What level are the tests?
There are 3 tests: Starters, Movers (level A1) and Flyers (level A2).
The tests offer natural progression towards other Cambridge English exams for schools so your child can continue to build up confidence in English step by step giving your child a clear path to improve in English and you will see how your child is progressing, according to internationally recognised standards. The tests can act as a stepping stone to other Cambridge ESOL exams. As the highest level test, Flyers is roughly equivalent in language level to KET (Key English Test). It can serve as an appropriate bridge to KET or a step leading to PET (Preliminary English Test), as learners move into adolescence. Thousands of parents around the world choose these tests to give their children a focus for their learning.
What do the tests involve?
YLE has three papers:
Reading and Writing
Texts are short and constrained by a specified set of words and structures. Children perform simple operations such as selecting and ticking, writing words and phrases in gaps, or answering open-ended questions.
Texts are limited in the language assessed to what is specified in the test specifications. Children listen to short recorded dialogues involving both child and adult speakers, and perform simple operations such as drawing lines, selecting, matching and colouring.
This is a face-to-face test which lasts between 5 and 10 minutes with suitably qualified, experienced and trained Examiners. Children perform various activities in response to prompts from the examiner using visual prompts, and give simple information about themselves.