CAEL (Paper Edition) has two parts: Part 1, the Written Assessment and Part 2, the Oral Language Test (OLT).
|Part 1||Written Assessment
|Reading Section 1||25 minutes|
|Listening Section||20 minutes|
|Reading Section 2||30 minutes|
|Writing Section||45 minutes|
|Part 2||Oral Language Test (OLT)
TEST FORMAT DETAILS
Time allotted: approximately 55 minutes
Test takers are given two readings that are on the same topic as the Listening and Writing components.
The readings are taken from the following sources:
Reading tasks include the following:
Time allotted: approximately 20 minutes
Test takers listen to a pre-recorded lecture on the same topic as the Reading and Writing components.
Listening tasks include the following:
Time allotted: 45 minutes
This component is composed of hand-written answers. Test takers will use the information from the Reading and Listening components to write their essay.
The essay topic asks the test taker to:
Test takers are encouraged to plan their essays before they begin writing.
Time allotted: 25 minutes
The OLT is carried out on a computer equipped with a headset and microphone, however test takers will not be required to use the computer mouse or keyboard. The OLT may be taken before or after the Written Assessment.
It consists of five tasks which sample typified and recurring speech acts within college and university settings:
Task 1 (2 minutes)
Make a short oral presentation. Test takers will be asked to answer a question about themselves.
Task 2 (5 minutes)
Relay information obtained from a lecture. Test takers are asked to provide key information to another student based on their understanding of a short recorded segment of a professor’s instructions.
Task 3 (5 minutes)
Relay information obtained from an academic document. Test takers are asked to provide specific information based on their reading of a short, generic academic document.
Task 4 (5 minutes)
Relay information from an academic text. Test takers are asked to read a section of the text in Task 3 aloud, for the purpose of discussing the text in the context of a group discussion or academic presentation.
Task 5 (8 minutes)
Explain a choice for participation in a group project. First, test takers listen to a professor’s instructions for a group oral presentation. Then they listen to other members of a group who explain their preferences for participation in the presentation.
After listening to the other group members, the test takers are asked to explain their own presentation choice and ask a question regarding an important detail related to the presentation (e.g., time allowed, marking criteria, available equipment, etc.).