Young Learners (YLE)

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What is Cambridge English: Young Learners?

Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) is:

  • A series of fun and engaging activity-based English language tests.
  • They introduce primary and lower-secondary level students to everyday written and spoken English
  • They are an excellent way to gain confidence and improve their English.
  • With Cambridge English: Young Learners, teachers can motivate their students to learn English.
  • Parents can see the progress and achievements made.

 

Who are Young Learners exams for and why should I take them?

  • The tests are created for children and use topics they are familiar with.
  • All of the exams cover the four language skills: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
  • Students are encouraged to move through the three levels: Starters, Movers and Flyers.
    • Cambridge English: Starters is:
      • The first of three Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) tests for children
      • Pre-level A1 of the CEFR
    • Cambridge English: Movers is:
      • The second of three Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) tests for children
      • Level A1 of the CEFR
    • Cambridge English: Flyers is:
      • The third of three Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) tests for children
      • Level A2 of the CEFR

 

Cambridge English: Young Learners tests:

  • Introduce children to everyday written and spoken English.
  • Are an excellent way for them to gain confidence and improve their English.
  • The tests are written around familiar topics.
  • Focus on the skills needed to communicate effectively in English through listening, speaking, reading and writing.

 

 

What is the format of the exam?

YLE Starters YLE Movers YLE Flyers
Listening 20 minutes 25 minutes 25 minutes
Reading and Writing 20 minutes 30 minutes 40 minutes
Speaking 3 – 5 minutes 5 – 7 minutes 7 – 9 minutes

 

Your result

  • There is no pass or fail
  • All children receive an award which shows how many shields they have received.
  • The maximum score is five shields for each part of the test.
  • A result of one shield means a child can improve a lot in that skill.
  • Five shields mean that a child did very well in that skill and answered most questions correctly.
  • Children should be ready to start preparing for the next Cambridge English exam if they achieve a total of 10 or 11 shields, or above.

Next available exams

Exam Main exam date Fee Closing date Speaking test Fee after closing date Available places PB/CB
Cambridge English - Young Learners (YLE)27/07/2019From £5427/06/201927/07/2019From £79PB

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