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CAEL’s growth due to full spectrum test, says Paragon

Canadian test operator Paragon Testing has announced it is expecting “significant” further growth in the number of test takers sitting its computer edition of the Canadian Academic English Language, after a doubling of exams taken in its most recent financial year.

New testing centres will open in India in 2020. Photo: Paragon Testing

"They find that existing tests are not fully adequate as a screen"

As well as growth in the volume of students considering Canada as a study destination, Juliana Ramza at Paragon claims it is the academic focus and spectrum of the test which is also fuelling growth.

“We have actually been approached by many Canadian universities and colleges because they are concerned with the inadequacy of the English language skills of students,” Ramza, manager of corporate relations, told The PIE News.

“They find that existing tests are not fully adequate as a screen. Paragon offers CAEL CE which is an integrated skills test which other tests do not do. The test prepares students for academic success at Canadian universities and colleges.”

More than 180 universities and colleges in Canada now accept the CAEL CE exam as evidence students have the necessary English proficiency to study at the institution – and the company is expanding its international locations where the test is available.

Along with 35 test centres in Canada offering the CAEL CE Test, locations in Hong Kong, India, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, United States, and mainland China also provide the exam.

In February 2020, the test will be available in several more cities in India, adding to its current test centre in Chandigarh, in the north of the country. Paragon is also working to open test centres in Vietnam during 2020, detailed Ramza.

“The number of CAEL CE test takers doubled in Canada in our last financial year, and in this current year, we expect the number of test takers in Canada to grow significantly again.”

By working closely with admissions officers, Paragon has continued to “deepen our relationships with recruiters at the Canadian universities and colleges as well”, Ramza added.

Paragon Testing has also launched two CAEL Scholarships for international students worth CAN$5,000 each – one to a student currently studying in Canada, and one to a student currently studying overseas.

Applications close in April 2020.

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