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Giving children a head start in English

Cambridge English: Young Learners is a series of fun, motivating English Language Tests, aimed at primary students. There are three activity-based tests – Starters, Movers and Flyers. This gives students a clear path to improve in English.

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.

Cambridge English: Starters

Cambridge English: Starters is the start of a child’s language learning journey. The test introduces them to everyday written and spoken English in a fun and motivating way.

It is made up of three papers - you can see exactly what’s in each paper below.

Paper

Reading and Writing

Listening

Speaking

Time allowed

20 minutes

20 minutes aprox.

3-5 minutes

Content

5 parts / 25 questions

4 parts / 20 questions

5 parts

Tasks

- Decide if pictures match the words next to them. 

- Decide if a picture matches sentences about it.

- Use given letters to name objects in pictures.

- Choose correct words to fill gaps in a short text.

- Answer questions about a picture story.

- Match objects outside a picture with the place they should go inside a picture.

- Answer questions about a child or an animal.

- Choose the picture with the correct information.

- Choose an object in a picture and a correct colour.

- Find things in a big picture.

- Choose correct object cards and understand prepositions.

- Give short answers to questions about a big picture.

- Give short answers to questions about objects.

- Answer questions about you.

Cambridge English: Movers

Cambridge English: Movers is the next step in a child’s language learning journey, after taking Cambridge English: Starters. It is a great way to help children build on their language skills and make further progress in English.

These are the contents and format of the exam:

Paper

Reading and Writing

Listening

Speaking

Time allowed

30 minutes

25 minutes approx.

5-7 minutes

Content

6 parts / 40 questions

5 parts / 25 questions

4 questions

Tasks

- Match pictures/words with describing sentences.

- Decide if a picture matches sentences about it.

- Choose the right answer to questions.

- Choose correct pictures/ words to fill gaps in a short story and the correct title for the story.

- Find words in a story to complete sentences.

- Choose the right words to fill gaps in a short text.

- Match names outside a picture with the people that are inside a picture.

- Answer questions about a place, trip, party etc.

- Match days of the week with different activity pictures.

- Choose the picture with the correct information.

- Choose the right parts of a picture and understand colouring and drawing instructions.

- Find differences between two pictures (objects, colours, numbers, positions etc.).

- Talk about pictures that
tell a story.

- Choose a picture that is different from three others.

- Answer questions about you.

Cambridge English: Flyers

Cambridge English: Flyers is the next step of a child’s language learning journey, after taking Cambridge English: Movers. It is a great way to show children can deal with everyday written and spoken English at a basic level. 

Cambridge English: Flyers is the highest level of three fun, motivating Cambridge English: Young Learners tests, aimed at children in primary and lower secondary education. The table below shows the contents of each paper:

Paper

Reading and Writing

Listening

Speaking

Time allowed

40 minutes

25 minutes approx.

7-9 minutes

Content

7 parts / 50 questions

5 parts / 25 questions

4 parts

Tasks

- Match words with describing sentences.

- Decide if a picture matches sentences about it.

- Choose the correct missing parts of a
conversation.

- Choose correct words to fill gaps in a short story and the correct title for the story.

- Find words in a story to complete sentences.

- Choose the right word to fill gaps in a short text.

- Think of words to complete a diary or
message text.

- Match names outside a picture with the people that are inside a picture.

- Answer questions about a place, trip, party etc.

- Match people or objects in one set with pictures of objects in another set.

- Choose the picture with the correct information.

- Choose the correct parts of a picture and understand colouring, drawing and writing instructions.

- Find differences between two pictures (objects, colours, numbers, positions, actions etc.).

- Ask for and give information about two similar situations.

- Talk about pictures that tell a story.

- Answer questions about you.

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