The Cambridge Certificate: Preliminary and Preliminary for Schools, also known as Preliminary English Test (PET) and Preliminary English Test (PET) for Schools, respectively, are designed for learning English in order to be able to use English skills in everyday life (study, work, travel). Preliminary and Preliminary for Schools are regarded as the second level for general English examinations within the Cambridge certificates.

Level of PET

Preliminary and Preliminary for Schools correspond to level B1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Zielgruppe vom PET

Preliminary or Preliminary for Schools is a prerequisite for naturalization in the United Kingdom. The exam preparation aims to improve the English language skills. At the end of the preparation course, participants will understand relevant information and will be able to identify moods, attitudes and opinions through spoken and written English.

The Preliminary for Schools version is specially designed with the experiences and interests of students in mind and is intended to motivate students not only to learn English but also to take further examinations.

The advantages of PET

By attending a preparation course, you can acquire language skills that are close to everyday life. Both qualifications, which correspond to the intermediate level, prove that you are able to communicate in English with native speakers in everyday situations.

As a reliable benchmark for English language skills, the different language variants (e.g. American English, British English) are also included. Because the preparation course is designed to accommodate participants of different nationalities and language backgrounds, it is recognized by thousands of employers, universities and governments worldwide. The exam certificates are valid for life.

The learning goals of PET

Through the preparation course one is able to

  • cope with everyday situations (e.g. gathering information from simple instructions or public announcements);
  • cope with many situations that a tourist in an English speaking country may encounter;
  • ask simple questions or participate in factual conversations (e.g. at work);
  • write notes, e-mails or letters on familiar topics.

The registration for the PET

The registration is to be made directly at the examination center where the examination will be held. The examinations are held worldwide on fixed dates. There are also fixed starting dates for the respective preparation courses. The courses last between 9 and 12 weeks.

The PET Exam

There are about 2,700 examination centers in more than 130 countries worldwide, which offer examinations in

  • Reading and listening comprehension
  • Oral and written expression
  • Knowledge of grammar and vocabulary
  • Communication skills

perform. A variety of aids and materials, such as textbooks, worksheets, sample exams, can be used to prepare for the exam. The exam is divided into three parts

  • 90 minutes: Reading and writing,
  • 35 minutes: listening comprehension,
  • 10-12 minutes: Speak.

and can be filed as a paper version as well as on the computer. Each test result flows equally into the final result.

The cost of PET

The examination fees are set by the various examination centers and must be requested locally.

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