Children can now sit a world-famous Cambridge English exam on a tablet, laptop or computer as part of a new global project between experts at Cambridge and a leading Beijing-based technology company.
Cambridge English Language Assessment has teamed up with a China professional testing and assessment services provider ATA to produce the computer-based version of the Cambridge English: Young Learners test. The test is aimed at the digital generation of learners and uses cutting-edge technology to measure children’s English language skills. Deshini Chetty, Head of Global Client Relations at Cambridge English Language Assessment, explains, “Leading experts in Cambridge have worked with technology specialists to develop the test. Computer-based Cambridge English: Young Learners assesses children’s skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking, where children interact with a computer animated character. It’s a really fun way of assessing learning.”
The Cambridge English: Young Learners test is already well established as a paper-based test and provides a series of motivating English language tests, aimed at children in primary and lower-secondary education. Beijing-based ATA – a leading provider of advanced testing technologies in China – has developed the platform for this project.
Deshini Chetty said:
“The computer-based version of Cambridge English: Young Learners was really well received by children who took part in last year’s trials. The digital age has seen a demand for more choice in the way we learn and this has been the driving force behind this exciting project. The technology works well and children found it easy to use which is really encouraging. Perhaps most importantly, the test is fun and motivating which will give students a real boost when learning English.”
The launch of the computer-based version of Cambridge English: Young Learners follows successful trialling in a number of countries last year, including Exams Catalunya. The test is now being rolled out around the world and is currently available in several countries and regions around the world.
For more information about Computer-Based Young Learners exams and links to sample tests please see our dedicated website.