Cambridge Young Learners Exams

Cambridge English Language Assessment

Prepare your child for a bright future.

If children learn English when they are young, they will have a significant advantage after they leave school. Cambridge exams are valued all over the world, and with Cambridge English proficiency, students can access the best education and life opportunities.

“Prepare a brighter future for your children. “An advanced level of English, supported by an internationally recognized language proficiency, opens the doors to a world of opportunities.”

How do “Cambridge English for Schools” exams help your child learn English?

These exams  were designed and developed with the aim of motivating students in the first and second stages of basic education . They cover all four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. These exams contribute to the learning process by covering the subjects that children know and developing the skills they need to have in line with the purposes stated below.

  • English development
  • Understand books, television programmes, movies, songs, podcasts and other media in English
  • making friends from around the world
  • traveling the world
  • studying at a university or college, either in one's own country or in another country
  • Finding a job, whether in one's own country or abroad, and using English in business life .

There are free and fun learning activities that your child can do alone, with other students, and with you as a family. In addition, many practical exams and support materials are provided to help your child prepare for the exam.

Which Cambridge English exam is the right exam for your child?
  • Your child can progress through a series of carefully structured exams to help develop all four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    Taking exams at the right level, from beginner to advanced, and being successful in these exams will help your child gain self-confidence. Your child will become more skilled and more fluent in English at every step.All their exams are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) , an internationally recognized standard for describing language ability   . This makes it easier for employers and educational institutions to see children's  progress in English  and understand their skills when they finish school.

Watch video to understand CEFR (English)

  • What is the CEFR?

Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) 

(CEFR pre-A1, A1, A2 Levels) Three fun, activity-based quizzes to
motivate students and  show their progress in learning English.

Cambridge English: Key (KET) for Schools 

(CEFR Level A2) It shows
that your child  can use everyday English at a basic level  .

Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) for Schools 

(CEFR B1 Level)

Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools 

(CEFR Level B2) It shows that your child can use daily written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level
for business or educational purposes  .

(CEFR Level C1) is an internationally recognized standard
for studying and working in English-speaking countries  .

(CEFR C2 Level)

Motivate and support your child in learning English and preparing for the exam
  • Our exams are designed and developed to motivate students; However, you can also support your child at home. We have a range of resources you can use to help your child practice and prepare for the exam.

You can read the information catalog by clicking the link below. (English PDF 591kb)

Free Resources and Support

The materials you can use free of charge are provided in the links below.

Sample Exam Papers for Candidates 

You can make sure you are familiar with your child's exam format by looking at exam papers together and downloading other free resources.

Speaking Exam Videos

Cambridge English: Starters, Penelope

Cambridge English: Movers, Arthur

Cambridge English: Flyers, Marta

Word Lists

The words that children must learn in the Starters, Movers and Flyers exam are given in the links below.

Cambridge English: Starters Word List

Cambridge English: Movers Word List 

Cambridge English: Flyers Word List

Illustrated Word List Book

You can use this book to help your child improve his English level and learn new words. This book contains most of the vocabulary your child needs to know for the Cambridge English: Starters exam.

You can benefit from this book for free by clicking the link below.

Games and Social Media

A growing number of fun, interactive games and social networking opportunities below support students in their English learning process.

Cambridge English Penfriends

Support your child's school  to enroll in Cambridge English Penfriends  ; so your child can design cards and send them to students in schools around the world.

You and your child   can practice your English, take quizzes and get learning tips
on the Cambridge English Facebook page , which has over 200,000 followers (as per Facebook's policy, users must be over 13 years of age).


You and your child   can watch videos with tips on learning English and exams on the Cambridge English TV YouTube channel.

Monkey Puzzles

Visit monkey attractions and play 8 mini games to test your English level. Earn the right to play new games as you progress; But remember that the games get harder as you progress!

  • Exam level: Young Learners (Starters, Movers, Flyers)
  • CEFR level: A1-A2
  • Skills practiced: Reading

Play Monkey Puzzles

Academy Island
An unknown life form from outer space comes to earth and needs to learn English to get along. Progress through levels of varying difficulty by helping the alien speak English through a variety of activities, such as bake shopping or visiting places like the art gallery and library.

  • Exam level: Preliminary, (PET), First (FCE), Advanced (CAE)
  • CEFR level: B1-C1
  • Skills practiced: Reading

Play Academy Island

 Apple App Store Materials

Download Cambridge English: Starters app free from the Apple app store

Download Cambridge English: Movers app free from the Apple app store

Download Cambridge English: Flyers app free from the Apple app store

What do teachers and students say about our exams?

