Choose your Reader
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).
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
Find the best Reader for your class!View reading scheme
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.View grading system
- 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)
- 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 classroomStart here
Choose your Reader by English learner levelSee levels
Find the right Readers to complement your ELT courseSee charts
All of our readers come with classroom resourcesSee samples