Pre A1 Starters 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.
Pre A1 Starters Listening test has four parts. Each part begins with one or two examples. Children will hear each recording twice. Children may achieve a maximum of 5 shields.
Pre A1 Starters Reading and Writing test has five 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.
Pre A1 Starters 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.
Download Pre A1 Starters overview handout
Download the Cambridge Assessment English activity booklet for parents of young learners
Download flash cards for Pre A1 Starters
Download activities for families (en español)
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.
Download the Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers Sample papers – Vol 1
Download the Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers Sample papers – Vol 2
You can download the Listening sample tests from the introduction page of the sample papers.
The colourful Pre A1 Starters Word List Picture Book has many of the words children have to learn for the Pre A1 Starters test.
Download the Pre A1 Starters Wordlist Picture book
You can use the Pre A1 Starters Wordlist to help children to improve their English and learn new words.
Download the Pre A1 Starters Wordlist
The Pre A1 Starters classroom activities book will help children get better at English and learn new words.
Download the Pre A1 Starters classroom activities book
The Pre A1 Starters progress charts for students and teachers will help motivate learners.
Download the Pre A1 Starters progress charts
These videos will help your students understand what happens during a speaking test. You can also download examiner comments for each video.
Examiner comments for Tommaso’s speaking test
Examiner comments for Paolo’s speaking test
Examiner comments for Rebecca’s speaking test