Guided learning hours: 140-180 approx.
Pass marks: Refer:<50%; Pass: 50-64%; Merit: 65-79%; Distinction: 80%+
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What does the Elementary STEP test?
Over the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking (optional), new elements that this level tests are:
- Increased vocabulary
- Future tenses
- Present perfect
- Past continuous
- Used to
- Expressing purpose
- Question tags
- Relative pronouns
- Reflexive pronouns
- Some phrasal and prepositional verbs
What does the student have to do in their Elementary test?
- A short composition
- Match letters
- Multiple choice questions
- Fill in gaps
- Rearrange word order
- Answer true/false questions
Student performance indicators
- Write a short, connected text on descriptive or narrative topics
- Read and understand a text from a familiar range of topics
- Ask and answer questions about past or present events
- Distinguish between and use a variety of tenses in familiar contexts: past, present and future
- Express basic intention, purpose, obligation, preference and advice
Grammar and structures list
Grammar and Structure
What are they used for?
|Future simple -will
1st conditional - with 'if' clause present and result clause will/won'
|Talking about future plans
Talking about future plans which have conditions on them
|What will you do when you are older?
If it rains, we won't go to the park.
|Future of intention 'be going to'||Talking about future intentions||I'm going to see a film this evening.|
|Past continuous - when, while||Talking about past activities which were interrupted||I was having my breakfast when the postman knocked.
While I was studying, he played loud music.
|Used to||Talking about long past habits and states||My father used to work in an office.
My sister used to have long hair.
|Modals -should, must||Expressing obligation and advice||You must study hard if you want to go to university.
You mustn't worry about it.
You should always lock your car.
|Infinitive of purpose||Talking about the purpose of doing something||Jane went to America to learn English.|
|Isn't he? Aren't you? Do you? Etc||Asking for confirmation of a negative or positive statement or inviting an answer to a question||You are coming to my party, aren't you?
You haven't seen my car keys, have you?
|Which, who, that||Identifying people and objects||This is the best cake that I have ever eaten.
Jack is the one who is sitting at the back of the class.
|Myself, himself, herself, etc.||Identify people and objects||He hurt himself.|
Adverbs of frequency eg never, sometimes.
|Describing how often, how, when and to what extent people do something.
Indicating degree of possibility.
Ordering events and understanding instructions and directions
|I have never flown in a plane.
At the moment, the children are playing in the park.
The children walked home slowly.
He is probably in his room.
First, I had my breakfast.
Go down the road and then straight on.
|The contrast of too/enough||Talking about the extent of something||The student isn't trying hard enough, he never does his homework.
The student is trying too hard, he will make himself ill.
|Prepositions as used in some very common phrasal verbs* and prepositional phrases*||You must put on a hat if you go out in the sun.
I am very fond of my pets.
|eg really, quite, so, very||Indicating degree||It is really hot today.|
|Markers eg right, well.
Use of substitution.
|"Right, has everyone got a book?"
I think so. I hope so.
|First name, surname, age, date of birth, address, postcode, country, nationality.||Coping in formal situations especially when filling in forms||Date of Birth: 30.10.78|
A good example of an essay at this level:
The Birthday Party
My favourite birthday party was yesterday. I had a great time.
When we woke up in the morning, we went to the cake shop to buy my birthday cake. It was beautiful. It had the shape of a castle. I wanted to eat it before the birthday party but I was patient and I didn't eat it.
In the afternoon, my cousins, my aunt and my uncle finally arrived. I was so happy. We all sang Happy Birthday and after that we ate the cake. I also had a lot of presents.
This day was the best day of my life.