Cambridge English

Exam Overview

Key for Schools, also known as Key English Test (KET) for Schools, is a qualification that shows a pupil can deal with everyday written and spoken English at a basic level.

Key for Schools follows exactly the same format as Cambridge English: Key, also known as Key English Test (KET), and the level of the question papers is identical. The only difference is that the content and treatment of topics in Cambridge English: Key for Schools have been particularly targeted at the interests and experience of school pupils.

What's in the exam?

Paper Content Marks (% of Total) Purpose
Reading and Writing (1 hour 10 minutes) 9 parts/56 questions 50% Shows a pupil can understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. They will also have to fill gaps in simple sentences and write a short message or note.
Listening (30 minutes, including 8 minutes’ transfer time) 5 parts/25 questions 25% Requires a pupil to be able to understand announcements and other spoken material when people speak reasonably slowly.
Speaking (8–10 minutes per pair of candidates) 2 parts 25% Tests a pupil’s ability to take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. Their Speaking test will be conducted face-to-face with one or two other pupils. This makes their test more realistic and more reliable.

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