Cambridge English: KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE

Cambridge English: Key (KET) for Schools

The Cambridge English: Key or Key English Test (KET) as it is also known, is the next phase after the students have completed Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) and corresponds with A2 Level of the CEFR.  It seeks out to help students communicate using basic English in their day-to-day life.  They should be able to understand written information from various texts, e.g. newspapers and magazines, write short messages and notes, understand spoken announcements and take part in a conversation by answering and asking questions.

The exam is split into 3 components:
Listening paper: 30 minutes including 8 minutes transfer time (25% of total marks)
Reading and Writing paper: 1 hour 10 minutes (50% of total marks)
Speaking paper: 8-10 minutes per pair of candidates (25% of total marks)

 

Exam Results:
The results for the Cambridge English: Key (KET) for Schools exam ranges from Fail to Pass with Distinction, those that attain Level A1-B1 will receive a certificate:

Cambridge English: Key- Level B1: Pass with Distinction
For outstanding candidates who have occasionally demonstrated their English language skills passed Level A2 on the CEFR and scored 90-100 on the exam.  

Cambridge English: Key- Level A2: Pass with Merit or Pass
Candidates will be awarded the Key English Test certificate at CEFR Level A2 if they achieve a Pass with Merit (85-89 score) or Pass (70-84 score) in the exam.

Cambridge English: Key- Level A1
If candidates score 45-69 on the exam they will be awarded with a Cambridge English certificate highlighting that their English ability has been established at CEFR A1 Level.  

 

Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) for Schools

The Cambridge English: Preliminary or Preliminary English Test (PET) and Preliminary English Test for Schools (PETfS) as it is also known, is recommended for students in S1 to S2 (B1 Level of CEFR).  The test is a natural step up from Cambridge English: Key (KET) for Schools.  It aims to enable students to be able to use English in their day-to-day lives.  The difference between PET and PETfS is that PETfs is targeted at school learners.

The exam is split into 3 components:
Listening paper: 36 minutes including 6 minutes transfer time (25% of total marks)
Reading and Writing paper: 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of total marks)
Speaking paper: 10-12 minutes per pair of candidates (25% of total marks)

 

Exam Results:
The results for the Cambridge English: Preliminary exams range from Fail to Pass with Distinction.  Those that attain Level A2 to B2 will receive a certificate:

Cambridge English: Preliminary- Level B2: Pass with Distinction
For outstanding candidates who have occasionally demonstrated their English language skills passed Level B1 on the CEFR and scored 90-100 on the exam.  

Cambridge English: Preliminary - Level B1: Pass with Merit or Pass
Candidates will be awarded the Preliminary English Test certificate at CEFR Level B1 if they achieve a Pass with Merit (85-89 score) or Pass (70-84 score) in the exam.

Cambridge English: Preliminary - Level A2
If candidates score 45-69 on the exam they will be awarded with a Cambridge English certificate highlighting that their English ability has been established at CEFR A2 Level.  

 

Cambridge English: First for Schools (FCEfS)

The Cambridge English: First for Schools (FCEfS) and is aimed at school-aged learners not adults compared to First Certificate in English (FCA), however the level is the same and is based on CEFR Level B2.  It aims to demonstrate that a student is competent in English speaking and writing, enough so that they can work or study comfortably in an English-speaking landscape.     

The exam is split into 4 components:
Listening paper: 40 minutes (20% of total marks)
Reading and use of English: 1 hour and 15 minutes (40% of total marks)
Writing paper: 1 hour 20 minutes (20% of total marks)
Speaking paper: 14 minutes per pair of candidates (20% of total marks)

 

Exam Results:
The results for the Cambridge English: First is calculated based on the average score between the papers for listening, reading, use of English, writing and speaking.  Those that attain a pass grade between A and C (CEFR Level C1 to B2) will receive a certificate.

 

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

This exam is also known as Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE) and is based on CEFR Level C1. ¬†It aims to demonstrate that a student has reached a level of English expected of some in business or someone studying at university ‚Äď undergraduate level.

The exam is split into 4 components:
Listening paper: 40 minutes (20% of total marks)
Reading and use of English: 1 hour and 30 minutes (40% of total marks)
Writing paper: 1 hour 30 minutes (20% of total marks)
Speaking paper: 15 minutes per pair of candidates (20% of total marks)

 

Exam Results:
The results for the Cambridge English: Advanced is calculated based on the average score between the papers for listening, reading, use of English, writing and speaking.  Those that attain a pass grade between A and C (CEFR Level C2 to C1) will receive a certificate.

 

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

The Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) as it is alternatively known, is based on CEFR Level C2.  Attaining this qualification demonstrates that the student can communicate in English fluently in challenging situations similar to that of a native speaker.

The exam is split into 4 components:
Listening paper: 40 minutes (20% of total marks)
Reading and use of English: 1 hour and 30 minutes (40% of total marks)
Writing paper: 1 hour 30 minutes (20% of total marks)
Speaking paper: 16 minutes per pair of candidates (20% of total marks)

 

Exam Results:
The results for the Cambridge English: Proficiency is calculated based on the average score between the papers for listening, reading, use of English, writing and speaking.  Those that attain a pass grade between A and C (CEFR Level C2) will receive a certificate.