CAEL 2023 is the right exam to take if you want to find out if you have the level of English language proficiency needed to enrol in a Canadian college. The CAEL test is among the most effective evaluations for faithfully simulating language use in a Canadian academic setting. As part of the CAEL test, you will be required to read articles, pay attention in a lecture, respond to questions, and write a brief essay. 

The CAEL result is available in 8 business days and can be sent for no additional charge to 5 institutions. The subject matter, format, and scoring system of the CAEL Online test are identical to those of the CAEL Test administered in testing centres.



The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment is a standardised English language test that measures reading, listening, speaking, and writing abilities typically used in academic contexts. It assesses a student’s proficiency in using English at the level of post-secondary school.

Once you pass the CAEL, you will be eligible to apply to universities abroad for undergraduate programs if you have completed your secondary education with a 10+2 or 10+1 grade point average. A current passport and a form of identification are required for test registration. 


In the CAEL scoring system, a point is typically given for each correct response. Three different answers to the question’s various components would be needed for a question with three points.

  • Test results for international testing sites are made available 15 days after the exam date, and you will receive your Score Report via email. 
  • A CAEL test’s outcome is valid for two years.
  • Your English language proficiency is rated on the CAEL Assessment Score Report in four categories: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. 
  • An overall band score that ranges from band level 10 to band level 90 is used to describe the outcome.
CAEL band descriptorCAEL Score
Expert: Demonstrates a high level of competence, accuracy, and effectiveness in academic/professional settings.80-90
Adept: Uses generally accurate language in most settings; some limitations in flexibility are evident.70
Advanced: Displays competence in academic or professional settings.60
High Intermediate: Exhibits some competence in academic or professional settings; communication may break down in places.50
Intermediate: Demonstrates some ability to comprehend and articulate complex ideas and arguments typical of academic or professional settings.40
High Beginner: Expresses basic ideas about familiar topics in routine settings.30
Low Beginner: Communicates with limited ability.10-20


The Speaking, Integrated Reading, Integrated Listening, Academic Unit A, and Academic Unit B sections each makes one of the five sections of the CAEL Test format.

  • You must use your voice to respond verbally to the on-screen prompts in this section. This section will take between 7 and 10 minutes.
  • Integrated Reading: You will be required to read passages and provide answers in this section. This section will take 35 to 50 minutes to complete.
  • Integrated Listening: You must listen to passages and respond to questions in this section. This section will take between 25 and 35 minutes to complete.
  • Academic Unit A: You must provide written responses to the comprehension questions in this section. The time allotted to this section is 60-70 minutes.
  • Academic Unit B: You must provide written responses to the comprehension questions in this section. The time allotted to this section is 40-45 minutes.


International students must pay a registration fee of $195.00 CAD for the CAEL Assessment. You must pay an additional $60.00 to change the test date. Rearranging an exam date will cost you $60.00. In order to be eligible for a fee refund, you must notify the CAEL Assessment Office of your cancellation at least two business days before the scheduled test date. However, administrative costs totalling $60.00 are subtracted.

The fee for test review is $65.00 per test component (reading, listening, writing or speaking).


  • Before starting your preparation, familiarise yourself with the format of the test. You will be better able to identify your areas of strength and weakness in the various exam sections and tailor your study strategy as a result. 
  • The CAEL Assessment Test Takers’ Preparation Guides are available for purchase on the official exam website. These yearly publications include practice exams, lecture recordings, and transcripts on CD, as well as a variety of strategies and techniques for passing the exam.
  • Bring a copy of your online registration confirmation and the same form of identification you used to register to the testing facility on exam day.


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