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YLTE

CaMLA Young Learners Tests of English (YLTE) are a fun and motivating way to test the English of young learners in the primary and middle grades. The tests cover all four language skills and are developed by CaMLA in association with Cambridge English.

The tests provide a clear and transparent assessment from Bronze (beginner) through Silver to Gold (early intermediate). The tests are international, focusing on American English. Of primary importance is that the testing experience have a positive impact on children and on their subsequent language learning.

Levels & Format

There are three levels of assessment for the CaMLA YLTE: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. All three levels of the speaking tests have similar features such as test formats, test environment, assessment procedures, and the standardization of examiners.

The three levels differ in the tasks they ask children to attempt, and the assessment criteria used.

YLTE Bronze

Bronze — Level & Format
Section  Number of Parts & Items Time
Listening 4 parts / 20 questions

  • part 1: indicate location of objects in a picture based on a dialogue
  • part 2: write one word responses to short listening comprehension questions
  • part 3: select the picture that depicts what was heard in a dialogue
  • part 4: color a picture based on what is heard in a dialogue
about 20 minutes
Reading & Writing 5 parts / 25 questions

  • part 1: indicate whether a statement is true or false based on a picture
  • part 2: indicate “yes” or “no” based on a picture
  • part 3: unscramble letters to spell the word that is represented by a picture
  • part 4: fill in the blank with a word from a word bank in a short cloze passage
  • part 5: write one word response to short question based on the picture
20 minutes
Speaking 5 parts

  • part 1: point out certain items in a scene based on examiner’s prompts
  • part 2: put object cards in locations on the scene based on examiner’s prompts
  • part 3: respond to questions about the scene
  • part 4: respond to questions about the object cards
  • part 5: respond to personal questions
3-5 minutes

YLTE Silver

Silver — Level & Format
Section  Number of Parts & Items Time
Listening 5 parts/25 questions

  • part 1: indicate location of objects in a picture based on a dialogue
  • part 2: write one word responses to short listening comprehension questions
  • part 3: match a picture with the correct word based on what is heard in a dialogue
  • part 4: select the picture that depicts what was heard in the dialogue
  • part 5: color a picture based on what is heard in a dialogue
about 25 minutes
Reading & Writing 6 parts/40 questions

  • part 1: select the correct response to a statement from a word bank
  • part 2: indicate “yes” or “no” based on a picture
  • part 3: read a short question and select the best response
  • part 4: fill in the blank with a word from a word bank in a short cloze passage
  • part 5: fill in the blank for questions based on a short reading passage
  • part 6: fill in the blank in a short cloze passage
30 minutes
Speaking 4 parts

  • part 1: describe differences between two Find-the-Difference pictures
  • part 2: tell a story based on pictures
  • part 3: choose a picture in a set of three and explain why it is different
  • part 4: respond to personal questions
5-7 minutes

YLTE Gold

Gold — Level & Format
Section  Number of Parts & Items Time
Listening 5 parts/25 questions

  • part 1: indicate location of people in a picture based on a dialogue
  • part 2: fill in the blank with a word based on information from a dialogue
  • part 3: match a word with a picture based on a dialogue
  • part 4: select the picture that depicts what was heard
  • part 5: color a picture based on what is heard in a dialogue
about 25 minutes
Reading & Writing 7 parts/50 questions

  • part 1: select the correct response to a statement from a  word bank
  • part 2: indicate “yes” or “no” based on a picture
  • part 3: select the best response to a question
  • part 4: fill in the blank with a word from a word bank in a short cloze passage
  • part 5: read a longer passage and then answer fill-in-the-blank questions
  • part 6: complete a longer cloze passage by selecting words from a word bank
  • part 7: fill in the blank in a longer cloze passage
40 minutes
Speaking 4 parts

  • part 1: describe differences between two Find-the-Difference pictures
  • part 2: ask and respond to questions based on an Information Exchange activity
  • part 3: tell a story based on pictures
  • part 4: respond to personal questions
7-9 minutes

What does the test taker need to bring to the test?

Test takers must bring colored pencils or pens (red, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, black, brown, and gray), and an ordinary pen or pencil.

Should the test taker use British or American English?

On the listening tests, both accents are used. The spelling and vocabulary on the printed test booklets is American English. British or American spelling is accepted for the written answers. In the speaking tests, British or American pronunciation and vocabulary are accepted.

Test Scoring

The center where the child takes the test sends the completed test booklets to a team of trained raters, who score them very carefully. To make sure that each child gets the fairest possible result, all tests are checked twice. In most parts of the test, spelling has to be 100% correct.

The speaking examiner scores the speaking test, and then speaking scores—along with the completed listening and reading and writing test booklets—are returned to CaMLA.

Test Certificates

Each test taker will receive a certificate that shows how many medals he or she earned. The maximum score is five medals for each part of the test. A result of one medal means the child can improve significantly in that skill; five medals means that the child did very well in that skill and answered most questions correctly. With a total of 10 medals or more, a test taker should be ready to start preparing for the next CaMLA YLTE exam.

Certificates will be sent to test centers within 12 business days of receipt of the tests at the scoring center. Test centers will notify test takers when the certificates are ready.