What is Cambridge English: Starters (YLE Starters)?

Cambridge English: Starters (YLE Starters) is the first of three Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) tests for children. The tests focus on the skills needed to communicate effectively in English on familiar topics.

Who should take the test?

Cambridge English: Starters is for children who are just starting to learn English - usually between the ages of 4 and 6, and are studying Kindergarten 2 to Primary 1 in Hong Kong.

What your child need to do in the tests?

In the tests your child will need to:

  • recognise colours in English.
  • answer very simple questions about themselves.
  • write short one-word answers to basic questions.

What is the format of the tests?

The tests can be computer or paper-based. There are 3 papers and they last for about 45 minutes in total.
There is no pass or fail for the tests. Your child can get a maximum of five shields for each part of the tests. The number of shields they are awarded for each part will be shown on their certificates.

Listening Reading and Writing Speaking
20 mins
Max. 5 shields
20 mins
Max. 5 shields
3-5 mins
Max. 5 shields