Young Learners English (YLE)

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About the YLE

The YLE test has three levels - Starters, Movers & Flyers – designed to measure how well 7-12 year olds are doing in the four key language areas: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The structure of the test is the same at all three levels, though the length and difficulty increases. The information below gives an outline of the type of questions and tasks the test will contain, but this is only a guide.

Starters

  • Listening: They will listen to a few recorded conversations and then answer some simple questions about what they have heard.
  • Reading and writing: They will answer some multi-choice questions, based on a large picture. They’ll also have to complete a missing word in a simple sentence by rearranging jumbled letters.
  • Speaking:  They will answer some simple questions about objects in a large picture; you’ll also be asked questions about their friends, family, hobbies etc.

Learn more about preparing for YLE Starters at the Cambridge website.

Movers

  • Listening: They will listen to a few recorded conversations and then complete some missing words from the conversation. For another series of conversations, they’ll have to choose the picture that best illustrates what’s being said.
  • Reading and writing:  They will match words with possible definitions. They’ll also have to fill in the missing word in a number of sentences.
  • Speaking: They will tell a simple story based on a sequence of pictures they’re shown. They’ll also have to describe the differences between two nearly identical pictures. Plus, they’ll be asked to talk a bit about themselves – their friends, family, school and hobbies.

Learn more about preparing for YLE Movers at the Cambridge website.

Flyers

  • Listening: They will listen to a few recorded conversations and then match pictures of people named in the conversations with other named places or objects. For another series of conversations, they’ll have to choose the picture that best illustrates what’s being said.
  • Reading and writing: They will match words with possible definitions. They’ll also see descriptions for a series of pictures and will have to decide if they’re correct or not. They’ll also read one half of a conversation and then choose the second speaker’s answers from a list of possible responses.
  • Speaking: They will answer questions about a picture, and then ask questions about another, similar picture. Plus, they’ll be asked to talk about yourself – their friends, family, school and hobbies.

Learn more about preparing for YLE Flyers at the Cambridge website.

How to prepare for YLE

There is a wide range of support to help you prepare for your exam. Take a look at the Cambridge ESOL exam preparation site. You can download many free materials, such as a short booklet about the exam, information for candidates, sample exam papers and sound files for the Listening Test materials.

Do you have a disability?

If you have a disability, please contact your local British Council Exams centre to find out how we can help. You can also get more information on the Cambridge exams site.