Pre A1 Starters 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 A2 Flyers 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 A2 Flyers from January 2018:

Paper

Part

What’s been updated?

Listening

Part 5

Children will no longer be asked to draw as part of this question; they will now write the word.

Reading and Writing

All parts

Across all seven parts, there are now 44 questions instead of 50.

Reading and Writing

Part 3

The word options children are asked to select from are now placed before the text.

Reading and Writing

Part 7

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, family name and age.

Speaking

Part 3

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

Test format

A2 Flyers 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 25 minutes) 

5 parts/ 25 questions 

a maximum of five shields 

Reading and Writing 
(40 minutes) 

7 parts/ 44 questions 

a maximum of five shields 

Speaking 
(7-9 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?

A2 Flyers Listening test has five 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 and colour different objects for three of the questions and write a single word for two of the questions in the picture.  

What should children practise?

Listening for words, colours and specific information.

How many questions are there?