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Exam day requisites

On the day of the test, your child will probably be excited and nervous. Remember that the test is designed to reward what your child can do in English and to be enjoyable – nobody fails the test.

Candidates should:

  • go to bed early the night before the test
  • have lots of time to get ready so they don’t need to hurry
  • have a good, healthy breakfast
  • not try too hard to study, at home or at school, just before the test – try to keep the atmosphere calm
  • go to the toilet before the test
  • take some water to drink
  • listen carefully to the examiner’s instructions and to the recordings
  • read all the instructions and questions carefully before they start each part of the test
  • know they must not talk to the other candidates during the test
  • know they must not talk to the other candidates during the test
  • know they can raise their hand in silence if they need to ask a question
  • know they must not ask questions during the Listening test
  • remember to check their work and spellings when they have finished
  • try to write an answer to all the questions even if they don’t know the right one
  • remember this test has the same types of questions as their practice tests so there will be no surprises
  • carry a valid photo ID , preferably the school ID, along with a recent passport size photograph and the printed proof of payment

A result of one shield means a child can improve a lot in that skill. Five shields mean that a child did very well in that skill and answered most questions correctly.

Children should be ready to start preparing for the next Cambridge English exam – Cambridge English: Movers – if they achieve a total of 10 or 11 shields, or above.