This post and set of downloads/links is a bit of a "from the Raven's Vault" type of thing.
Way back in 2005, the subject of tests for young learners was being debated and explored on the IATEFL YL-SIG discussion list, and I mentioned that I had actually found the Cambridge YLE Test booklets (or more accurately: past test papers) really useful as regular classroom materials. So useful, in fact, that I had even expanded the test papers and built supplementary study kits to go with them.
A very nice lady from Cambridge ESOL contacted me pretty quickly expressing tons of enthusiasm and asking for all sorts of information about how we were using the tests in class and how we were supplementing them.
I sent this nice lady the following files:
Plus the following explanation to provide some context on how they were applied:
Unfortunately, I never heard from the nice Cambridge ESOL lady again, though I did note with interest that about one year later Cambridge launched some impressive "fun" YLE test prep books with a range of supplementary activities.
[Aside: this sort of thing can happen a lot when you start to deal with major ELT publishers - they love to have you tell them how to improve what they do and provide samples of your work from actual classroom settings almost as much as they love never replying to your emails or giving you any credit! Get used to it but, erm, try not to take it personally, okay?]
Anyway, I do apologise if the downloads there don't make a lot of sense at first glance (you sort of need to see them alongside the actual test papers, and I think there are now second editions available which may not match up precisely with the supplementary kits I made for the first editions), but some downloadable tests at the following links might help with matching the supplementary activities to the original formats in the test booklets:
Even without the exact context or teacher's notes, you might find the kit downloads I provided above interesting to look at for potential material/activity design for YLs, and in particular, how we can supplement and work around formal test formats (or, for that matter, just preset coursebook materials) to create more learner involvement and learning strategies/skills.
There are all sorts of supplements and extensions in those kits, everything from word finds and vocabulary grids to story expansions or re-writing, supplementing one skill (like listening) with others (like more speaking and writing), and lots more.
Hope they give you some ideas. Enjoy!