Since 1993, Cambridge University has been pursuing a plan in regard to the evaluation of the language proficiency levels of children and young adults (age 7 to 12) learning English as a second language. The related exams are referred to as YLE exams.
YLE exams consist of three levels (Starters, Movers, and Flyers), and have been designed so as to provide a comprehensive method for the assessment of elementary-level learners of the English language. The language level of these tests can be regarded as the first step toward Cambridge University’s main proficiency tests such as KET or PET.
YLE exams have the following objectives:
1. Providing purposive, relevant samples of language use
2. Providing precise, objective evaluation
3. Creating a positive mental image of international tests for children
4. Enhancing effective learning and teaching methods
5. Motivating learners to continue learning
The Administration of YLE Tests
The administration of YLE Exams provides individuals interested with the opportunity to receive YLE international certificates related to their level of proficiency while learning the language. It should be noted that applicants between the ages of 7 to 12 can take this exam regardless of the institute in which they are learning English.
Introduction to Cambridge YLE Exams
With regard to different levels of YLE courses, two sets of exams are administered in this department:
1. Mock YLE: Starters, Movers, Flyers
2. The Actual Examination
Individuals interested in taking this exam and obtaining the intended certificate can first sit for the YLE Mock exam, which is either one of the previously-administered YLE exams or a sample exam developed by Cambridge University. This exam aims to assess applicants' readiness for taking the actual exam. The total exam time, depending on the level, is between 90 to 120 minutes. This exam consists of two listening sections in addition to reading and writing sections.
Depending on the level, the exam time can range from 90 to 120 minutes. This exam consists of three sections: Listening, Reading & Writing, and Speaking.
Exam Date Notification
Applicants can be informed of the dates of the above-mentioned exams by visiting the ILI website (under Cambridge Exams) or one of the ILI centers.
What to Bring on Exam Day
Applicants need to bring black pencils (more than one is advised), a pencil sharpener, an eraser, and a pack of colored pencils containing the following colors:
- Black - Pink
- Blue - Purple
- Brown - Red
- Green - Yellow
- Gray - Orange
Results are usually announced 4 to 8 weeks after the administration of the exam.