Paragon Testing Enterprises, a subsidiary of UBC

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About Paragon

Our Background:

Paragon Testing Enterprises Inc. was created as a wholly owned subsidiary of The University of British Columbia (UBC) in August 2009.  Paragon acquired the English language proficiency tests and related assets of Applied Research and Evaluation Services (ARES) on October 1, 2009.  ARES had operated as an ancillary service unit of UBC since 1996 and prior to that time as Educational Measurement Research Group (EMRG) which began in 1986.




Our Business:

Paragon Testing Enterprises Inc. develops, delivers, and licenses in partnership with other organizations English language proficiency tests including the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program® (CELPIP®) and the Language Proficiency Index® (LPI®)It also develops, delivers, and licenses in partnership with other organizations online and written self-study materials, test preparation programs, and test delivery and registration software.


Our Vision

Paragon seeks to make its English proficiency tests the tests of choice for those wishing to immigrate to Canada or to study in Canada at all levels by emphasizing the quality of its tests and test research program and its position as a Canadian company competing against British/Australian (IELTS), American (ETS), and multi-national (Pearson) firms.


Our Testing Centres:

Paragon delivers its CELPIP tests at an expanding number of testing centres across Canada in partnership with educational institutions. CELPIP testing centres will also be opening in selected international cities in the near future.

The LPI test is delivered via test sittings that are open to the public at a number of universities and colleges throughout British Columbia and test sittings held at selected British Columbian secondary schools.  Additional test sittings are held in Calgary, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario; and Hong Kong, PRC.


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