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Designed to assess the English language skills of children aged between seven and twelve, the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams are available at three assessment levels (Starters, Movers and Flyers) that encourage children to work by monitoring their progress.

Cambridge English: Young Learners Starters (YLE Starters)

Cambridge English: Starters is the first of three Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) tests for children between the ages of 7 and 12. This test will encourage your child to learn English from an early age and create a positive attitude to language tests.

Level of qualification: Preliminary.

Who should take this test?

Children who take the test are usually between the ages of 7 and 8, and have had about 100 hours of English lessons. 
In the test, your child will need to:

  • recognise colours in English
  • answer very simple questions about themselves
  • write short one-word answers to basic questions

What happens when my child takes this test?

There is no pass or fail for the test. Your child can get a maximum of five shields for each part of the test. The number of shields children are awarded for each part will be shown on their certificate. They will receive the certificate about a month after taking the test.

READING AND WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
20 min
Maximum five shields
20 min
Maximum five shields
3-5 min
Maximum five shields

Cambridge English: Young Learners Movers (YLE Movers)

Cambridge English: Movers is the second of three Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) tests for children between the ages of 7 and 12. This test will encourage your child to communicate in real-life situations in English and create a positive attitude to language tests.

Level of qualification: Beginner = A1 on the Common European Framework.

Who should take this test?

Children who take the test are usually between the ages of 8 and 11, and have had about 175 hours of English lessons.
In the test, your child will need to:

  • understand basic instructions in English
  • fill out a simple form or respond to questions about themselves
  • answer questions and write down simple facts (such as days of the week, times or names) they hear or read in a children’s story

What happens when my child takes this test?

There is no pass or fail for the test. Your child can get a maximum of five shields for each part of the test. The number of shields children are awarded for each part will be shown on their certificate. They will receive the certificate about a month after taking the test.

READING AND WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
30 min
Maximum five shields
25 min
Maximum five shields
5-7 min
Maximum five shields

Cambridge English: Young Learners Flyers (YLE Flyers)

Cambridge English: Flyers is the highest of three Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) tests for children between the ages of 7 and 12. This test shows that your child can understand simple English in everyday situations and can communicate in basic English.

Level of qualification: Elementary = A2 on the Common European Framework.

Who should take this test?

Children who take the test are usually between the ages of 9 and 12, and have been learning English as a second language for two to three years at shcool (about 250 hours of English classes).
In the test, your test will need to:

  • explain the differences between two stories or pictures
  • write or tell a short story in English
  • ask questions and use the past tense

The Cambridge English: Flyers test is roughly equivalent to the Cambridge English: Key and Key for Schools (KET/KET FS) in terms of difficulty.

What happens when my child takes this test?

There is no pass or fail to the test. Your child can get a maximum of five shields for each part of the test. The number of shields children are awarded for each part will be shown on their certificate. They will receive the certificate about a month after taking the test.

READING AND WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
40 min
Maximum five shields
25 min
Maximum five shields
7-9 min 
Maximum five shields

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What to expect on exam day?

Results for paper based exams are available between four and six weeks after you take the exam, and for computer based, two weeks after you take the exam. 

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