General English

Cambridge English: Preliminary is also known as the Preliminary English Test (PET). This exam level shows that you can communicate in English in practical, everyday situations. It will give you a good foundation if you want to study for a professional English qualification.

Level of qualification: Intermediate = B1 on the Common European Framework

Who should take this exam?

Studying for the PET will improve your English so that you can communicate when travelling or dealing with English speakers for work.

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • express your likes and dislikes, and discuss them with others
  • understand spoken and written announcements and instructions
  • write a personal letter or take notes from a meeting or discussion.

How does the exam process work?

There are three parts to the exam. You do the Reading & Writing and the Listening papers on the same day. You may need to return to do the Speaking on a different day. You do the Speaking part with two examiners and one other exam candidate.

PET

READING AND WRITING

LISTENING

SPEAKING

Time allowed

1 hr 30 mins

30mins

10 - 12 mins per pair of candidates

Marks (% of total)

50%

25%

25%