YLE is also known as Cambridge English: Starters. This 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.
Young Learners English
“Starters” is the first of three Cambridge English: Young Learners tests. “Movers” is the next step in a child’s language learning journey. It is a great way to help children build on their language skills and make further progress in English. “Flyers” is the next step of a child’s language learning journey. It shows children can deal with written and spoken English at a basic level.
All three exams – Starters, Movers and Flyers are aimed at children in primary and lower secondary education. They are designed to test the four core language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). Each of the exams has three papers: a Listening paper, a Reading and Writing paper, and a Speaking paper. Each paper is worth a third of the total marks. Results are reported using shields as an indication of how well the candidate has done in each skill. A maximum of five shields are available per paper and a maximum of 15 shields are available in total. The exams are available in the pen-and-paper format. From January 2014 there are updated paper-based tests with new graphics designed to motivate young learners.
Cambridge English Language Assessment has also launched computer-based tests in some countries. This provides learners with a wider availability of test dates and faster results. Both formats of the exams have the same task types, topics, a number of questions, timings and marks. And both formats lead to the same certificate. Where the computer-based test differs is the speaking paper – in the computer-based Speaking test, children respond to audio and visual prompts, rather than to an examiner. Children answer a few warm-up questions to get them used to interact with an animated character