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With a large selection of genres graded to different levels of English, there's a Reader for everyone!

English learners of any age can enjoy and learn from reading, whatever their language level, because each series is graded to different levels.

The clear language guidelines mean levels can be accurately matched to internationally recognized standards, such as the Cambridge Young Learners English Tests (CYLET), The Common European Frame work of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and The Global Scale of English (GSE).

Young Learners

  • Pearson English Kids Readers for children aged 6 to 12 years are graded to 6 levels
  • Pearson English Story Readers for children aged 5 to 11 years are graded to 4 levels
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Teens and Adults

  • Pearson English Readers for English students aged 12 years and up are graded to 7 levels
  • Pearson English Active Readers for English students aged 12 years and up are graded to 5 levels
View correlation chart View GSE correlation More about Readers for Teens & Adults

Placement tests

Not sure of your student's level? Use these placement tests to help you decide what level is best suited for your students.

There are two tests, marked A and B, for each level. All files are PDF and require Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click on the each level to download the tests, answer sheets and answer keys

Reading scheme

Find the best Reader for your class!

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Grading of language

Our grading system is based on the language which a learner at that level is likely to have studied in class or be able to understand from the context and illustrations.

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  • The Pearson English Readers grading system considers:
  • The age of the student
  • Structure (grammar)
  • Number of head words (indicating the range/extent of vocabulary used)
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence length
  • Sentence complexity
  • Number of words on a page
  • Number of pages in a book
  • Complexity of activities
  • Number of hours of English completed by the reader

How to use Readers

Find out how to use Readers in your classroom

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Choose your Reader by English learner level

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Correlation Charts

Find the right Readers to complement your ELT course

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Teaching Resources

All of our readers come with classroom resources

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