PET has three papers: Reading and Writing, Listening, and Speaking
Each paper is returned to Cambridge for marking and assessment, except the Speaking Test, which is conducted by two locally based examiners who examine you face to face. All examiners are accredited by Cambridge ESOL.
- Reading and Writing (Paper 1) 1 hour 30 minutes
The Reading and Writing paper assesses the ability to read and understand factual texts taken from signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. You need to be able to understand the main messages and the effect they may have on a reader, and to have strategies for dealing with unfamiliar words and structures.
The paper includes a variety of tasks including filling in gaps in simple texts, completing forms, and writing a short report or letter of around 100 words to demonstrate control of structure, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation.
- Listening (Paper 2) 30 minutes
The Listening paper assesses the ability to understand recorded material such as public announcements and dialogues, which will be delivered at a moderate pace. You need to be able to understand the factual information in the recordings, and to assess the attitudes and intentions of the speakers.
- Speaking (Paper 3) 10-12 minutes
The Speaking Test assesses the ability to interact in conversational English with an examiner and with another candidate. You need to be able to answer and ask questions about yourself and to talk freely about your likes and dislikes.