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CAEL Syllabus

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Updated On: Aug 09,2023 , 01:32 PM IST

CAEL Exam Syllabus 2023

All Components have integrated skills Test takers must perform a variety of tasks. Some of these tasks will require test takers to speak or write in response to a question based on what they have read and listened to.
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The whole test time takes around 3.5 hours. The exam provides results for four components: speaking, reading, listening, and writing.
Each test contains unscored items. Unscored items are utilized for test development in each test. These unscored items can be found throughout the test and follow the same format as the scored items. You will be unable to distinguish between scored and unscored items, so give the full test your all.

Generally, CAEL total test time is about 3 hours 30 minutes and is done in one sitting

  1. Speaking: Reply to on-screen prompts verbally; 7-10 minutes
  2. Integrated Reading: Read passages and reply to questions; 35-50 minutes
  3. Integrated Listening: Listen to passages and reply to questions; 25-35 minutes
  4. Academic Unit A: Answer comprehension questions and write a reply; 60-70 minutes
  5. Academic Unit B: Answer comprehension questions and write a reply; 40-45 minutes
Component Number of Questions/ Tasks Component Sections
Speaking 3
  • Two speaking tasks, each based on a short question
  • One speaking task based on a graph/diagram/chart
Integrated Reading 14-25 and 1
  • One or two short reading passages with comprehension questions
  • One or two long reading passages with comprehension questions
  • One speaking question, answered using material from a long reading passage
Integrated Listening 14-25 and 1
  • One or two short listening passages with comprehension questions
  • One or two long listening passages with comprehension questions
  • One speaking question, answered using material from a long listening passage
Academic Unit A 11-15, 11-15 and 1
  • One long reading passage with comprehension questions
  • One long listening passage on the same topic, with comprehension questions
  • One writing question requiring an extended response, using material from both the long reading passage and the long listening passage
Academic Unit B 11-15, 11-15 and 1
  • One long reading passage with comprehension questions
  • One long listening passage on the same topic, with comprehension questions
  • One writing question requiring a short response, using material from both the long reading passage or the long listening passage

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