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MYLE

Levels:
A1-A2
Language:
English

The Michigan Young Learners English (MYLE) tests—developed by Michigan Language Assessment in association with Cambridge Assessment English—assess the English of young learners typically in the primary grades. The MYLE tests are fun and motivating and are designed for learners ages 6 to 10. The MYLE are 4-skill tests at three levels of English proficiency: Bronze (CEFR pre-A1), Silver (CEFR A1), and Gold (CEFR A2).

The three MYLE tests (Bronze, Silver, Gold) cover listening, reading, writing, and speaking. There are three levels of assessment for the Michigan Language Assessment MYLE: Bronze targets CEFR Pre-A1, Silver targets CEFR A1, and Gold targets CEFR A2. All three levels have similar features such as test formats, test environment, assessment procedures, and the standardization of speaking tests examiners. What differs is the level of difficulty which grows as students progress from Bronze to Gold.

The tests are in full color on paper and contain interactive opportunities for test takers to show their English capabilities. The tests are international and provide a clear and transparent assessment from beginner through early intermediate levels. Of primary importance is that the testing experience have a positive impact on children and on their subsequent language learning.

Test takers must bring colored pencils or pens and an ordinary pen or pencil.



LISTENING (20 items)

The MYLE Bronze Listening Section reflects language used in real-life situations. It contains four parts. Depending on the test, questions may require identifying people in a picture based on descriptions; writing words, names, and numbers; answering multiple-choice questions; and following directions to color objects in a picture. The audio for each question is played twice.

The content covers a variety of listening skills:

  • Global skills that test comprehension of the entire passage, such as asking for the main idea
  • Local skills that test a part of the passage, such as a detail mentioned by the speaker

Part 1 (5 items): Test takers listen to five short conversations about people in a picture. They need to complete the matching task that follows.

Part 2 (5 items): Test takers listen to five short conversations followed by one question each with blanks for words and numbers.

Part 3 (5 questions): It consists of five short recorded conversations, each followed by a question. Test takers select the correct answer from three pictures.

Part 4 (5 questions): It consists of a conversation that includes instructions for test takers to color in parts of the pictures heard in the dialogue.

All parts are heard twice.

Listening section duration: 20 min.

This section is scored by trained examiners certified by the University of Michigan.

READING & WRITING (25 items)

The MYLE tests combine reading and writing skills in many interrelated activities. The content covers skills similar to those in the listening section: global and local. The Bronze test contains five parts. Depending on the test, students answer multiple-choice, true/false, and yes/no questions; fill in blanks in short or long texts; define vocabulary words; and/or write a short story.

The reading and writing section is scored by trained examiners certified by the University of Michigan.

Part 1 (5 items): A true/false sentence is given for a statement describing a picture of an object.

Part 2 (5 items): Statements accompanying a picture are followed by a choice of writing yes” or no.”

Part 3 (5 items): Scrambled letters and a picture of an object accompany a blank for the test taker to spell the indicated word.

Part 4 (5 items): A text with missing words is completed using words from a word bank.

Part 5 (5 items): Three pictures that tell a story are interwoven with fill-in-the-blank questions that have single-word answers.

Reading and Writing section duration: 20 min.

This section is scored at the University of Michigan.

SPEAKING

Each test taker participates in a structured, multistage task with one examiner. There are four stages in the Speaking section. In stage 1, the examiner asks the test taker to point out certain items on a scene picture. Then the examiner asks the test taker to place two object cards in various locations on the scene picture. In stage 2 the examiner asks the test taker questions about the two people or objects in the scene picture and then asks him/her to describe an object found in the picture. In stage 3 the examiner asks the test taker questions about four object cards. In stage 4 the examiner asks the test taker personal non-sensitive questions to finish the test.

Duration: 3-5 minutes 

LISTENING (25 items)

The MYLE Silver Listening Section reflects language used in real-life situations. It contains five parts. Depending on the test, students identify people in a picture based on descriptions; write words, names, and numbers; answer multiple-choice questions; and follow directions to color objects in a picture. The audio for each question is played twice.

The content covers a variety of listening skills:

  • Global skills that test comprehension of the entire passage, such as asking for the main idea
  • Local skills that test a part of the passage, such as a detail mentioned by the speaker

Part 1 (5 items): Test takers listen to five short conversations about people in a picture. They need to complete the matching task that follows.

Part 2 (5 items): Test takers listen to five short conversations followed by one question each with blanks for words and numbers.

Part 3 (5 questions): It consists of five short recorded conversations, each followed by a matching task.

Part 4 (5 questions): It consists of five short recorded conversations, each followed by a question. Test takers select the correct answer from three pictures.

Part 5 (5 questions): It consists of a conversation that includes instructions for test takers to color in parts of the pictures and write one or two words.

 All parts are heard twice.

Listening section duration: 25 min.

This section is scored by trained examiners certified by the University of Michigan.

READING & WRITING (35 items)

The MYLE tests combine reading and writing skills in many interrelated activities. The content covers skills similar to those in the listening section: global and local. The Silver test contains six parts. Depending on the test, students answer multiple-choice, true/false, and yes/no questions; fill in blanks in short or long texts; define vocabulary words; and/or write a short story.

The reading and writing section is scored by trained examiners certified by the University of Michigan.

Part 1 (5 items): A matching task between pictures and words requires the test taker to copy the word in a blank.

Part 2 (6 items): Statements accompanying a picture are followed by a choice of writing yes” or no.”

Part 3 (5 items): One side of a dialogue is given. Test takers choose the correct answers from a provided list to complete the dialogue.

Part 4 (5 items): A text with missing words is completed using words from a word bank.

