A1 Movers Test format

Updated test specification from January 2018

We regularly review our exams to make sure they are up to date with the latest research in language learning and teaching. The updated A1 Movers test started being used for exam sessions in January 2018.

At a glance – what’s new?

Download the full list of changes for Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers

These are the main changes to A1 Movers from January 2018:

Paper

Part

What’s been updated?

Listening

Part 3

Instead of matching days of the week and actions, children will match a list of illustrated words or names with a set of pictures. This is now the same task as A2 Flyers Part 3 (but is targeted at A1 level).

Listening

Part 5

Children no longer have to draw as part of this question. They will now write a word.

Reading and Writing

All parts

Across all six parts there are now 35 questions, instead of 40.

Reading and Writing

Part 1

There are now only five questions, instead of six.

Reading and Writing

Part 3

There are now only six questions, instead of seven.

Reading and Writing

Part 5

There are now only seven questions, instead of ten.

Reading and Writing

Part 6

This is a new writing task. This new task replaces the existing Part 2 task.

Speaking

Part 1

The examiner will now ask the child their name and age.

Speaking

Part 2

The story now has a title and the characters have been given names to provide appropriate context and support.

Test format

A1 Movers is made up of three papers developed to encourage and motivate young learners. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below.

Paper

Content

Marks

Listening 
(about 20 minutes) 

5 parts/ 25 questions 

a maximum of five shields 

Reading and Writing 
(30 minutes) 

6 parts/ 35 questions 

a maximum of five shields 

Speaking 
(5-7 minutes) 

4 parts

a maximum of five shields 

Linked to the CEFR, Can Do statements show what a learner can do at each level. Read the Can Do statements for Starters, Movers and Flyers.

What’s in the Listening paper?

A1 Movers Listening test has four parts. Each part begins with one or two examples. Children will hear each recording twice.

Summary

Time allowed:

About 25 minutes

Number of parts:

Number of questions:

25

Marks:

a maximum of five shields 

Part 1

What's in Part 1?

A big picture which shows people doing different things. Above and below the picture, there are some names. Children have to listen carefully to a conversation between an adult and a child and draw a line from each name to the correct person on the big picture. 

What should children practise?

Listening for names and descriptions. 

How many questions are there?

Part 2

What's in Part 2?

A short conversation between two people. There is a form or a page of a notebook with some missing words (gaps). Children have to listen to the recording and write a missing word or number in each gap.  

What should children practise?

Listening for names, spellings and other information.

How many questions are there?

Part 3

What's in Part 3?

Two sets of pictures. On the left, there are some pictures of people and their names, or other named places or objects. On the right, there is a set of pictures with letters but no words. Children have to listen to a conversation between two people and match each of the pictures on the right to one of the named pictures on the left.

What should children practise?

Listening for words, names and detailed information.

How many questions are there?

Part 4

What's in Part 4?

Five short conversations. There is a question and three pictures for each conversation. Children have to decide which picture shows the right answer to the question and put a tick in the box under it.  

What should children practise?

Listening for specific information.

How many questions are there?

Part 5

What's in Part 5?

A big picture. Children have to listen carefully to a conversation between an adult and a child. The adult asks the child to colour different objects in the picture and to write a simple word. Children have to follow the instructions.  

What should children practise?

Listening for words, colours and specific information.

How many questions are there?