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PET (Preliminary English Test)

This is the second level of Cambridge exams which proves that you can get by in everyday written and oral communication (reading of simple articles, writing short letters, taking notes in class).

Choose the PET exam if :

  • You wish to work, study or develop a career plan abroad
  • You are thinking about sitting an exam at a higher level
  • You wish to acquire notions of English in order to communicate at a basic professional level

What does the PET exam consist of ?

1. Reading comprehension (90 minutes)
The reading comprehension exam (writing and reading) tests your ability to read and understand texts taken from signposts, brochures, newspapers and magazines. You should be able to understand the general meaning of the text even if you are not familiar with all of the words and expressions used. For writing, you should be able to change around turns of phrase, make a list of points and write a letter to a friend or write a short story. This letter or story has to be of around 100 words and show that you have a command of grammatical structure, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation.

2. Listening comprehension (35 minutes)
This test proves that you understand simple dialogues and announcements made in public places (train station, bus, museum, etc.)

3. Oral expression (10-12 minutes)
During this exam, you need to be at ease when you are speaking with the examiner or another student. You should be able to answer and ask questions about yourself and to give an opinion about your interests.

To find out the exact dates of the exams and to get further information on the PET, take a look at the Cambridge ESOL website.