Young Learners exams

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

Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) is a reliable and consistent measure of how well your child is doing in the skills of listening, speaking and reading and writing. Examinations are designed to make learning fun and children are encouraged by working towards certificates and earning the 'shields' that record their progress.

Cambridge English: 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 they are awarded for each part will be shown on their certificate. They will receive the certificate about a month after taking the test.

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) 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 they are awarded for each part will be shown on their certificate. They will receive the certificate about a month after taking the test.

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) 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 school (about 250 hours of English classes). In the test 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 test is roughly equivalent to the Cambridge English: Key for Schools (KETfS) in terms of difficulty.

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 they are awarded for each part will be shown on their certificate. They will receive their certificate about a month after taking the test.

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

Completed question papers are returned to Cambridge for marking. There is no pass or fail. Every candidate who attempts all three components receives an award indicating the quality of their performance. For each question paper, a candidate is awarded between one and five shields.

Cambridge English: Young Learner results are issued approximately eight weeks after the test date. Everyone who completes their test receives an award, which focuses on what they could do (not what they couldn’t do). It gives your child credit for having taken part in the test.