Published by SchoolAdvisor on May 09, 2013, 09:58 AM
English has an official or special status in no less than 75 countries with a total population of more than 2 billion. Good command of the international language is important for daily communication as well as for education and career prospects. Nowadays, parents are more aware of the importance of English and are giving extra emphasis on their children’s English proficiency level. This also leads to the rising interest of parents in English tests offered outside the school.
Below are two popular and internationally-recognised English tests for primary and secondary students.
Cambridge Young Learners English (YLE) Tests
Cambridge YLE tests are a series of motivating and fun English language tests. The tests are designed for children, regardless of their first language. The three activity-based tests of the series include Starters, Movers and Flyers. The Listening as well as the Reading and Writing papers are marked in the UK. All Cambridge English tests are mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which is an international guideline used to describe language ability.
Target group: 7 - 12 years old
The fees may be subject to change and vary between different exam centres. Before a child takes the test, he has to enrol in the Cambridge Young Learners programme. Duration and fees of the classes vary, depends on the learning centre and English level of the student.
The tests provide a gradual introduction to the Cambridge English Language Assessment Main Suite examinations, including Key English Test (KET), Preliminary English Test (PET) and First Certificate in English (FCE).
More info: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/
Authorised Cambridge English exam centres in Malaysia
TOEFL Junior Standard Test
The paper-based TOEFL Junior Standard Test is one of the TOEFL Junior Tests. Currently, the other mode of TOEFL Junior Tests, which is the computer-based TOEFL Junior Comprehensive Test is not available yet.
The tests measure English language proficiency level to help parents or teachers to monitor progress of the students. The scores are also aligned to the CEFR levels. Moreover, the scores are matched with Lexile measures, which can ease the finding of the right books at the right reading level.
Target Group: 11 – 15 years old
Fees: RM120. Special rate is given to registered school/college students.
Click here for registration and other information: www.testcenter.my/toefljunior
Click here for sample questions: http://www.ets.org/toefl_junior/prepare/standard_sample_questions
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