cambridge English test, young learners, YLE

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

 

Cambridge English: Starters

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

Who should take this exam?

Children who take the exam are usually between the ages of five and eight, and are studying Kindergarten 3 to Primary 2 in Hong Kong.

In the exam 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 exam?

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

Listening Reading and Writing Speaking
20 mins
Maximum five shields
20 mins
Maximum five shields
3-5 mins
Maximum five shields

Cambridge English: Movers

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

Exam sessions for computer-based: Movers are also available. The exam format is the same as the paper-based exam which includes a listening test, a reading and writing test and a speaking test. A microphone and headset will be used to record your child's speaking tests on the computers. They may use the mouse or onscreen virtual keyboard to answer questions for the listening, reading and writing tests. Registration ends one week before the exam date so it gives you and your child much more flexibility when choosing your preferred exam dates.

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

Who should take this exam?

Children who take the exam are usually between the ages of seven and eleven, and are studying Primary 2 to Primary 5 in Hong Kong.

In the exam 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 exam?

There is no pass or fail for the exam. Your child can get a maximum of five shields for each part of the exam. The number of shields they are awarded for each part will be shown on their certificate. They will receive the certificate about a month (paper-based version) or two weeks (computer-based version) after taking the exam.

Listening Reading and Writing Speaking
25 mins
Maximum five shields
30 mins
Maximum five shields
5-7 mins
Maximum five shields

Cambridge English: Flyers

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

Exam sessions for computer-based: Flyers are also available. The exam format is the same as the paper-based exam which includes a listening test, a reading and writing test and a speaking test. A microphone and headset will be used to record your child's speaking tests on the computers. They may use the mouse or onscreen virtual keyboard to answer questions for the listening, reading and writing tests. Registration ends one week before the exam date so it gives you and your child much more flexibility when choosing your preferred exam dates.

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

Who should take this exam?

Children who take the exam are usually between the ages of eight and twelve, and are studying Primary 3 to Primary 6 in Hong Kong.

In the exam your child 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 exam is equivalent to the Cambridge English: Key for Schools (KETfS).

What happens when my child takes this exam?

There is no pass or fail for the exam. Your child can get a maximum of five shields for each part of the exam. The number of shields they are awarded for each part will be shown on their certificate. They will receive their certificate about a month (paper-based version) or two weeks (computer-based version) after taking the exam.

Listening Reading and Writing Speaking
25 mins
Maximum five shields
40 mins
Maximum five shields
7-9 mins
Maximum five shields