CAEL Placement Testing and CAEL Preparation Course
A key component of the TLC system is the assessment of learners into appropriate language learning categories. In order to properly assess all incoming learners for their optimal language competency level, TLC offers the CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) Placement Assessment at multiple times throughout the year.
Learners are encouraged to attend the CAEL preparation course for 20 hours. The CAEL Preparation Courses will be offered three times a year prior to the regular start of each semester. This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, PTIB did not review this program
Following the CAEL preparation course, a CAEL placement assessment will be administered. Students who write the CAEL placement examination will be placed to corresponding levels according to the assessment result.
Valid IELTS and TOEFL test scores are also accepted for the TLC application. Please refer to the following table for detailed conversion, corresponding levels, and course content.
|Program||CAEL||TOEFL||IELTS||TLC In-House Placement Test||Program Detail
|Language Programs for Academic Studies (AES)||AES Level 1||10-29||21-34||3.0-4.0||15-40||Language Course|
|AES Level 2||30-39 (Writing: 15 or higher)||35-45 (Writing: 6 or higher)||4.5 (Writing: 4.0 or higher)||41-50||Language Course|
|AES Level 3||40-49 (Writing: 30 or higher)||46-59 (Writing: 12 or higher)||5.0 (Writing: 4.5 or higher)||51-60||Language Course|
|AES Level 4||50-59 (Writing: 40 or higher)||60-77 (Writing: 14 or higher)||5.5 (Writing: 5.0 or higher)||61-70||Language Course|
|Language Programs for Graduate Students in TWU||PGS Level 1||60-69 (Writing: 50 or higher)||78-87 (Writing: 18 or higher)||6.0 (Writing: 5.5 or higher)||71-80||Language Course+
2 TWU Credit Courses
|PGS Level 2||70-79 (Writing: 60 or higher)||88-99 (Writing: 21 or higher)||6.5 (Writing: 6.0 or higher)||>=81||Language Course+
3 TWU Credit Courses
Note: Students will be placed in AES Level-1 with completion of Grade 11 English ( 60% minimum) in their home country if they do not have any above- mentioned test scores.