The CAEL Test is 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.

The CAEL Test is now offered remotely through Prometric on the ProProctor™ platform. To register and pay for your CAEL Online Test, please go to the CAEL website.

Register for Your CAEL Online Test

After registering for your test directly on the CAEL website, please review your confirmation email to ensure that you have the correct test date and time.  

  • For information on the environmental and other testing requirements for remotely proctored tests, please refer to our ProProctor User Guide before registering for your test.
  • To see if your computer and network will allow testing through the ProProctor™ platform, click here to run a systems check before registering for your test. 

Transfer/Cancellation Policies

You may transfer your test for free up to 48 hours before your test in your CAEL Account.

If you wish to cancel your test, you may request a cancellation of the registration in your CAEL Account. You will be eligible for a 50% refund of the test registration fee if the cancellation request is received more than 48 hours before your test.

You will not be eligible for a transfer or refund if it is less than 48 hours before your test.

Retake Policy

You may register for no more than one test session within four calendar days. Test session registrations that violate this rule are subject to cancellation by Paragon Testing Enterprises and Prometric.

Testing Accommodations

If you require any test accommodations, please contact Paragon Testing Enterprises to submit the appropriate forms and documentation and to register for the test.

What to Bring to Your Test

 You will be required to present the same ID that you registered with on the day of the test. Expired identification documents will not be accepted. Please see the full list of acceptable IDs for your country.

Important: Headphones are NOT allowed for the CAEL Online Test. This includes headsets, earphones, and any other kind of speakers that you wear on/in/over your ears. Hearing aids are permitted.

What Time to Arrive for Your Test

You must arrive no more than 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after your scheduled appointment. If you arrive after this time, you will not be able to take your test and will not be eligible for a refund or transfer.