This quiz is really useful for me. My English level has improved considerably. Since I live in a foreign country where the daily language is English and English is not my native language, daily life is now much easier for me thanks to exam preparations.
Gisela Raab, Cambridge English: First for Schools candidate, Germany

Oh, we are proud to hold the prestigious Cambridge English certificate.
Germaine Teh Jhee Wei, Cambridge English: Young Learners candidate, Thailand

Preparing for a Cambridge English exam is extremely motivating for students.
Mark Thomas, English Teacher, VHS Berlin-Pankow, Germany

Since I wanted to go to the USA after graduating from school,   I decided to take the Cambridge English: Preliminary exam. And I think this exam  is useful for my career  .
Daniel Butz, Cambridge English: Preliminary candidate, Germany

Preparing students for Cambridge exams from an early age, step by step and in a safe classroom environment,  will enable them to be successful at all levels in the future  . In a short time, they will see that they can do this and will look forward to the next exam.
Luciane Calcara, Colégio Farroupilha, Porto Alegre, Brazil

 Because I think it is important to give  students the opportunity to learn about international language exams and be evaluated against international criteria  , I decided to prepare my students for the Cambridge English: Key exam.
Francesca Maria Loreti, English Teacher, Italy

The Cambridge English: Young Learners  exam  has changed the traditional way of teaching English . “It has become much more interesting…”
Savita Travis, Chennai Public School, India

The tasks are age appropriate and fun enough to make students forget they are being evaluated. Most importantly, students  can develop real-life communication skills while preparing for exams . I think this  is what makes the Cambridge English: Young Learners  exam outstanding.
Ji Young Kim, English Teacher, South Korea

When it comes to changing students' behavior, I have to say that many offer practical exams during breaks. They want to be ready for this  .  They began to understand how important this was;
Mina Akladios, Center Exams Manager, Mission laïque française School, Alexandria, Egypt

Having a Cambridge certificate makes parents feel proud and is a source of motivation for students. We choose to administer Cambridge English exams because they are linked to internationally recognized standards that accurately assess students' English proficiency.
Dr. Mohammad Qassem Saefan, English Department Supervisor, Abu Baker Asdeeq Independent Secondary School, Qatar



Learn more about how children learn English

The way your children learn depends on several factors ,  including age, personality and learning style:

  • Some children are extremely visually oriented and prefer pictures; Therefore, picture books will be useful for these children. Others prefer hands-on and logical activities; Therefore, puzzles and problem-solving based games will be more effective.
  • Some children are social and learn well in groups, while others prefer quieter, one-on-one learning.
  • Different children's concentration times will differ from each other.
  • Additionally, the ways girls and boys learn languages may differ.

As a parent, you know what is best for your child; Therefore, you can adapt methods and activities to support your child in learning English.

We are committed to continuing to gain the deepest possible understanding of the ways children learn English. In this way, we can ensure that we continue to effectively support students' language learning, provide accurate learning materials and conduct examinations fairly and accurately.

Cambridge English Language Assessment's research team has carried out a thorough and rigorous study to understand in detail how children learn vocabulary, master grammar and gain confidence in speaking and writing in a language. They also examine how exams support a candidate in writing, listening, reading and speaking outside the classroom in the “real world”.

We have a learning-oriented approach to assessment. Learning focused assessment (LOA); It includes well-established forms of assessment, such as both setting goals and measuring achievement, as well as ongoing classroom assessment, including remediation, feedback, self-monitoring, and reflection. This is exactly where assessment and learning meet. LOA creates the learning environment by proving to students that they are progressing towards their goals and setting assignments at the most appropriate difficulty level. It drives learning mechanisms through purposeful communication activities, making new language accessible, and personalizing feedback. The LOA does not divide assessment into 'general' and 'formal' as it sees all assessment as beneficial to learning. Every assessment creates an opportunity for learning, and every learning activity is an opportunity to review, share feedback, record, and reflect.

We publish the findings of our academic research; This makes these findings accessible to the broader educational community to better understand language learning. You can read some of the academic research we have conducted on the way school-age children learn:

Research Notes 50  We care about the impact of our examinations in primary and secondary education, and this publication focuses on how we investigate the impact of our assessments in educational contexts. You can see what other parents think about our exams, based on studies conducted in different contexts including China, Vietnam, Spain and Mission laïque française schools.

Download Research Notes 50 (English PDF 1.86mb)

Research Notes 46  This publication focuses on young students with a variety of articles including:

  • YLE  exams and language teaching in the Taiwanese context 
  • Seeking stakeholders' views on Cambridge English exams: The school sector
  • Criteria for young students in Spain
  • Cambridge English vocabulary for children's vocabulary learning and exams for young learners.

Download Research Notes 46 (English PDF 2.67mb)

Research Notes 40  Learn about our growing impact on English language teaching and learning in national education projects.

Download Research Notes 40 (English PDF 270kb)

Research Notes 36  This publication  contains articles on our role in supporting language learning and the development of Cambridge English: Key for Schools  and  Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools examinations.

Download Research Notes 36 (English PDF 543kb)

British Council – How can parents help children learn English?

The British Council has a section on its website  called Helping your child  , which gives practical advice and tips on helping children who learn differently, as well as expert advice on how to help your child learn English.

Go to Helping Your Child (English)

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