Placement test for young learners of English

Posted on Mar 25 2015 - 4:09am by Zdenda

Placement tests are extremely important if you do not know your students well and you need to know what to teach them. Further, these tests can be used to measure whether your students made any progress during a certain period of time.
Placement tests are often professionally produced and sold for a lot of money. And as nearly every publishing house sells placement tests, they are probably in demand. However, there are very few placement tests available for young learners of English.
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Noticing this gap, I decided to design a placement test for young students. The test is aimed at children aged 8 – 10. They should have studied English for 2 or 3 years for about 3 hours per week.

Placement test

The test contains 40 items. The students should choose the correct word for each of the pictures from the line below. They should write the number of their answer in the box nearest the picture. You will need to print the placement test in colour as it is not possible in some cases to choose the correct answers without seeing the pictures in colour.

YLE placement test

How to interpret the results?

You can either give the test to the students at the beginning of the school year and then compare the results with the same test at the end of the year and see the progress.

Or you can use the following interpretation:

  • 40-35 The student knows everything from the textbooks Happy House 1, Happy House 2 and Happy Street.
  • 34-20 The student knows everything from the textbooks Happy House 1 and Happy House 2.
  • 19-10 The student knows everything from the textbook Happy House 1 and should move to Happy House 2.
  • 9-0 The student should start with the textbook Happy House 1.

More placement tests

If you do not teach young learners and you need a placement test, you can find a free one here.
If you would like to know how many words your students know, you can try the vocabulary placement tests here.
Or if you would like to have your proficiency level checked professionally, you can find information at the British Council site.
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You can find some information about the Oxford online placement test here.

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