Front cover imageKEY FACTS

Guided Learning Hours: 30-50 (approx)
Pass marks: Refer:<50%; Pass: 50-64%; Merit: 65-79%; Distinction: 80%+

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What does the Junior STEP test?

  • About 200 words (the First STEP words, plus 100 more) from familiar categories such as parts of the body, animals, food and means of transport
  • Some useful structures to say who people are and what they’re doing
  • Some prepositions to say where people and things are
  • Some basic questions to find out what things are, or who things belong to

What does the student have to do in their Junior exam?

  • Match with lines
  • Choose answers
  • Write words and letters
  • Read and label

Student performance indicators

  • Has a basic vocabulary recognition of about 200 words
  • Knows how to describe present actions
  • Can identify and describe basic location and position
  • Can follow a short, simple written text

 Grammar and structures list

Grammar and Structure

What are they used for?

Some examples

Present Simple ( to be, to have, in the third person singular) Question form and short answers Describing personal attributes.
Identifying an object
He has black hair. The mouse is behind the cupboard. What is it? Is it a bird? Yes, it is. No it isn't.
Present continuous Describing present actions My brothers are watching a video. Jane is playing in the garden.


 I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they

 Identification I am listening to the radio. She is wearing a yellow dress.


her, his, their, our, my, your, its Identifying relationships and possession My mother is cooking. His name is John.


 A, an, the As part of the identification of an object Jane is playing in the garden. My brothers are watching a video.


in, behind, under, on, near, in front of (recognition only - not actively tested) Describing location and position The telephone is on the table. The mouse is under the bed. At school, at home, at the beach.

Word List




Clothes dress, shirt, T-shirt, trousers, skirt, boots, socks, trainers, hat, watch
Food, meals and drink cake, Ice-cream, biscuits, pizza, hamburger, hot-dog, omelette, steak, fish, salad, breakfast, lunch, dinner, milk, juice
Birds penguin, parrot, duck
School pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, book, desk, computer, blackboard, classroom, bag
Transport helicopter, boat, bus, bicycle, car, train, aeroplane
Animals  monkey, lion, bear, elephant, crocodile, cat, dog, snake, tiger, zebra, rabbit, mouse
Household television, video, chair, table, house, cassette-player, bed, bath, clock, picture, vase, photo, radio, door, mat, window, floor, cupboard
Kitchen glass, plate, bowl, cup, knife, fork