English Benchmark Young Learners

Engage and motivate young minds while measuring English proficiency - from the classroom or home

English Benchmark Young Learners is the fun, interactive English proficiency test for young learners.

While young learners feel more like they are playing a game, this deceptively powerful test delivers in-depth reporting across speaking, listening, reading and writing, for both individuals and groups.

It also recommends what to teach next, based on the skills gaps that it identifies, to help you plan your lessons around the needs of your learners.

Originally designed for tablet, this test-that-doesn't-feel-like-a-test is now accessible via laptop or desktop computer, thanks to our free emulator software.

Access the School Portal

Download the learner app

No tablet?

Resources for teachers

Find useful resources and everything you need to know about the test, set-up and scoring, including download links for the emulator.

Resources for parents

Has your child been asked to take an English Benchmark Young Learners test? Find help with step-by-step instructions.

What our customers say

With over 200 schools across 100 cities in China, American Baby International (ABIE) language schools trust Pearson’s English Benchmark Young Learners to objectively test their students’ language skills and track learning outcomes.

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Stress-free testing

Beautiful graphics and animations help students feel like they are playing a game instead of taking an English test. The stress-free experience ensures that young learners perform naturally, allowing the test to calculate the most accurate results.

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Tips for improvement

English Benchmark Young Learners simplifies lesson planning by providing recommendations for what to teach, based on your students’ performance. If you are following a Pearson English course, such as Big English, Wider World, Now I Know or others, you can find specific recommendations mapped to that title.

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Informative reports

The scenes and objects within the test design will be familiar to young learners, and include a mix of accents and people. The question style reflects real-life English, asking students to listen and respond, instead of just completing multiple choice questions.
 

Introduction to English Benchmark Young Learners

Target areas for improvement

English Benchmark Young Learners simplifies lesson planning by providing recommendations for what to teach, based on your students’ performance. Once your students take their test, you will see a summary of their performance across speaking, listening, reading and writing, giving you an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses.

  • Measures Speaking, Reading, Listening, Writing
  • Tablet-based, with free emulator available to replicate the experience on desktop or laptop 
  • 6 levels: <A1 - B1+ (GSE 10 - 58)
  • 5 tests available per level
  • Ages 6-13
  • International English
  • Scored on CEFR & GSE
  • Results available in under an hour

The experience with English Benchmark has been very entertaining for the children because they perceived it as a game; therefore they did not experience anxiety or stress despite it being a test. It was a wonderful experience for us as an institution as well because it was our first time working with this type of tool that will help us grow and improve.

Analia Perez, English Language Coordinator, Colegio Israelita Max Nordeau, Mendoza, Argentina,

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Diagnostic tool

Use the test at the beginning of the school year to understand students' English proficiency and identify learning needs.

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Progress Monitor

The test enables teachers to monitor students’ progress throughout the year and provides key data to inform instruction.

English Benchmark is an indicator for exam readiness

Exam Indicator

As the test is aligned to CEFR and GSE it can help you check whether students are ready for exams like PTE Young Learners.

How it works

English Benchmark Young Learners uses the same automated scoring technology as products including Versant and PTE Academic. These tests are trusted by governments, universities and major corporations around the world as proof of English ability for visa applications, recruitment and student admissions.

To create our automated tests, we ask hundreds of human markers to examine sample test results. We then feed this data into our scoring algorithm, which allows the engine to predict how a human would score each test.

Detailed results at your fingertips

English Benchmark Young Learners’ password-protected administration tool, School Portal, gives teachers easy access to view detailed descriptions of capabilities for individual students and across the entire class, recommended lessons and activities in partnered courseware for improvement, suggested Global Scale of English (GSE) Learning Objectives, and instant download access to teacher and parent-friendly reports.

English Benchmark Young Learners has been a great resource in our aims of providing students with the individualized learning experiences they need while learning English. It is very helpful to have reliable evidence of the students’ learning process.

Miss Georgina Coronado Pascualli, English coordinator at Piave School, Mexico City

 

English Benchmark Young Learners emulator

No tablet? No problem!

The free English Benchmark Young Learners emulator allows young test-takers to access the same test experience on a desktop computer or laptop.

  • Free application
  • Easy to install
  • Same experience and scoring
  • Same teacher and admin experience
  • Perfect for school and remote learning
  • Just requires computer, keyboard, mouse and headset (with microphone boom)
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Resources for teachers

Find useful resources and everything you need to know about the test, set-up and scoring, including download links for the emulator.

Resources for parents

Has your child been asked to take an English Benchmark Young Learners test? Find help with step-by-step instructions.