Paragon Testing Enterprises

UBC Logo


UBC Paragon Lecture Series – Second Invited Address

Paragon Testing Enterprises          Paragon Testing Enterprises a subsidiary of The University of British Columbia

Paragon Testing Enterprises and The University of British Columbia are proud to present the second lecture in the UBC-Paragon Lecture Series, “Talk in Tests:  A Micro-analytic Perspective on Intimacy, Interaction and Affect in Computer-based Assessment“, presented by Bryan Maddox, PhD, University of East Anglia, U.K.

Where: Scarfe 310, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia
When: Thursday March 16, 2017, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


This lecture will examine the presence and status of talk in computer-based educational tests, and what it can tell us about embodied assessment performance and the ecology of testing situations. I will describe how video-ethnographic methods can be used to capture “missing data” on talk and gesture that usually flies under the radar of conventional studies of assessment performance and validity. The lecture will present transcripts and video animations from real-life assessment events observed in the OECD Adult Skills Survey (PIAAC). These allow us to dig deep into the roles of the computer and interviewer in the management of the testing situation and to investigate the character of human-computer-human interaction. I will conclude by discussing the potential of a micro-analytic approach to inform large-scale data analysis and machine learning.

About the Speaker

UBC Paragon Testing Enterprises lecture Bryan Maddox, PhD

Bryan Maddox, PhD.

Dr. Bryan Maddox is a senior lecturer in Education and International Development at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, and a Director of the Laboratory of International Assessment Studies He is an accomplished ethnographer with experience of research on literacy practices and literacy acquisition in South Asia. His ethnographic research with UNESCO and the OECD has focused on International Large-Scale Assessments (ILSAs). Dr. Maddox has developed a ‘micro-analytic’ approach to assessment research. It combines small-scale, ethnographic observations of ‘real-life’ assessment practice with larger-scale data. Those observations are used to inform understanding of assessment design, performance and validity.




UBC-Paragon Lecture Series

The Lecture Series is one of several initiatives that stem from the partnership among the University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus) Faculty of Education, UBC Office of the Provost, and Paragon Testing Enterprises (a subsidiary of the University of British Columbia). This research initiative, its component activities, and collaboration with Paragon Testing enhance UBC’s standing as a global leader in research and graduate student training in the field of the statistical science of measurement and highlights UBC’s Faculty of Education as the Canadian centre of excellence drawing on visiting scholars and scientists to collaborate with researchers and interact with graduate students in the field.

CAEL CE (Computer Edition) Coming Soon

CAEL Computer Edition

Paragon Testing Enterprises is pleased to announce that an improved version of the CAEL Assessment will be available in 2017 to test takers in Canada who are seeking admission to Canadian universities and colleges. We are calling this improved, fully computerized version of the test CAEL CE where CE stands for Computer Edition.

More information will be made available on our website in the coming weeks.

Want to be the first to experience CAEL CE? We are now offering the CAEL CE Pretest. The Pretest is a free opportunity for test takers to experience and practice taking the computerized CAEL CE in a real test environment. For a limited time, complete the CAEL CE Pretest and receive 50% off a future CAEL Test.


Check out the updated CAEL logo!

logo transformation

Paragon Testing Enterprises is pleased to introduce the updated CAEL logo. The new design incorporates Paragon’s official typeface, colours, and leaf design to more closely match Paragon’s family of tests, which includes the CELPIP Test and the LPI Test.

Logo family

Paragon’s Dr. Bruno Zumbo Awarded 2016 UBC Killam Research Prize

Paragon Testing Enterprises is pleased to announce that Dr. Bruno Zumbo, who currently holds the Paragon UBC Professorship in Psychometrics and Measurement, has been awarded the 2016 UBC Killam Research Prize.

UBC Killam Research Prizes recognize outstanding research and scholarly contributions from both junior and senior scholars. Winners were selected by UBC’s Faculty Research Award Committee, which spans arts and humanities, applied science, science, and medicine.

Dr. Bruno Zumbo Paragon UBC Professor of Psychometrics and Measurement 2016 UBC Killam Research Award WinnerDr. Bruno Zumbo has been awarded the 2016 UBC Killam Research Prize in the Senior Scholar, Arts & Humanities category. Up to ten prizes in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded annually to full-time faculty members in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions. In response to receiving the award: “It is inspiring to receive an award like this. For me research and teaching go hand in hand, one shaping and informing the other; therefore, this Killam Research Prize will proudly be displayed next to my Killam Teaching Award from 2011/2012. I wish to thank the nominators within UBC and the referees for their time, energy, and care. I share this recognition with my research collaborators as well as current and former graduate students from whom I learn every day, and who make my scholarly life full and rich.” – Bruno Zumbo, Ph.D., Paragon UBC Professor of Psychometrics and Measurement.

Learn more

CELPIP Now Available at TEPTH in Dubai!

Paragon Testing Enterprises is pleased to announce the first international test sittings for the CELPIP-General Test, which are now available in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Test sittings are now open for registration with our test centre in Dubai, The Exam Preparation & Testing House (TEPTH).

The first test sitting on Friday, February 24, 2017 is already full. However, a second test sitting on Saturday, February 25th has been opened.

TEPTH, International Test Centre for CELPIP in Dubai