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Exam Preparation

A1 Movers

Exam Preparation

A1 Movers

Exam format

A1 Movers is the start of a child’s language learning journey. The test is made up of three papers developed to encourage and motivate young learners.

About 25 minutes

A1 Movers Listening test has five parts. Each part begins with one or two examples. Children will hear each recording twice. Children may achieve a maximum of 5 shields.

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.
  • 5 questions
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.
  • 5 questions
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.
  • 5 questions
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.
  • 5 questions
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.
  • 5 questions

30 minutes

A1 Movers Reading and Writing test has six parts. Each part begins with one or two examples. For all parts of the Reading and Writing test, children must spell their answers correctly. Children may achieve a maximum of 5 shields.

Part 1:
  • On the left, there are eight pictures of things with the English word under them. On the right, there are five definitions (sentences that describe or explain five of the eight things on the left). Children need to choose which picture matches each definition and copy the correct word under it.
  • 5 questions.
Part 2:
  • A short conversation between two people. Children have to decide what the second speaker says each time (A, B or C).
  • 6 questions.
Part 3:
  • A text with some missing words (gaps) in it. Next to the text there are some small pictures and words. Children have to decide which word goes in each gap and copy it. For the last question, they have to choose the best title for the text from a choice of three possible titles.
  • 6 questions.
Part 4:
  • A text with some missing words (gaps). Next to the line where each word is missing, there is a choice of three possible answers. Children have to decide which answer is correct and copy the word into the gap.
  • 5 questions.
Part 5:
  • A story in three parts. Each part of the story has a picture. After each part of the story, children have to complete sentences about the story using one, two or three words.
  • 7 questions.
Part 6:
  • A picture with sentence prompts. Children have to complete sentences, respond to questions and write in full sentences about the picture.
  • 6 questions.

5–7 minutes

A1 Movers Speaking test has four parts. Children take the test alone with the examiner, but someone they know who speaks their language (like their teacher) will introduce them to the examiner and explain what to do in their own language. Children may achieve a maximum of 5 shields.

Part 1:
  • The examiner will greet the child and ask their name and age. Then they look at two pictures. The pictures are similar, but they have some differences. The examiner asks the child to describe four differences in the pictures.
Part 2:
  • The examiner shows four pictures which tell a story and tells the child about the first picture. The child has to continue the story and describe the other three pictures. The title of the story and the name(s) of the main character(s) are provided.
Part 3:
  • The examiner shows the child four sets of four pictures. In each set of pictures, one picture is different from the others. The child has to say which picture is different and explain why.
Part 4:
  • The examiner asks the child some questions about him/herself (for example, school, weekends, friends and hobbies).
Can Do statements

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.

Sample tests
A1 Movers sample tests:
Word List and Word List Picture Book

The colourful A1 Movers Word List Picture Book has many of the words children have to learn for the A1 Movers test.

Download the A1 Movers Wordlist Picture book

You can use the A1 Movers Wordlist to help children to improve their English and learn new words.

Download the A1 Movers Wordlist

The A1 Movers classroom activities book
will help children get better at English
and learn new words.

Download the A1 Movers classroom
activities book

The A1 Movers progress charts
for students and teachers will
help motivate learners.
Download the A1 Movers progress charts

Speaking test videos with examiners’ commentary

These videos will help your students understand what happens during a speaking test. You can also download examiner comments for each video.