Part 5 (7 items): Three pictures that tell a story are interwoven with fill-in-the-blank questions that have single-word answers, words, or phrases.

Part 6 (7 items): A picture prompts fill-in-the-blank answers, responses to questions, and descriptive sentences.

Reading and Writing section duration: 30 min.

This section is scored at the University of Michigan.

SPEAKING

Each test taker participates in a structured, multistage task with one examiner. There are four stages in the Speaking section. In stage 1, the examiner asks the test taker to describe several differences between the two Find the differences pictures.  In stage 2 the examiner shows the test taker four story pictures, tells him/her the name of the story and describes the first picture. The examiner then asks the test taker to continue the story. The name of the story and the name(s) of the main character(s) are shown with the pictures in the test takers booklet. In stage 3 the examiner demonstrates how to do this task with the first set of four odd-one-out pictures and then asks the test taker to choose one picture in the other three sets and say which is different and why. In stage 4 the examiner asks the test taker questions about a topic to finish the test.

Duration: 5-7 minutes 

LISTENING (25 items)

The MYLE Gold Listening Section reflects language used in real-life situations. It contains five parts. Depending on the test, students identify people in a picture based on descriptions; write words, names, and numbers; answer multiple-choice questions; and follow directions to color objects in a picture. The audio for each question is played twice.

The content covers a variety of listening skills:

  • Global skills that test comprehension of the entire passage, such as asking for the main idea
  • Local skills that test a part of the passage, such as a detail mentioned by the speaker

Part 1 (5 items): Test takers listen to five short conversations about people in a picture. They need to complete the matching task that follows.

Part 2 (5 items): Test takers listen to five short conversations followed by one question each with blanks for words and numbers.

Part 3 (5 questions): It consists of five short recorded conversations, each followed by a matching task.

Part 4 (5 questions): It consists of five short recorded conversations, each followed by a question. Test takers select the correct answer from three pictures.

Part 5 (5 questions): It consists of a conversation that includes instructions for test takers to color in parts of the pictures and write one or two words.

All parts are heard twice.

Listening section duration: 25 min.

This section is scored by trained examiners certified by the University of Michigan.

READING & WRITING (44 items)

The MYLE tests combine reading and writing skills in many interrelated activities. The content covers skills similar to those in the listening section: global and local. The Gold test contains seven parts. Depending on the test, students answer multiple-choice, true/false, and yes/no questions; fill in blanks in short or long texts; define vocabulary words; and/or write a short story.

The reading and writing section is scored by trained examiners certified by the University of Michigan.

Part 1 (5 items): A matching task between pictures and words requires the test taker to copy the word in a blank.

Part 2 (6 items): Statements accompanying a picture are followed by a choice of writing yes” or no.”

Part 3 (5 items): One side of a dialogue is given. Test takers choose the correct answers from a provided list to complete the dialogue.

Part 4 (10 items): A text with missing words is completed from a choice of three given words for each omission.

Part 5 (7 items): Three pictures that tell a story include fill-in-the-blank questions. Answers consist of single words, multiple words, or phrases.

Part 6 (5 items): A text with missing words is completed without a word bank.

Part 7 (6 items): Three pictures represent a story. The test taker writes a narrative based on the pictures.

Reading and Writing section duration: 40 min.

This section is scored at the University of Michigan.

SPEAKING

Each test taker participates in a structured, multistage task with one examiner. There are four stages in the Speaking section. In stage 1, the examiner shows the test taker the test takers copy of the Find the Differences picture. The test taker is also shown the examiners copy but is encouraged to use his/her own copy. The examiner then makes a series of statements about his/her own pictures and the test taker has to respond by making statements about how the test takers picture is different.  In stage 2 the examiner shows the test takers copy of the Information Exchange. The test taker is also shown the examiners copy but is encouraged to use his/her own copy. The examiner first asks questions related to the information the test taker has and the test taker answers. Then the test taker asks the examiner questions and the examiner answers. In stage 3 the examiner shows the test taker five story pictures, tells him/her the name of the story and describes the first picture. The examiner then asks the test taker to continue the story. The name of the story and the name(s) of the main character(s) are shown with the pictures in the test takers booklet. In stage 4 the examiner asks the test taker questions about a topic to finish the test.

Duration: 7-9 minutes 


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There is no pass or fail on the MYLE. Each test taker receives a certificate and a Statement of Results by Michigan Language Assessment. The Statement of Results is available online and features detailed, personalized feedback on the test taker’s strengths as well as practical ideas and areas for improvement.

The certificate shows how many medals the test taker earned. The maximum score is five medals for each section of the test, for a total of fifteen medals in all. With a total score of ten medals or more, a test taker should be ready to start preparing for the next MYLE exam.

Certificates are sent to test centers within six weeks of receipt of the tests at the scoring center.

All sections of the MYLE are scored by Michigan Language Assessment in the U.S.A.

Speaking examiners score the speaking tests, and then speaking scores — along with the completed listening, and reading and writing test booklets — are returned to Michigan Language Assessment.

The completed test booklets are scored very carefully by a team of trained raters. To make sure that each child gets the fairest possible result, all tests are checked twice. In most parts of the test, spelling has to be 100% correct.

There is no pass/fail score. Usually within 4 weeks after taking the examination, all test takers receive a certificate with the following information:

  • a score for each section of the test so test takers can see the areas in which they have done well and the areas in which they need to improve;
  • a total score.

The maximum score is five medals per section. A result of one medal means the test taker can improve significantly in the section’s skill; a result of five medals means that the test taker did very well in the section’s skill and answered most questions correctly.

The maximum total score is 15 medals. With a total score of 10 medals or more, a test taker should be ready to start preparing for the next Michigan Language Assessment MYLE exam.                                                                                      


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