Rating Timelines & Score Report Options

Through your CAEL Account, you can access your score results online. You can also use your CAEL Account to order express rating, order printed copies of your score report, and order additional copies of your score report:

 

Rating Type/Request Description
Regular Rating

Regular Rating is included in your test fees.

  • Scores are available online in 8 business days.
  • Print copies of your CAEL CE Official Score Report are sent to your registered address via Canada Post’s standard delivery service
  • Estimated delivery time for print copies of score reports is 4-10 business days after scores are made available online
  • You can select up to 5 institutions to receive your CAEL CE scores in your CAEL account
Additional Score Reports
  • For an additional fee, you can have your CAEL CE scores sent to more institutions. Log into your CAEL Account for more information.

Re-evaluation Request
(Online – Sign in to CAEL Account )

  • You can apply for a re-evaluation of some or all components of your CAEL CE Test within six months of the test date.
  • You must pay a re-evaluation fee at the time of your application that depends on which components of the test you would like re-evaluated.
  • If your CAEL CE level changes for any component that has been re-evaluated, the re-evaluation fee for this 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 results of the re-evaluation in approximately two to three weeks of submission of their application and payment of the re-evaluation fee.

Understanding Your Test Scores

Test takers receive individual English proficiency scores for the Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking components, as well as an overall score. CAEL scores are reported on a scale from 10 – 90 with accompanying descriptors of what performance represents. The overall score is calculated as an equally weighted average of the four component scores rounded to the nearest ten-point interval. The table below presents descriptions of test taker proficiency at each full band level.

CAEL CE Band Descriptor CAEL CE Score
Expert: Demonstrates a high level of competence, accuracy, and effectiveness in academic/professional settings 80-90
Adept: Uses generally accurate language in most settings; some limitations in flexibility are evident 70
Advanced: Displays competence in academic or professional settings 60
High Intermediate: Exhibits some competence in academic or professional settings; communication may break down in places 50
Intermediate: Demonstrates some ability to comprehend and articulate complex ideas and arguments typical of academic or professional settings 40
High Beginner: Expresses basic ideas about familiar topics in routine settings 30
Low Beginner: Communicates with limited ability 10-20

CAEL CE Reporting Scale

Band Score Performance Summary

80-90

Expert – Fluent

Reads academic texts with ease demonstrating comprehension equal to that of experienced academic readers.

70

Adept

Reads and comprehends academic texts with ease.
Can interpret information with flexibility.

60 

Advanced

Understands main ideas is able to identify most
relevant details. Can interpret information with some flexibility.

50

High Intermediate

Understands main ideas but may misinterpret information. Can identify some relevant details but reads slowly and with greater effort than most academic readers.

40

Intermediate

Understands main ideas but is restricted by limited vocabulary and a lack of familiarity with textual conventions.

30

High Beginner

Understands some of the main ideas but is unable to identify specific, relevant ideas; reads with limited accuracy and fluency.

10-20

Low Beginner

Understands the main idea at times but misses almost all supporting detail.
Band Score Performance Summary

80-90

Expert – Fluent

Comprehends lectures as well as an experienced academic listener.

70

Adept

Understands lectures with apparent ease.

60 

Advanced

Understand information regarding both main ideas and supporting details. May lack some flexibility and miss some information.

50

High Intermediate

Processes most of the lecture for general ideas but may miss or misinterpret details. Overall understanding is still somewhat restricted.

40

Intermediate

Identifies the meaning of some unfamiliar terms but overall understanding is restricted and uneven.

30

High Beginner

Makes some sense sections of lectures by guessing but overall understanding is limited.

10-20

Low Beginner

Takes some meaning from individual words but overall understanding is sketchy and random.
Band Score Performance Summary

80-90

Expert – Fluent

Writes with authority and style demonstrating mastery of appropriate, concise and persuasive academic writing.

70

Adept

Readily responds to the demands of the topic and presents information clearly and logically.

60 

Advanced

Can develop a thesis using a range of support and uses language that is generally accurate.

50

High Intermediate

Addresses the topic to a degree but with limited clarity and cohesiveness.

40

Intermediate

Makes links among ideas and addresses the topic but writing lacks clarity and cohesiveness.

30

High Beginner

Writes something related to the topic but writing is not predictable and language is restricted.

10-20

Low Beginner

Uses words randomly but language is very restricted and/or ungrammatical.
Band Score Performance Summary

80-90

Expert – Fluent

Speaks with authority on a variety of topics. Demonstrates flexibility, controls nuance and speaks with spontaneity and comprehensibility.

70

Adept

Speaks with ease presenting information clearly and logically.

60 

Advanced

Speaks fluently, flexibly and with a degree of ease. Compensates strategically for limitations but communicates most required information clearly.

50

High Intermediate

Speaks with some fluency and flexibility but speaks
unevenly; at times there is a natural easy quality to the response but at other times the response breaks down.

40

Intermediate

Can speak with some fluency but without flexibility and with noticeable effort.

30

High Beginner

Can speak but with false starts, hesitations and some mispronounced words. Provides studied and careful responses.

10-20

Low Beginner

Communicates some information but mispronounces many words and speaks with great difficulty and many long pauses.

Test Scoring FAQs

You can apply for a re-evaluation of some or all components of your CAEL CE, as long as the application is made within 6 months 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).

Score Comparison Tables

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.

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.

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.

Paragon Testing Enterprises (2016). Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment Test Score and Users’ Guide. Vancouver, BC: Paragon Testing Enterprises.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.

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.

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

Download the English Language Proficiency Test Conversions Chart.

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