Language testing

Accuplacer  |  IELTS  |  CAEL  |  CELPIP

Saint John College offers both official and institutional English-language testing to new students as well as students from other schools in Canada and abroad who need to write an official English test in order to be accepted to a university or college in Canada or for immigration purposes.

Accuplacer

The Accuplacer is Saint John College's English placement test. If you arrive at UNB Saint John without an official English test score, you'll take the Accuplacer at Saint John College before you begin your studies.

Saint John College uses your score on the Accuplacer test to determine in which level of the English program you'll begin your ESL studies.

The Accuplacer is a computer-based test that focuses on practical English usage. It has four parts:

  • Reading: Consists of 20 multiple choice questions
  • Language Use (Grammar): Consists of 20 multiple choice questions
  • Listening: Consists of 20 multiple choice questions
  • Writing: Test takers are given a general topic and are asked to write at least 300 words (or more) on this topic.

Cost: Beginning in January 2018, there will be a $50 charge to take the Accuplacer test.

To register for the Accuplacer, please visit Saint John College in Annex A on the UNB Saint John campus or email sjcol@unb.ca. The Accuplacer will be offered on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at 9:30 am
  • Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm



International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTSThe International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test developed by the world’s leading experts in language assessment on four key English language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

It is designed to assess the language ability of people who aim to study, work, immigrate and integrate an English-speaking environment.

There are two versions of the IELTS:

  • IELTS Academic ($320 CAD): If you want to study at university, at an undergraduate or postgraduate level, or join a professional association where English is a prerequisite.
  • IELTS General ($320 CAD): If you want to apply for Express Entry or any other immigration program in order to establish anywhere in Canada.

IELTS is the world’s most popular English proficiency test, with:

  • 2.7 million tests taken in 2015
  • Recognized by over 9000 organizations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies
  • Administered in over 1100 locations in over 140 countries

Read more about the IELTS.

The IELTS will be offered at Saint John College on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
  • Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
  • Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
  • Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018
  • Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018

Register now

Official IELTS instructional products to help you prepare for the test:



Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

CAELThe Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment is a test designed to measure the English language proficiency of students planning to study in Canadian post-secondary institutions.

There are two versions of CAEL:

  • CAEL Paper Edition ($225 CAD plus tax): A combination of a paper-based written assessment, which measures English proficiency in reading, listening, and writing, and a separate computer-mediated oral language test, which measures English proficiency in speaking If you want to study at university, at an undergraduate or postgraduate level, or join a professional association where English is a prerequisite.
  • CAEL Computer Edition: Delivers all four parts (reading, listening, writing, and speaking) by computer in a single test sitting.

The CAEL is the only test that provides a truly 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.

As a fully-integrated, topic-based test, you'll use the information from the Reading and Listening components to write your essay — unlike other tests that ask test takers to write a persuasive essay with no connection to the academic material. Test results are delivered online and quickly, in just eight business days, or you can choose Express Rating so that your scores are delivered in only three business days.

The CAEL (Paper Edition) is accepted by over 180 academic institutions across Canada. A number of professional associations also recognize CAEL (Paper Edition) as proof of English language proficiency required for membership.

Watch a CAEL information session.

The CAEL will be offered at Saint John College on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
  • Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
  • Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
  • Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018
  • Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
  • Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018

Register now

Official CAEL instructional products to help you prepare for the test:



Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

CELPIPCELPIP is the only Canadian English Language test designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The test allows test takers to demonstrate their ability to function in English, and accurately assesses a test taker’s English abilities in a variety of everyday situations.

The CELPIP Test comes in two versions:

  • CELPIP-General ($265 CAD): For people applying for permanent resident status in Canada
  • CELPIP-General LS ($185 CAD, Listening and Speaking only): For people applying for Canadian citizenship

The CELPIP test is fully computer delivered and can be completed in one test sitting, with no additional speaking appointments or interviews.

Test results are delivered online and quickly, in just eight business days, or test takers can choose Express Rating so that their scores are delivered in only three business days.

The test uses Canadian accents. Test takers who have been living and working in Canada will better understand and relate to the Canadian accents used in the CELPIP Test.

Watch a CELPIP Information Session.

CELPIP tests will be offered at Saint John College on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at 11am (General)
  • Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at 11am (General LS)
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at 11am (General)
  • Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at 11am (General)
  • Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at 11am (General LS)
  • Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at 11am (General)
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at 11am (General)

Register now

Official CELPIP instructional products to help you prepare for the test: