Paragon Testing Enterprises, a subsidiary of UBC

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About Paragon

Our Background:

Paragon Testing Enterprises is a subsidiary of The University of British Columbia (UBC) that was created in 2009 to commercialize the University’s English proficiency tests.




Our Mission:

Paragon’s mission is to make its English language proficiency tests the tests of choice for those wishing to immigrate to Canada, to become Canadian citizens, or to study in Canada at all levels.  This is done by emphasizing the quality of Paragon’s tests and its test research program that is conducted through collaboration with internationally recognized scholars at Canada’s leading universities and its position as a Canadian company competing against large international testing agencies.


Our Business:

Paragon currently administers two tests – the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) test and the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test.  The CELPIP test is offered in three versions including one version for applicants for permanent residence in Canada, one version for applicants for Canadian citizenship, and one version for applicants for admission to Canadian post-secondary institutions or for qualification to a Canadian professional association which includes the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).  The CELPIP tests for Canadian permanent residence and citizenship have been officially designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada as evidence of English language proficiency.  The LPI test is offered for placement in or admission to post-secondary institutions in British Columbia or Alberta or for membership in a number of professional associations.  Paragon also develops, delivers, and licenses in partnership with other organizations written and online study materials, test preparation programs, and test delivery and registration software.


Our Growth and Investment in Test Research and Development:

In the past five years Paragon has grown very significantly.  This growth is evident in the rapid increase in the number of CELPIP test takers (from hundreds to tens of thousands per year), the number of CELPIP Test Centres across Canada (from 2 to 25 including a new one opened at Paragon headquarters in 2014), CELPIP test sittings, research projects on CELPIP test performance, new CELPIP instructional products and preparation programs, CELPIP raters (from 10 to more than 100), major enhancements to CELPIP test delivery and registration software, and tripling the number of full-time employees and the size of Paragon’s office space.  This growth is now focused not only on further expanding Paragon’s market share in terms of numbers of CELPIP test takers and adoption of instructional products and preparation programs, but also on exploring the development and delivery of English language and other types of tests throughout Canada and internationally as well as the use of other test delivery platforms.

In the previous fiscal year, Paragon invested about half of its test development resources on long term research and development for its current tests.  This emphasis on long term development, new innovative assessment methods, and continuing improvement to all aspects of Paragon’s assessment system will continue as Paragon seeks to consolidate its position as Canada’s premier language assessment organization and seeks to establish itself as a world class participant in the field of language assessment.


Our Location and Employees:

Paragon’s headquarters are located in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and the company currently employs 35 full-time and 120 part-time employees and raters.  Paragon offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to employees and their eligible dependents.  It also has a company-wide profit-sharing plan for full-time employees, a professional development program, and financial support for conference attendance, research, and publication related to its tests.


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