Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to have?

You need:

You can find more detail in our technical requirements.

Is this a real Cambridge English: Young Learners test?

This is a practice test, so learners won’t get a certificate for completing it. However, it is made by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the same people who make the real Cambridge English: Young Learners tests. You can be sure that all the tasks in the test are at the same levels and test exactly the same skills as the real tests.

What are the differences between this sample test and the real test?

This sample testThe real Cambridge English: Young Learners tests
Learners can take the Listening, Speaking and Reading and Writing tests in any order, at any time.The test centre will tell learners the dates and times for the test.
Learners can close the test and return to it at any time.Candidates must complete the test within the time limit.
Learners can check their answers at the end of each test. Candidates cannot check if their answers are correct, but they will receive a certificate around three to four weeks after the test.
At the end of each part of the Speaking test, learners can hear a recording of their voice.Candidates don’t hear recordings of their voice, but an examiner will listen and assess their speaking.

What happens in the Speaking test?

First, a small box will appear – you need to allow Flash to access your microphone or webcam.

Then, learners need to listen to the examiner’s questions and instructions, and speak clearly into the microphone or webcam.

At the end of each part, learners can click ‘Replay’ in the corner of the screen to listen to their recording for that part. The recording can be played again and again, so that teachers or parents can listen.

When you go to the next part of the test, the recording will be lost. You can’t go back and listen to the recording again.

What will happen to learners’ recordings?

We will not keep, share or listen to the recordings from these sample tests. They will not be used for any purpose except for learners to replay them, and we will delete them from our servers within 48 hours.

Where can I find more information about Cambridge English: Young Learners exams?

Go to www.cambridgeenglish.org/young-learners.

Where can learners go to practise English and prepare for a Cambridge English: Young Learners test?

The Cambridge English website has a section with games and learning activities for young learners, and advice for parents.

Go to www.cambridgeenglish.org/learning-english/parents-and-children/.

You can also visit our website to prepare for Cambridge English: Starters, Movers and Flyers.

Also, of course, learners can speak to their teacher and ask for advice on how to practise and use English.

I saw the message ‘request timeout’. What should I do?

First, try refreshing your browser. On Windows, press F5 or Ctrl + R to reload the page. On Mac, press Command + R. Answers to previous parts of the test will not be lost if you reload the page.

If you get the same message several times, try using a different browser, and check the technical requirements.

The sample test doesn’t work. What can I do?

First, check the technical requirements. Make sure your computer and browser are supported, and that Flash is enabled. You may need to download a new browser (for example Google Chrome).

If this doesn’t help, please contact the Cambridge English Helpdesk.