The Cambridge Young Learners English (YLE) Tests are aimed at assessing the level of English of children between the ages of 7 and 12 in a non-intimidating way. They aim to:

  • sample relevant and meaningful language use
  • measure ability accurately and fairly
  • present a positive impression of international tests
  • promote and encourage effective learning and teaching

Working up through three key levels – Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers, A2 Flyers – the tests provide a gentle introduction to the Cambridge Assessment English Main Suite examinations as young learners move into adolescence.

Test Components

Reading and Writing

This is a paper-and-pencil test which lasts 20 minutes (Pre A1 Starters), 30 minutes (A1 Movers) and 40 minutes (A2 Flyers). Texts are short and measured by a specified set of words and structures. Candidates perform simple operations such as selecting and ticking, writing words and phrases in gaps, or answering open-ended questions.


This is also a paper-and-pencil test which lasts approximately 20 minutes (Pre A1 Starters) and 25 minutes (A1 Movers and A2 Flyers). As with the Reading and Writing paper, texts are limited in the language assessed to what is specified in the test specifications. Candidates listen to short recorded dialogues involving both child and adult speakers, and perform simple operations such as drawing lines, selecting, matching and colouring.


This is a face-to-face test which lasts 5 minutes (Pre A1 Starters), 7 minutes (A1 Movers) and 9 minutes (A2 Flyers) with one suitably qualified, experienced and trained examiner to one candidate. Candidates perform various activities in response to visual prompts from the examiner, and they also give simple information about themselves.

Test Schedule and Fees

Cambridge English Qualifications

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All components of the Cambridge Young Learners English (YLE) Tests are tested on the same day. The actual test dates are, however, set at the discretion of CEFL Headquarters, taking into account the needs and conditions of CEFL Centres.


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All written test papers are sent to Cambridge Assessment International Education for marking, which is completed within two weeks. Results are issued within one month of the test dates, allowing for despatch time.

Every candidate who sits for all three components of a Cambridge Young Learners English Test receives an award, which has a maximum of five shields (Cambridge shields) for each test component.

If you have any questions about your results, contact the CEFL centre where you registered for the exam.

Click here to contact the Cambridge Assessment English Centre Exams Manager for more information if you are a walk-in/external candidate or feeder school representative.

Click here for further information on the CEFL YLE courses.