The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Test is a test designed to measure the English language proficiency of students planning to study in Canadian post-secondary institutions.
CAEL is one of the best tools for identifying students with the right English skills for academic success. It provides an authentic representation of language use in a Canadian academic context. Test takers read articles, listen to a lecture, answer questions, and write a short essay, as they would be expected to do in a first-year Canadian university or college classroom.
CAEL is now available as a computer-delivered test, known as CAEL CE (Computer Edition). CAEL CE has been improved to deliver all four components (reading, listening, writing, and speaking) by computer in a single test sitting.
CAEL CE is an integrated and topic-based test. Test takers are asked to combine more than one skill in the test on unified topics, such as writing an essay based on what they read and listened to.
The test includes activities that students engage in during their Canadian post-secondary studies. The topics and tasks in the test are taken from first-year university courses.