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Working up through three key levels – Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers, A2 Flyers – the tests provide a gentle introduction to the Cambridge Assessment English Main Suite examinations as young learners move into adolescence.
Reading and Writing
This is a paper-and-pencil test which lasts 20 minutes (Pre A1 Starters), 30 minutes (A1 Movers) and 40 minutes (A2 Flyers). Texts are short and measured by a specified set of words and structures. Candidates perform simple operations such as selecting and ticking, writing words and phrases in gaps, or answering open-ended questions.
This is also a paper-and-pencil test which lasts approximately 20 minutes (Pre A1 Starters) and 25 minutes (A1 Movers and A2 Flyers). As with the Reading and Writing paper, texts are limited in the language assessed to what is specified in the test specifications. Candidates listen to short recorded dialogues involving both child and adult speakers, and perform simple operations such as drawing lines, selecting, matching and colouring.
This is a face-to-face test which lasts 5 minutes (Pre A1 Starters), 7 minutes (A1 Movers) and 9 minutes (A2 Flyers) with one suitably qualified, experienced and trained examiner to one candidate. Candidates perform various activities in response to visual prompts from the examiner, and they also give simple information about themselves.