the time of your test registration).
If you are applying to a graduate program (Master’s or Doctorate), your results will be forwarded to the appropriate department at each post-secondary institution (as indicated at the time of your test registration).
For information on obtaining you CAEL (Computer Edition) test scores, please click here.
We will send your CAEL Official Score Report to five institutions at no cost. Please provide institution details when registering online, or up to 4 days before your test date.
If you need to request additional score reports after your test date, they can be ordered through your CAEL Account at a cost of $20.00 each.
Official score reports will only be mailed to academic and professional institutions.
For CAEL CE (Computer Edition), please review the Test Day Information page for details about prohibited behaviours and items.
Late entry to CAEL is not permitted. Latecomers will be denied entrance to the test and will not be eligible for a refund or transfer.
For CAEL Tests administered on or after May 15, 2017, the CAEL Overall Band Score will be calculated as an equally weighted average of the four component (Writing, Reading, Listening, and Speaking) scores rounded to the nearest ten-point interval.
Previously, CAEL Overall Band Scores were calculated using a weighted average in which the Writing component was the most heavily weighted. Based on an internal review by Paragon Test Research and Development staff and a careful review of current industry practices, Paragon Testing Enterprises has revised the overall band score calculation to equally weight each component score.
Examples of the new overall band score calculation:
To learn about washroom breaks for CAEL CE (Computer Edition), see Test Day Information.
To report a test security issue, please visit our Test Security page.
Yes, you should write responses in standard academic English using correct spelling. Whether you are writing an extended, short, or one-word response, pay attention to the accuracy of your writing.
The listening and reading sections for CAEL CE are scored by computer. Each correct answer contributes proportionally to your test score in each section. There are no points deducted for wrong answers. Your CAEL CE Reading and Listening test score will be reported as a band score on a scale from 10 to 90.
Your speaking and writing responses are scored by trained and experienced CAEL CE Raters according to scales established by Paragon Testing Enterprises. The rating scales guide CAEL CE Raters to pay attention to the following features of your responses:
All your speaking and writing responses contribute towards your test score in each section. Your CAEL CE Speaking and Writing test score will be reported as a band score on a scale from 10 to 90.
The CAEL (Paper Edition) test will be retiring as of August 31, 2018. Read more.