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LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL Owl

The second step in English language assessment for young learners (aged 7+). A Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) and Spoken (Speaking) exam, mapped approximately to the A1 level of the CEFR*.

About the exam:

  • Created specifically for children
  • Themes based on age-appropriate topics of interests to children such as family, hobbies or daily life situations
  • Consists of a Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) and Spoken (Speaking) exam, leading to 2 separate certificates

Written exam:

  • Paper-based
  • Duration 1 hour 15 minutes

Spoken exam:

  • Face-to-face
  • Duration 7 minutes

Certificates are issued by LanguageCert and delivered by the Test Centre.

*Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), developed by the Council of Europe, is widely used to describe levels of language proficiency.


Test Centre exams

Take an exam at a LanguageCert approved Test Centre.

Key features
 EXAM LEVEL Approximately A1
 FORMAT Paper-based
CERTIFICATE
All candidates receive a certificate. The number of owls (from 1 to 4) achieved in each skill tested indicates the candidate’s performance.
MAXIMUM MARKS
Listening  20
Reading    25                                              TOTAL SCORE 55
Writing    10

 

Exam format
Paper-based 1 hour & 15 minutes
LanguageCert language exams - listening
Listening

15 minutes

LanguageCert language exams - reading and writing
Reading & Writing

1 hour uninterrupted

Listening

Part 1: 5 multiple choice questions (each with 3 options)
Task: Listen and look at the pictures and choose the appropriate response 

Part 2: 5 questions (matching descriptions of people to pictures)
Task: Listen and draw lines 

Part 3: 5 questions (fill in the gap with the correct answer)
Task: Listen and look at the pictures and choose the appropriate response

Part 4: 5 questions (fill in the gap with the correct answer)
Task: Listen and write a word or a number

Reading

Part 1: 6 questions (yes or no)
Task: Look at the image, read the sentences and write yes/no

Part 2: 5 questions (choose from 7 options to correctly fill in the gaps in the text)
Task: Choose the correct options to fill the 5 gaps in the text

Part 3: 6 questions (choose from 8 options to correctly fill in the gaps in the text)
Task: Choose the correct options to fill the 6 gaps in the text

Part 4: 8 questions (answer some questions using 1 word answers)
Task: Read a short story, read the questions, write 1 word answers 

Writing

Part 1: 4 sentences (to communicate personal information)
Task: Write 4 sentences about a real situation

Part 2: 6 sentences (describe a picture story)
Task: Look at the pictures and write 2 sentences about each picture

Key features
 EXAM LEVEL Approximately A1
 FORMAT Face-to-face
CERTIFICATE
All candidates receive a certificate. The number of owls (from 1 to 4) achieved in each skill tested indicates the candidate’s performance.
MAXIMUM MARKS
Speaking 16

 

Exam format
Face-to-face
LanguageCert language exams - speaking
Speaking

Approx. 7 mins

Speaking

Part 1
Task: Answer simple questions in order to give personal information (name, age, hobbies etc.)

Part 2
Task: An objects card is presented by the Interlocutor and candidates are asked to identify objects of the same type

Part 3
Task: A “find the differences” card is presented by the Interlocutor and candidates are asked to identify the things that are different 

Part 4
Task:  A “scene card” is presented by the Interlocutor and candidates are asked to describe the picture