CAEL CE

CAEL CE


The Canadian Academic English Language

It is an internationally accepted English Language proficiency test taken by students across the globe. The CAEL Assessment Test stands for the “Canadian Academic English Language- Computer edition” Assessment.




CAEL CE is accepted by a majority of Canadian post-secondary institutions, including all of Canada’s top English language universities such as the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and McGill University. It is accepted by almost all member institutions of Universities in Canada.

Paragon Testing Enterprises is a subsidiary of the University of British Columbia that works in collaboration with the organizations that conduct such proficiency tests. This test is for everyone who wishes to study, live, or work in Canada.

At Masterprep, we provide counseling as well as study material for CAEL and other such English proficiency tests. We engage in solid classroom interaction as well as one on one personal guidance for students.

Test Pattern

The total duration for the CAEL exam is of 3 hours and 30 minutes. It consists of 4 modules, namely, Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. The candidate is required to attempt each module.

CAEL CE is a meticulously designed test program that includes activities in an integrated skills format. The candidates are provided with passages for listening and reading, which further form the basis of speaking and writing tasks.

Part 1: Speaking
  • There are three parts of the speaking module.
  • The duration of the speaking part is 7-10 minutes.
  • The speaking module consists of two academic responses and a third response is based on a visual.
  • The first and the second part consist of responding to a question, while the third part includes describing and discussing a diagram.
Part 2: Integrated Reading
  • There are three parts in the Integrated Reading module.
  • The duration of the module is 35-50 minutes.
  • This consists of a short reading, one long reading and a speech on the long reading.
  • The first part consists of reading a passage and answering questions; second part consists of reading a passage about an academic topic and answering questions, while the third part consists of answering a question based on the Long Reading.
Part 3: Integrated Listening
  • There are three parts in the Integrated Listening module.
  • The duration of the module is 25-35 minutes.
  • This consists of one short listening, one long listening and a speech on the Long Listening.
  • The first part consists of listening to a presentation and answering questions; second part consists of listening to a passage about an academic topic and answering questions, while the third part consists of answering a question about the Long Listening.
Part 4: Academic Unit A
  • There are three parts in the Academic Unit A.
  • The duration of this part is 60-70 minutes.
  • This consists of one long reading, one long listening and a long writing.
  • The first part consists of reading a passage about an academic topic and answering questions; second part consists of listening to a passage about an academic topic and answering questions, while the third part consists of writing a response to a question about ideas presented in the Long Reading and the Long Listening.
Part 5: Academic Unit B
  • There are three parts in the Academic Unit B.
  • The duration of this part is 40-45 minutes.
  • This consists of one Long Reading, one Long Listening and a Short Writing.
  • The first section includes reading a passage about an academic topic and answering questions. The second section consists of listening to an excerpt about an academic subject and answering questions. In contrast, the third part consists of writing a short response to a question about ideas presented in Long Reading and the Long Listening.

Marking Criteria

Test takers are marked individually in terms of proficiency scores for the Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking components along with the overall score. CAEL scores are displayed on a scale 10 – 90 along with a set of descriptors detailing their performance. The overall score is calculated with an average of the four individual scores and then rounded off to the nearest ten point interval. The table below represents the descriptions of the test taker’s proficiency at each band level.

CAEL CE Band Descriptor CAEL CE Score
Expert: Demonstrates a high level of competence, precision, and effectiveness in a formal setting 80-90
Adept: Accurate language used in most settings; however, some limitations in flexibility are evident.Advanced: The candidate displays competence in academic or professional settings 70
Advanced: Displays appropriateness in academic or professional settings. 60
High Intermediate: Exhibits some competence in academic or professional settings; communication may break down in places 50
Intermediate: The candidate is articulate, skilled and well versed for arguments typical of all formal settings. 40
High Beginner: The candidate has a basic knowledge of things and acts normally in routine settings. 30
Low Beginner: Communication hindered due to minimum ability. 10-20