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Primary Level 

Anglia’s step by step approach to testing encourages and motivates students to make clear and effective progress!

When you take a Primary level exam you can show us that you have learnt more words and can now do useful things like tell the time in English and read an English postcard from a friend.

At this level, you can also show us that you are good at getting some things exactly right, like making plural words and forming simple questions.

Your Primary level certificate means you understand lots of important things about English, and that you are beginning to use your English to communicate with.


Overview of Tasks:

Reading & Writing:



Section A (20 marks)

Use of English: general grammar

Four-option multiple choice

Ten questions

Section B (20 marks)

Use of English: Personal pronouns/have/be
Fill the gaps
Ten questions

Section C (10 marks)

Use of English: plurals
Fill the gaps
Five questions

Section D (10 marks)

Telling the time
Write the time
Five questions

Section E (10 marks)

Writing: vocabulary
Write words
Ten questions

Section F (10 marks)

Vocabulary recognition
Identify the odd-one-out
Ten questions

Section G (10 marks)

Writing: informal message
Fill the gaps
Ten questions

Section H (10 marks)

Reading comprehension
One text approx. 100 words
Three-option multiple choice
Five questions




Section L1 (10 marks)

Listening for words in context
Four-option multiple choice
Five questions

Section L2 (10 marks)

Listening for words in context
Fill the gaps
Ten questions

Section L3 (10 marks)

Listening for meaning
Match the item to the name
Five questions





Section S1 (1 - 2 minutes)
(Task 1)

Warm Up

Section S2 (3 - 4 minutes)
(Task 2)

Name and explain

Find the odd one out

Section S3 (3 - 4 minutes)
(Task 3)

Answering questions 
Picture prompts

Optional extension

Rhyme, chant or poem

Syllabus and Specifications:

Performance Indicators

The student:

  • has a basic active vocabulary of about 300 words.

  • can tell the time can describe present actions, give personal and family information, describe habits, routines, and everyday activities.

  • can communicate when and how often an action or event takes place.

  • can form questions and negatives.


Grammar and Structures List

Grammar and Structures

What are they used for?

Some examples


There is/ there are

Identifying something/someone

There is a book on the table.
There are four girls in the kitchen.

Present simple

Talking about habits, routines, facts (such as where a person lives), the actions of everyday life

My uncle lives in a small house.
She is thirteen years old.
I always take the bus to school.

The present simple with the verb 'like' + 'ing' in the third person singular and plural

Describing what people or animals like doing

My cat likes sleepingin the garden.
My brothers like playing football in the park.

Present continuous

Talking about present actions

My brothers are playing football in the park at the moment.

Interrogative forms of the above two tenses

Asking and answering questions about the above

Do they often go to the cinema?
Do you have/ Haveyou got a computer?
Are the children doingtheir homework?
Is she eating her breakfast at the moment?

Negative forms of the above two tenses

Making the above negative

Sue doesn't like dogs.
John isn't studyingnow, he is talking on the phone.

The modal 'can'

Describing an ability or skill

He can play the guitar.
They can cook.


All personal pronouns as subject or object - I, you, he, she, it, we, they, me, you, him, her, it, us, them

Describing and identifying people, animals and objects

Do you want my father?
He is in the garden.
John is with him.

Demonstrative pronouns - this, these, that, those

Asking for, and giving information

These are tables.
That family is rich.
Is this a kettle?



because, and, or, but

Linking sentence parts and ideas

John and Mary are in the garden because it is sunny.


What, Who, Where, When, Why, How many

Asking questions about people, animals and objects

What is this?
Who is that girl?
Where are Peter and Paul?


Adverbs of time - today, now, at the moment
Adverbs of frequency - always, never, sometimes, often, usually, every day, every week, every month

Describing when and how often someone does something or something> Discriminating between the present continuous and the present simple

usually eat an egg for breakfast.

At the moment, John is playing in the park.


In, on, at, to

Talking about time, place, position

The examination finishes at 4p.m.
My brother is 10 years old in August.
I am going to Disney World on 1st August.


