How do students use the English language in a college or university classroom?
All of these activities are things that students normally do in a classroom. Test takers will need to do all of these things on CAEL (Paper Edition) as well. Test takers will find that preparing for CAEL (Paper Edition) is a good investment of their time.
To prepare for CAEL (Paper Edition), the following steps are recommended:
1. Review CAEL (Paper Edition) Study Materials
To best prepare for the test, study materials can be purchased from our online store. The CAEL Test Takers’ Preparation Guide, Volumes I, II, and III, include key information about test format, scoring, skills, and strategies, together with numerous practice tests. Every volume also includes transcripts, answer keys, and reading booklets.
2. Join our Free Online Information Sessions
Our free online information sessions and workshops provide test takers with valuable information about CAEL (Paper Edition), useful test preparation tips and strategies, as well as an informal question and answer session. A live information session is held every month, and recorded versions of our information sessions and workshops are available to watch as well.
3. Complete the Written Assessment Sample Test
Sample Test #1: Rainforest
(MP3 format, file-size 4.4 MB) (Note: The lecture is played only once in the test so be sure to practice writing while listening.)
4. Complete the Sample Oral Language Test (OLT)
Time allowed for the test is approximately 25 minutes.
The OLT is a recorded oral language test of spoken English in use for academic purposes. It consists of five tasks:
Become familiar with the format of the OLT by doing the Oral Language Sample Test (PDF).
Please note: The number and type of tasks may vary. Video may also be included.
5. Register for the CAEL CE (Computer Edition) Pretest
The CAEL CE (Computer Edition) Pretest is a FREE opportunity for test takers to practice taking academic listening, speaking, reading, and writing questions in a real test environment. The CAEL CE Pretest provides test takers with experience taking a computer delivered test, and after completing the CAEL CE Pretest, test takers receive detailed Listening and Reading scores that are broken down into four categories: overall, understanding general meaning, understanding specific details, and making inferences.
For a limited time, test takers that complete the pretest will receive 50% off a future official CAEL Test.
Free CAEL (Paper Edition) Sample Test