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FAQs for the Cambridge English: YLE exams

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As the time for our exam sessions is getting closer we would like to present you with a series of posts on all our exams containing tips and answers to some frequently asked questions that will hopefully assist you in the last weeks of preparation. This is the first post to come up with some answers to questions that relate to the YLE examinations series.

Listening Paper:

What do children need to bring to the Listening test?
For the Listening test, they must remember to take coloured pencils or pens (red, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, black, brown and grey) and an ordinary pen or pencil.

Do you use British or American English in the Listening test?
The spelling and vocabulary on the printed test papers is British English. However, children will also hear American accents in the Listening tests and also some American English vocabulary. We accept British or American spelling for the written answers.

How is the Cambridge English: Young Learners Listening test marked?
The centre where children take the test sends the completed Listening tests to Cambridge English Language Assessment. Then a team of trained markers marks the papers very carefully. To make sure that children get the fairest possible result, we mark all papers twice. In most parts of the test, spelling has to be 100% correct. In Part 2 of the Cambridge English: Starters Listening test, if we want to test the spelling of a word (for example a name), we spell it in the recording.

Reading and Writing paper:

What do children need to bring to the test?
For the Reading and Writing test, they just need a pen or pencil.

Do you use British or American English in the test?
The spelling and vocabulary on the printed test papers is British English. However, we accept British or American English for the written answers.

How do you mark the tests?
The centre where children take the test sends the completed Reading and Writing tests to Cambridge English. A team of trained markers marks the papers very carefully. To make sure that children get the fairest possible result, we mark all papers twice

Speaking paper:

What do children have to bring to the test?
Children don’t need to take anything to the Speaking test.

Should children use British or American English in the Speaking test?
The spelling and vocabulary on the printed test papers uses British English. In the Speaking test, however, we accept British or American pronunciation and vocabulary.

How is the Speaking test marked?
The Speaking Examiner marks the Speaking test, and sends the marks to Cambridge English Language Assessment with the completed Listening and Reading and Writing papers.

What do children receive after doing the test?
Children will receive an award. This will show how many shields they have received. The maximum score is five shields for each part of the test. A result of one shield means a child can improve a lot in that skill. Five shields mean that they did very well in that skill and answered most questions correctly. If they have achieved a total of 10 or 11 shields and above, children should be ready to start preparing for the next Cambridge English exam.

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

April 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

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