Lingnan University is teaming up with the University of British Columbia to offer an online English language testing system to rival alternatives such as the IELTS. Stanley Knight, research associate with UBC's Applied Research and Evaluation Services, which developed and runs the Canadian English Language Index Programme (CELPIP) and its academic alternative, the Language Proficiency Index (LPI), said the tests were unusual in that they were computer-based and could be sat in one three-hour sitting. The CELPIP, which will be offered to Hong Kong students this year, includes reading, writing, listening and speaking elements. Dr Knight said it was the only Canadian test approved by Canadian immigration, although International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council and IDP Education Australia, was also recognised. 'In Hong Kong the CELPIP can be used for immigration or as an English proficiency test for university entrance or for job seekers as a skills test,' said Dr Knight. 'Students should have the opportunity of doing a computer-based, one-sitting test. It meets the needs of the contemporary user. Some feel they can demonstrate their proficiency better on a computer than with handwriting.'