10.15 = ten fifteen or (a) quarter past ten

telling the time

ten fifteen, twenty past one, half past ten, a quarter to two,  eleven forty-five,  etc.


simple nouns, including some common irregular ones
Countable and uncountable nouns
The names of common shapes

Talking about numbers of things

Talking about amounts and quantities
Describing the shape of something

eg, book-books, box-boxes man-men, woman-women, child-children, party-parties

Can I have the butter?

Can I have two sweets?
This is a square. That is a circle.


The formulaic salutations of informal writing in messages such as emails, postcards

Writing communication

love from


1. Nouns:

sets of lexical items


dress, shirt, T-shirt, trousers, skirt, boots, socks, shoes, trainers, hat, watch.
jeans, jacket, tie, coat

Food, meals and drink

cake, ice-cream, biscuits, pizza, hamburger, hot-dog, omelette, steak, fish, salad, breakfast, lunch, dinner, party, milk, juice.
bread, tea, coffee, water, lemonade, egg, chicken, sandwich, sugar, ketchup, chips, cheese, sweets, butter


penguin, parrot, duck,
hen, chicken


teacher, doctor, farmer, secretary, businessman/woman, policeman/woman, shop assistant, in the army, student


pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, book, desk, computer, blackboard, classroom, bag
teacher, homework, work, test, exam, student, lesson


helicopter, boat, bus, bicycle, car, train, aeroplane, 
taxi, bike, motor bicycle, motorbike, tractor, lorry (Brit), truck (Amer)


monkey, lion, bear, elephant, crocodile, cat, dog, snake, tiger, zebra, rabbit, mouse, 
fox, frog, spider, hippo, giraffe, horse, sheep, cows, pets


television, video, chair, table, house, cassette-player, bed, bath, clock, picture, vase, photo, radio, door, mat, window, floor, cupboard, 
mirror, sofa, armchair, shower, wardrobe


glass, plate, bowl, cup, knife, fork, spoon


potato, tomato, carrot, cabbage


pear, peach, apple, banana, orange, lemon
cherry, strawberry, melon


dolphin, octopus, shark, whale, starfish, fish, goldfish


flower, tree, grass

Days of the week

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Months of the year

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


football, tennis, swimming, basketball, volleyball
baseball, fishing, football match, tennis racket, running


park, garden, home, school, shop, house, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom
living room, zoo, farm, supermarket, office, cinema, cafe, restaurant, car park, flat, swimming pool, town centre, beach, sea, mountains, town, city, village, fields, country (e.g. England etc.), countryside

Musical Instruments

guitar, piano, drum


ball, kite, castle, soldiers, paint, paintbrush, puppet, drum, gun


sun, rain, wind, snow, hot, cold

Parts of the body

hair, eyes, mouth, nose, face, arms, legs, foot/feet, head, hands



Cardinal numbers

one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty
twenty-one to sixty

Time expressions

four fifteen, [a] quarter past/to four, half past four, ten past four, four ten, ten to four, etc.
morning, evening, today


letters, words, sentence, question, answer, story

Family members and people

mother, father, brother, sister, baby, girl, boy, child, children
aunt, uncle, cousin, grandmother, grandfather, Mum, Dad, man, woman, friend


square, circle, triangle, rectangle


film, newspaper, magazine, star, moon, thing

 2. Adjectives:

sets of lexical items


tall, short, big, small, favourite, best, little


happy, sad


black, blue, green, yellow, white, orange, red, grey, brown, 
pink, purple


old, young, new


clever, nice, good




watch, play, listen, cook, wear, go, read, write, eat, drink, sit, stand, have, has, is, are, am, 
live, work, walk, run, sleep, ride, drive, make, do, understand, want, like, can, swim, look, have/has got, get up, start, talk, buy, tell, clean, wash


a, an, the


I, you, he, she, it, we, they, 
me, him, them, us


my, your, his, her, our, their


in, under, behind, on, near, in front of, at,
to, (by, about, for - may appear in certain expressions; not tested)


What, When, Why, Where, Who, Whose


today, now, at the moment, never, always, sometimes, often, usually, every day, every week


because, and, or, then, next


this, that, these, those

Grade Boundaries: 

Grades are calculated by weighting the Listening % by 0.2 and the Written % by 0.8 - adding the results together and then using the information above.


Relevant Documents


Sample Papers

Further Practice

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