Young Learners (YLE)
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Designed to assess the English language skills of children aged between seven and twelve, the The Cambridge English Qualifications tests designed for young learners (YLE) are available at three assessment levels (Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers) that encourage children to work by monitoring their progress.

In Poland the Cambridge English Qualifications tests designed for young learners (YLE) are available in paper-based format.

Pre A1 Starters (YLE Starters)

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

Level of qualification: Preliminary.

Who should take this test?

Children who take the test are usually between the ages of 7 and 8, and have had about 100 hours of English lessons.

In the test your child will need to:

  • recognise colours in English
  • answer very simple questions about themselves
  • write short one-word answers to basic questions.

What happens when my child takes this test?

There is no pass or fail for the test. Your child can get a maximum of five shields for each part of the test. The number of shields they are awarded for each part will be shown on their certificate. They will receive the certificate about a month after taking the test.

Listening Reading and Writing Speaking
20 minutes
Maximum five shields
20 minutes
Maximum five shields
3-5 minutes
Maximum five shields

A1 Movers (YLE Movers)

A1 Movers (YLE Movers) is the second of three Cambridge English Qualifications tests designed for children between the ages of 7 and 12. This test will encourage your child to communicate in real-life situations in English and create a positive attitude to language tests.

Level of qualification: Beginner = A1 on the Common European Framework.

Who should take this test?

Children who take the test are usually between the ages of 8 and 11, and have had about 175 hours of English lessons.

In the test your child will need to:

  • understand basic instructions in English
  • fill out a simple form or respond to questions about themselves
  • answer questions and write down simple facts (such as days of the week, times or names) they hear or read in a children’s story.

What happens when my child takes this test?

There is no pass or fail for the test. Your child can get a maximum of five shields for each part of the test. The number of shields they are awarded for each part will be shown on their certificate. They will receive the certificate about a month after taking the test.

Listening Reading and Writing Speaking
25 minutes
Maximum five shields
30 minutes
Maximum five shields
5-7 minutes
Maximum five shields

A2 Flyers (YLE Flyers)

A2 Flyers (YLE Flyers) is the highest of three Cambridge English Qualifications tests designed for children between the ages of 7 and 12. This test shows that your child can understand simple English in everyday situations and can communicate in basic English.

Level of qualification: Elementary = A2 on the Common European Framework.

Who should take this test?

Children who take the test are usually between the ages of 9 and 12, and have been learning English as a second language for two to three years at school (about 250 hours of English classes). In the test your child will need to:

  • explain the differences between two stories or pictures
  • write or tell a short story in English
  • ask questions and use the past tense.

The Cambridge Qualifications: Flyers test is roughly equivalent to the Cambridge Qualifications: Key for Schools (KETfS) in terms of difficulty.

What happens when my child takes this test?

There is no pass or fail for the test. Your child can get a maximum of five shields for each part of the test. The number of shields they are awarded for each part will be shown on their certificate. They will receive their certificate about a month after taking the test.

Listening Reading and Writing Speaking
25 minutes
Maximum five shields
40 minutes
Maximum five shields
7-9 minutes
Maximum five shield

Sitting for Cambridge English: Young Learners tests in Poland

Register for the Cambridge English Qualifications test designed for young learners (YLE) in Poland.

Find out when and where you can sit for Cambridge English Qualifications tests designed for young learners (YLE) in Poland and the examination fees.  

Results from Cambridge English Qualifications testsare issued approximately 6-8 weeks after the exam date. Everyone who completes their test receives an award, which focuses on what they could do (not what they couldn’t do). It gives your child credit for having taken part in the test. 

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