Paragon Testing Enterprises, a subsidiary of The University of British Columbia, is inviting individuals to experience a college and university level English language proficiency test for FREE.
To be eligible for the free pilot test, individuals must be at least two of the following:
- Between the ages of 17 and 25
- A non-native English speaker
- Enrolled in an undergraduate- or graduate-level college or university program
- Enrolled in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program
- Enrolled in an English as a Second Language (ESL) program
Why should you take the pilot test?
- Get a free movie ticket after completing the pilot test!
- Practice taking academic listening, speaking, reading, and writing questions in a real test environment.
- Gain experience and confidence taking a computer delivered test.
- Receive detailed Listening and Reading scores that are broken down into four categories: overall, understanding general meaning, understanding specific details and making inferences. Scores are reported as percentages making it easier for test takers to know how many questions they answered correctly in each category and what category they may need to focus on.
Note: Scores are not given for the Speaking and Writing components of the test.
What is expected of the participants?
The entire pilot test will be approximately 3.5 hours and will include the following:
- Computer delivery: participants will complete the pilot test over the computer.
- Practice four skills: the pilot test will assess skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English in an academic context.
Your personal information, test scores, and feedback will be kept confidential. Your personal information will not be sold to other organisations for any reason.
Where is the pilot test project held?
We offer test locations at our Vancouver and Toronto test centres, as well as at Ashton Testing Services in Vancouver.
Our Vancouver office is located at:
110-2925 Virtual Way
Broadway Tech Centre
Vancouver, BC V5M4X5
Our Toronto office is located at:
801-180 Bloor Street W.
Toronto, ON M5S2V6
Ashton Testing Services is located at:
410-1190 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 3W1
When is the pilot test project held?
Pilot test sittings will be held at our Vancouver and Toronto offices on Friday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 4th.
An additional pilot test sitting will be held at Ashton Testing Services on Thursday, February 23rd.
Can participants withdraw at any point?
The test is voluntary, so participants can withdraw at any time.
If participants withdraw, can they still get paid?
Please note that any participants who do not complete the pilot test may not receive the honorarium.
How is Paragon analyzing the data?
Data will be analyzed by Paragon Testing Enterprises on secure computers and secure networks
What do I need to know about my scores?
You will receive scores for the Listening and Reading components of the test. The scores cannot be used for official purposes, but they can indicate your performance compared to a larger population of second language learners.
Will Paragon pay for travel to the test centre?
The amount of the honorarium has been established to account for participant expenses.