PTE Young Learners - Firstwords 

Who is this test for?
This test is designed to motivate and reward young learners who have just started learning English in an academic context. It may be particularly useful for learners who have had to master the use of the Roman alphabet.

The aim is primarily to test the learners’ ability to use the language communicatively rather than to test their knowledge of the language system. 

How is this test structured?
The test consists of a one-hour paper which tests Listening, Reading and to a small degree, Writing.  The tasks in the test feature the Brown family and include among other related topics, the following:

  • Families
  • Pets
  • School
  • The Body and People’s appearance

Listening Tasks
The children will listen to two passages and will be required to perform the following tasks:

  • Listen to a conversation and draw a line from a name of a person or a thing to a picture of a person or a thing.  
  • Listen to a conversation and put a cross (x) in the box under the correct picture for each question.

Reading and Writing Tasks
The children will be required to perform the following tasks:

  • Matching questions and answers in a conversation by drawing a line between each question and answer.
  • Matching sentences to pictures by drawing a line from each sentence to a picture.
  • Matching pictures of objects to the word denoting the picture by drawing a line between them.
  • Write the missing words in a short text by choosing the right words from a list.

The children will be tested in class by an external assessor.  They will be asked to participate in a board game and an individual activity. For further information about the oral component for Firstwords please click here.