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PET for Schools | Cambridge English: Preliminary for schools tests communicative competence in each of the four language skills at a level approximately two thirds of the way to the FCE. At this level, a pupil should be able to cope linguistically in a range of everyday situations, which require use of English in their own or foreign country in contact with native and non-native speakers of the language. About 380 hours of study are required to reach this level. The difference between PET and PET for School exam is in the content and treatment of topics that have been particularly targeted at the interests and experience of school pupils (age group 11 to 14).

Examination content:
Reading & Writing (1 hour and 30 minutes)
This component consists of 8 parts. 5 parts test a range of reading skills with a variety of texts, ranging from short notices to longer continuous texts. 3 parts concentrate on testing a range of writing skills. You should be able to understand the meaning of written English (factual information, newspaper articles and letters) and produce variations on simple sentences as well as pieces of continuous text. Reading and writing carries 50% of the total marks.
Listening (40 minutes)
This component consists of 4 parts ranging from short exchanges to longer dialogues and monologues. You need to show your ability to understand spoken material in both informal and neutral settings on a range of everyday topics. Listening carries 25% of the total marks.
Speaking (10-12 minutes per pair of candidates)
This component consists of 4 parts. You will need to be able to ask and understand questions and make appropriate responses, and to talk freely on matters of personal interest. Speaking carries 25% of the total marks.
What grades can I receive?

Candidates receive a standardised score for the whole exam on a fixed scale out of 100. There are fixed values for each PET grade:

Pass with Distinction (Council of Europe level B1) = 90-100
Pass with Merit = 85-89
Pass = 70-84
Council of Europe level A2 = 45-69
Fail = 0-44

The minimum score you need to achieve a passing grade is 70. Candidates with score 45-69 are issued with A2 level certificates.

Preparation materials

Textbooks for exam preparation:

  • Objective PET (CUP)
  • Insight into PET (CUP)
  • Common Mistakes at PET (CUP)
  • Cambridge Exams Extra PET (CUP)
  • Cambridge Grammar for PET (CUP)
  • Cambridge Vocabulary for PET (CUP)
  • Cambridge Preliminary English Test 2-5 (Past Papers) (CUP)
  • PET Masterclass (OUP)
  • PET Practice Tests (OUP)
  • PET Practice Tests Plus 1 (Pearson Longman)
  • Going for Gold Intermediate (Pearson Longman)
  • PET Practice Tests Plus 2 (Pearson Longman)
  • Ready for PET (Macmillan)
  • PET Testbuilder (Macmillan)
  • PET iTest Access Card (for online practice tests on iTests.com)
  • Premium B1, (Pearson  Longman)
  • Activate! B1 (for PET for schools), Pearson Longman

For more information about PET for Schools and useful resources visit the Cambridge ESOL candidate support website – PET for Schools.

Are you a teacher and want to register your pupils for Cambridge exams? You and your colleagues can join our loyalty programme for teachers and enjoy its benefits from only 10 registered candidates per year. For more information email to: jana.pavlova@britishcouncil.cz

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