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Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL)

The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL), is a test to check the English language proficiency of students planning to study in Canada. CAEL CE is accepted by over 180 universities and colleges for admission to their academic programs.

There are four components in the test which include Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The test is done in a single test sitting and results are delivered fast, available within 8 business days after the scheduled test date.

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 components score, rounded to the nearest ten-point interval. The total test timing is three and half hours.

The prime feature of CAEL CE is its academic focus and 100% computer-delivered format.

  • The activities in this test are experienced in an integrated skills format.
  • From the academic perspective, the topics on the test are formed from a variety of fields including Arts, Education, Nature, Science and many more.


The separate scores are given for each of the four components: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.
The Reading and Listening components are computer-scored; however, Speaking and Writing are recorded on the computer and assessed by human raters later on.
Scores for entrance prerequisite will vary according to the protocols of different institutions.


There are three tasks in speaking, each on a different topic. For the first task, candidate will be asked to speak on some general awareness. For the second task, you will give your opinion about a particular issue. In task 3, the candidate will discuss on a displayed diagram.
For types A and B, you’ll be evaluated on: content which you responded and the accuracy of your language.  For visual speaking, there are three parameters to be focused:  content, accuracy, and your ability to reference details in the image.


In reading, there are two passages, each followed by a set of comprehension questions. After that, there is a speaking task in which you will be asked only one question based on, longer reading passage. The first short reading passage will be a discussion on a small topic such as a syllabus or class assignment, this part is followed by only three questions. The second, longer reading passage discusses some areas based on academic background, to exemplify the fields of Arts and Science. You will have around 11 questions to solve  this passage. For the final task in Reading, you will be asked only one question about some aspects of the long reading such as to support your answer with brief detail and examples if any.


Listening is in similar way as reading is conducted; there are two listening passages, each followed by a set of comprehension questions. After that, there is a speaking task in which you will be asked a single question about the second listening passage. The content in the listening would be similar as it is given in the reading component. Speaking evaluation will be done on the three basic parameters include the content of your response, the accuracy of your language and your use of the ideas.


There will be three sections in writing; first, you will have a reading passage then a listening passage, each followed by a series of comprehension questions. After that, you will write a response to a question incorporating information from both these passages. In writing, you will be evaluated on the content and structure of your response, the accuracy of your language, and your use of source material.


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