Oxford Placement Test for Young Learners

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Oxford Placement Test for Young Learners

Reliable placement testing for 7-12 year olds

Format: Online resource (Oxford English Testing)

Place your young learners at the right level quickly and reliably. By offering the right mix of challenge and fun, your students enjoy a positive testing experience.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-457179-1

Test your students English level quickly and easily with the Oxford Placement Test for Young Learners, so you can confidently place young learners aged 7-12 at the right level, and differentiate between students in mixed ability classes. The Oxford Placement Test for Young Learners is 100% online so students can take it in class or at home. The test is automatically marked and instantly delivers accurate results: CEFR level (pre-A1 to B1) and numerical score. Clear guides for teachers and parents provide step-by-step support through every stage of taking the test remotely.

Key features

  • Suitable for 7-12 year olds.
  • 100% online with a child-friendly sign in system.
  • Automatically marked with instant results so you can start teaching the same day.
  • Learning Management System makes it easy to set up tests and manage results.
  • Computer adaptive technology gives more precise results than traditional placement tests.
  • Results include a CEFR level (Pre-A1 to B1), a score out of 80, and the time taken.


What it tests

The Oxford Placement Test for Young Learners is designed for 7-12 year olds and is in two sections - Language Use and Listening. The Language Use section assesses students' knowledge of vocabulary, function and grammar across 18 questions. The Listening section assesses listening for detail and gist, using short and extended listening across 12 questions. Both sections test British English.

Ideal for home use

The Oxford Placement Test for Young Learners is ideal for testing students who are studying remotely. Clear guides for teachers and parents provide step-by-step support through every stage of taking the test.

Taking the Oxford Placement Tests at Home Guidance for Teachers (PDF, 1 MB)

Taking the Oxford Placement Tests for Young Learners at Home Guidance for Parents (PDF, 1 MB)

Reliable and valid

The test has been written by international young learner assessment experts and pretested on primary school children worldwide. The results were used to ensure that only questions meeting our high validation standards are included in the test. This process guarantees accurate and reliable results.


Bright colours, characters and comic strip dialogues make the test experience enjoyable and put the young learner at ease. The task types are specifically designed to match the cognitive abilities of young learners and reflect tasks they are used to in Primary courses.

The test measures at four CEFR levels, pre-A1 to B1. Each level has a child-friendly club name: Count down (pre-A1), Lift off (A1), Zoom (A2), and Orbit (B1), so each child feels a sense of achievement when you place them in a club. Download a club resource sheet for each student to cut out and colour in. Present them with a customised student report card showing level and club name, and keep parents up to date at the same time.

How it works

The test is computer-adaptive, which means that the student receives an easier or more difficult question depending on whether their response to the previous question was right or wrong. Each student gets a testing experience at just the right level of challenge. The young learner is never told that they have got a question wrong, leading to a positive testing experience.

The test takes about 35 minutes to complete. Answers are automatically marked after each question giving you an instant result once the test is complete.

Test scores

View scores in a variety of ways: by CEFR level (pre-A1 to B1), or by an overall numerical score out of 80. Separate scores are also given for the Language Use section and Listening section. This helps you easily spot whether your learners are stronger or weaker in one of these areas and target your teaching accordingly. A three star system at each level helps you to differentiate better between borderline students and supports your placement decision.

Results you can trust

The Oxford Placement Test was developed to take the worry out of placing your students. Piloted on thousands of students across the globe, the test is continually validated to ensure it delivers results you can trust. To find out more, see The Oxford Placement Test: What does it measure and how? (PDF, 1 MB) by Professor James Purpura.

Results are reported as a CEFR level and standardized score for the test as a whole, and separately for the Use of English and Listening sections, allowing you to make fine-grained distinctions between students' abilities. To find out more, see The Meaning of Oxford Placement Test Scores (PDF, 0.6 MB) by Alistair Pollitt.

Simple to administer

User-friendly management tools make it easy to administer the test, and to manage the results. You can create different groups for testing and then print a login slip for each student.

All the results are shown in one table. You can then sort the results, download the data and place students at the right level.

Price and discounts

The Oxford Placement Test for Schools is 5.30 GBP, and is available to buy in your local currency. We also offer discounts when you buy higher numbers of tests.

FromToDiscount off each testUnit price
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System requirements

Read the recommended specifications for your computer. You can also do an automatic system check which will tell you whether your computer can show the test questions and play the audio for the listening questions.