What Is The Difference Between The CAEL Test and Pretest?


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The test is used as proof of English proficiency and includes up to five (5) score reports sent to accepting institutions. Test time is approximately 3.5 hours and is done in one sitting.

CAEL Pretest

Free Practice

It’s a free opportunity to experience questions on the CAEL Test, but cannot be used to certify your English proficiency. It is offered at test centres across Canada. Test time is approximately 2 hours and is done in one sitting.

What Are The Eligibility Requirements?

To be eligible for the CAEL Pretest, it is preferred, although not required, for an individual to meet at least two of the following:

  • A non-native English speaker
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate- or graduate-level college or university program
  • Enrolled in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program
  • Enrolled in an English as a Second Language (ESL) program
  • Between the ages of 17 and 25


What Is Expected Of The Participants?

The pretest will be approximately 2 hours long and will include the following:
Computer delivery: participants will complete the pretest over the computer.
Practice four skills: the pretest will assess skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English in an academic context.

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I appreciated the availability of test dates for CAEL, and found it convenient and inexpensive compared to other English proficiency tests.
- Aashima, CAEL - Test Taker
What I liked most about the CAEL was that you can do the test on the computer, it uses Canadian English, and the results are released quickly!
- Alinsson, CAEL - Test Taker
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