Oxford Young Learners Placement Test

Oxford Young Learners Placement Test

For a positive assessment experience

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

Be confident of placing young learners aged 7-12 at the right level, and differentiate between students in mixed ability classes. The Oxford Young Learners Placement Test is automatically marked and instantly delivers accurate results: CEFR level (pre-A1 to B1) and numerical score.


  • Instant, accurate and reliable results: developed by testing experts and pretested by school children worldwide
  • Contains a Language Use section and a Listening section with a variety of task types
  • Provides scores to help you make the right placement decision: CEFR level (pre-A1 to B1), an overall score out of 80 and separate scores for each section
  • Plan lessons with confidence: understand the range of levels in your mixed ability classes and adapt your teaching for each child or group
  • Ensures a positive experience for young learners: the test is computer adaptive so each child is tested at just the right level of challenge and is never told if they have got a question wrong
  • Tests young learners aged 7-12 years in British English
  • Taken online with a child-friendly login system


What it tests

The Oxford Young Learners Placement Test 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.

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.

Supporting teachers

A dedicated lesson plan makes it easy to motivate students to take the test and reduces your preparation time. Introduce the test using photocopiables and word games. Keep fast finishers engaged with a fun activity.


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.

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.


Go to the Oxford English Testing requirements page to check the settings for your computer's browser, operating system and monitor display. 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.