Score Comparison Tables

CAEL Assessment Score Comparison Table

The equivalencies are based on the results of initial research (sources provided in the footnotes). It should also be noted that these tests take very different approaches in their operationalization of the construct of academic English. The approach to scoring is also different. Therefore, these equivalencies only enable broad comparison to be made.

CAEL TOEFL iBT1 IELTS2 Pearson3 CLB2
10-404 0-67 1.0-5.5 <60 1-5
50 68-76 6 6
60 77-86 6.5 7
70 87-96 7.0 60+ 8-9
80 97-120 7.5-9.0
90 10-12

1 This concordance is based on TOEFL iBT scores reported by 564 CAEL test takers in the period 2011-2015. Paragon Testing Enterprises (2016). Internal Report: CAEL correspondences. Vancouver, BC: Paragon Testing Enterprises.

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Paragon Testing Enterprises (2016). Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment Test Score and Users’ Guide. Vancouver, BC: Paragon Testing Enterprises.1 This concordance is based on TOEFL iBT scores reported by 564 CAEL test takers in the period 2011-2015. Paragon Testing Enterprises (2016). Internal Report: CAEL correspondences. Vancouver, BC: Paragon Testing Enterprises.

3 Based on a study by Fox, J., and Fraser, W. (2014). Research Note: Setting university language proficiency entry requirements on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) in relation to performance categories on the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment. Available here.

4 Bands 10-40 are combined in the table because they are typically not critical cut scores for entry to post-secondary programs.

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CAEL CE (Computer Edition) Score Comparison Table

This table summarizes the results of a study to compare test takers’ results on CAEL CE and the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS – Academic). For both tests, the overall score is the unweighted average of the four individual component scores: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The purpose of this study was to identify which IELTS – Academic overall band score corresponds to each CAEL CE overall score.

CAEL CE overall score IELTS – Academic overall score
90¹ –¹
80 8.0
70 7.0
60 6.5
50 6.0
40 5.5
30 4.5
20¹ –¹
10¹ –¹

¹This indicates that the score is not represented in the dataset.

For more information about Paragon’s study, see Linking CAEL CE Scores to IELTS – Academic Scores: A Research Summary.