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Pre A1 Starters

  • Pre A1 Starters
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Pre A1 Starters, formerly known as Cambridge English: Starters (YLE Starters), is one of our Cambridge English Qualifications. It is the start of a child’s language learning journey.

Pre A1 Starters is the first of three Cambridge English Qualifications designed for young learners. These tests introduce children to everyday written and spoken English and are an excellent way for them to gain confidence and improve their English.

The tests are written around familiar topics and focus on the skills needed to communicate effectively in English through listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Key facts

CEFR level:Pre-level A1 
Test format:Paper-based
No. of papers:
Test length:About 45 minutes

Pre A1 Starters can help your child take their first step towards:

  • understanding basic English content on the internet
  • enjoying books, songs, television and films in English
  • making friends globally.

Reasons to choose Pre A1 Starters

  • There’s no pass or fail – every child gets a Cambridge English certificate which celebrates their achievements.
  • The test uses realistic everyday situations to bring learning to life.
  • The test covers all major varieties of English (e.g. British English, American English).
  • We have a huge range of free and paid-for support.

Test format

Pre A1 Starters is made up of three papers developed to encourage and motivate young learners. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below.

Paper Content Marks
Listening (about 20 minutes)
4 parts/ 20 questions
a maximum of five shields
Reading and Writing (20 minutes)
5 parts/ 25 questions
a maximum of five shields
Speaking (3–5 minutes)
4 parts
a maximum of five shields

Linked to the CEFR, Can Do statements show what a learner can do at each level. Read the Can Do statements for Starters, Movers and Flyers.

  • Listening
  • Reading and Writing
  • Speaking
  • What’s in the Listening paper?

Pre A1 Starters Listening test has four parts. Each part begins with one or two examples. Children will hear each recording twice. 

Summary
Time allowed:
About 20 minutes
Number of parts:
4
Number of questions:
20
Marks:
a maximum of five shields
Part 1
What's in Part 1?

A big picture which shows people doing different things. Above and below the picture, there are some names. Children have to listen carefully to a conversation between an adult and a child and draw a line from each name to the correct person on the big picture. 

What should children practise?
Listening for names and descriptions.
How many questions are there?
5
Part 2
What's in Part 2?

A short conversation between a child and an adult, and some questions. Children listen to the recording and write the correct answer (a name or a number) after each question. 

What should children practise?
Listening for numbers and spelling.
How many questions are there?
5
Part 3
What's in Part 3?

Five short conversations between different pairs of people. For each conversation there is a question and three pictures. Children need to listen carefully to each conversation and choose the right answer (A, B or C). 

What should children practise?
Listening for specific information.
How many questions are there?
5
Part 4
What's in Part 4?

A big picture which has seven examples of the same object (for example, seven balls or seven books). Children need to listen carefully to a conversation between an adult and a child, and colour each object using the colour they say in the conversation. 

What should children practise?
Listening for words, colours and prepositions.
How many questions are there?
5
  • What’s in the Reading and Writing paper?

Pre A1 Starters Reading and Writing test has five parts. Each part begins with one or two examples. For all parts of the Reading and Writing test, children must spell their answers correctly. 

Summary
Time allowed:
About 20 minutes
Number of parts:
4
Number of questions:
25
Marks:
a maximum of five shields
Part 1
What's in Part 1?

Five pictures of objects. Under each picture there is a sentence which begins ‘This is a …’ or ‘These are …’. If the sentence is correct, children should put a tick next to the picture. If the sentence is not true, they should put a cross. 

What should children practise?
Reading short sentences and recognising words.
How many questions are there?
5
Part 2
What's in Part 2?

A big picture and some sentences about it. If the sentence is correct, children should write ‘yes’; if the sentence is not true, they should write ‘no’. 

What should children practise?
Reading sentences about a picture. Writing one-word answers.
How many questions are there?
5
Part 3
What's in Part 3?

Five pictures of objects. Children have to find the right word in English for the object. After each picture there are some dashes (- - -) to show how many letters are in the word, and some jumbled letters. Children have to put the jumbled letters in the right order to make the word.

What should children practise?
Spelling single words.
How many questions are there?
5
Part 4
What's in Part 4?

A semi-factual text which has some missing words (gaps). Below the text there is a box with some pictures and words. Children have to choose the right word from the box and copy it into each gap. 

What should children practise?
Reading a text and writing missing words (nouns).
How many questions are there?
5
Part 5
What's in Part 5?

Three pictures which tell a story. Each picture has one or two questions. Children have to look at the pictures and write the answer to each question. They only have to write one word for each answer. ren have to choose the right word from the box and copy it into each gap. 

What should children practise?
Reading questions about a picture story. Writing one-word answers.
How many questions are there?
5
  • What’s in the Speaking paper?

Pre A1 Starters Speaking test has four parts. Children take the test alone with the examiner, but someone they know who speaks their language (like their teacher) will introduce them to the examiner and explain what to do in their own language. 

Summary
Time allowed:
About 20 minutes
Number of parts:
4
Number of questions:
25
Marks:
a maximum of five shields
Part 1
What's in Part 1?

Five pictures of objects. Under each picture there is a sentence which begins ‘This is a …’ or ‘These are …’. If the sentence is correct, children should put a tick next to the picture. If the sentence is not true, they should put a cross. 

What should children practise?
Reading short sentences and recognising words.
How many questions are there?
5
Part 2
What's in Part 2?

A big picture and some sentences about it. If the sentence is correct, children should write ‘yes’; if the sentence is not true, they should write ‘no’. 

What should children practise?
Reading sentences about a picture. Writing one-word answers.
How many questions are there?
5
Part 3
What's in Part 3?

Five pictures of objects. Children have to find the right word in English for the object. After each picture there are some dashes (- - -) to show how many letters are in the word, and some jumbled letters. Children have to put the jumbled letters in the right order to make the word.

What should children practise?
Spelling single words.
How many questions are there?
5
Part 4
What's in Part 4?

A semi-factual text which has some missing words (gaps). Below the text there is a box with some pictures and words. Children have to choose the right word from the box and copy it into each gap. 

What should children practise?
Reading a text and writing missing words (nouns).
How many questions are there?
5
Part 5
What's in Part 5?

Three pictures which tell a story. Each picture has one or two questions. Children have to look at the pictures and write the answer to each question. They only have to write one word for each answer. ren have to choose the right word from the box and copy it into each gap. 

What should children practise?
Reading questions about a picture story. Writing one-word answers.
How many questions are there?
5

Preparation

Free: Paper-based sample test

You can download the Listening sample tests from the introduction page of the sample papers.

Handbook

Word List and Word List Picture Book

The colourful Pre A1 Starters Word List Picture Book has many of the words children have to learn for the Pre A1 Starters test. 

The Pre A1 Starters classroom activities book will help children get better at English and learn new words. 

The Pre A1 Starters progress charts for students and teachers will help motivate learners. 

Speaking test videos with examiners' commentary

These videos will help your students understand what happens during a speaking test. You can also download examiner comments for each video.

Test dates

Exam fee: 28000

Exam date – On demand

Pre A1 Starters test is on demand and requires at least three candidates to run the test. 

Children take all their test papers within a period of five days. The Listening paper is always taken before the Reading and Writing paper.

 

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