Cambridge English:
Young Learners & KET

Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams

The Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams were created to help determine the students’ level of English language.   The exams aim to provide an interactive and fun way of learning in order to improve a child’s English and are targeted towards children aged between 4 and 12.  The exam is broken up into 3 assessment levels as follows:

 

Cambridge English: Starters

Starters is the first level of three for the Cambridge English series. It is typically designed for those in K3 to P2 and corresponds to the Pre-A1 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It is a step to encourage children to learn English in a fun and interesting manner and introduces essential English used in every-day life.

The exam is split into 3 components:
Listening paper: approx. 20 minutes
Reading and Writing paper: 20 minutes
Speaking paper: 3-5 minutes

 

Cambridge English: Movers

Movers is the second level of three for the Cambridge English series. It is recommended for those in P2 to P4 and corresponds to the A1 Level of the CEFR.  It takes on board what has been learnt in Starters and develops it further, enhancing your child’s English further.  

The exam is split into 3 components:
Listening paper: approx. 25 minutes
Reading and Writing paper: 30 minutes
Speaking paper: 5-7 minutes

 

Cambridge English: Flyers

The final level of the Cambridge English series, Flyers is recommended for students from P4 to P6 and corresponds to the A2 Level of the CEFR.  The exam will show that your child has a grasp of basic English phrases and sentences.

The exam is split into 3 components:
Listening paper: 25 minutes
Reading and Writing paper: 40 minutes
Speaking paper: 7-9 minutes

 

Exam Results:

For each exam your child takes, whether it is Starters, Movers or Flyers, there is no pass or fail for the exam.  Instead they will receive a maximum of five shields for each part of the exam: (1) Listening, (2) Reading and Writing and (3) Speaking, which will be presented on their certificate. 

 

Cambridge English: Key (KET) for Schools

The Cambridge English: Key or Key English Test (KET) as it is also known, is the next phase after the students have completed Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) and corresponds with A2 Level of the CEFR.  It seeks out to help students communicate using basic English in their day-to-day life.  They should be able to understand written information from various texts, e.g. newspapers and magazines, write short messages and notes, understand spoken announcements and take part in a conversation by answering and asking questions.

The exam is split into 3 components:
Listening paper: 30 minutes including 8 minutes transfer time (25% of total marks)
Reading and Writing paper: 1 hour 10 minutes (50% of total marks)
Speaking paper: 8-10 minutes per pair of candidates (25% of total marks)

 

Exam Results:
The results for the Cambridge English: Key (KET) for Schools exam ranges from Fail to Pass with Distinction, those that attain Level A1-B1 will receive a certificate:

Cambridge English: Key- Level B1: Pass with Distinction
For outstanding candidates who have occasionally demonstrated their English language skills passed Level A2 on the CEFR and scored 90-100 on the exam.  

Cambridge English: Key- Level A2: Pass with Merit or Pass
Candidates will be awarded the Key English Test certificate at CEFR Level A2 if they achieve a Pass with Merit (85-89 score) or Pass (70-84 score) in the exam.

Cambridge English: Key- Level A1
If candidates score 45-69 on the exam they will be awarded with a Cambridge English certificate highlighting that their English ability has been established at CEFR A1 Level.