+ What’s Pre A1 Starters?

Pre A1 Starters (YLE Starters) is the first of three Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) tests for children between the ages of 7 and 12. The test will encourage your child to learn English from an early age and create a positive attitude to language tests.

+ What do children receive after doing the test?

All candidates who complete Pre A1 Starters test receive a certificate. There is no pass or fail result. Every child who takes the test should feel they have achieved something important. On their certificate, candidates will see shields for Listening, Reading and Writing, and Speaking. The maximum score for each is five bold shields. One bold shield means that the child took the test but can still improve a lot in this part of the test. Five bold shields mean that the child did very well in this part of the test. There is information on the back of the certificate showing how the exams are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at levels pre A1, A1 and A2. Results are also mapped to the Cambridge English Scale, which is designed to complement the CEFR. Certificates usually arrive three to four weeks after the test or earlier. If you need to check when your certificate will arrive, contact the exam centre.

+ Do you use British or American English in the test?

British and American English terms are included in the vocabulary lists for the tests. Versions of the Listening test contain both British and American accents and throughout the test answers given in either standard British English or standard American English are accepted.

+ Where can I find more information about Pre A1 Starters?

For more information about Pre A1 Starters, visit: https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/starters/