The table below give some examples at each Cambridge English: Young Learners level (Flyers) of typical general ability, plus ability in each of the skill areas and in a range of contexts (Social & Leisure and School). These statements are linked to the CEFR.

Typical Abilities Listening & Speaking Reading & Writing
Overall General Ability CAN say that they do not understand something or cannot do something, and ask for help, using expressions such as ‘Could you say it again, please?’.
CAN talk about a problem in simple terms.
CAN understand longer texts about everyday topics, even if they do not know all the words.
CAN use a dictionary to help them understand a word they do not know.
Social & Leisure CAN arrange with friends to do something or play together.
CAN make and respond to invitations, suggestions, apologies and requests.
CAN write a short message on a postcard or in an email.
CAN write about how they feel and give reasons why, in simple sentences.
School CAN understand audio and video clips used in the English lesson.
CAN talk briefly about things they have done, for example about their favourite holiday.
CAN write short dialogues, for example in speech bubbles, picture stories, comics.
CAN make up a story in English using ideas, pictures or words that the teacher gives them.