Cambridge English

Exam Overview

Preliminary for Schools, also known as Preliminary English Test (PET) for Schools, is a qualification that shows a pupil can deal with everyday written and spoken English at an intermediate level.

Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools follows exactly the same format as Cambridge English: Preliminary, also known as Preliminary English Test (PET), and the level of the question papers is identical. The only difference is that the content and treatment of topics in Cambridge English: Preliminary 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 30 minutes) Reading: 5 parts/ 35 questions Writing: 3 parts/ 7 questions 50% Pupils need to be able to read texts from signs, journals, newspapers and magazines and understand the main points. They will need to show they can use vocabulary and structure by completing tasks such as producing a short message, and writing a story or letter of around 100 words.
Listening (about 30 minutes plus 6 minutes of transfer time) 4 parts/25 questions 25% Pupils need to show they can understand the meaning of a range of recorded spoken material, including announcements, interviews and discussions about everyday life. They will also need to be able to understand the attitudes and intentions of the speakers.
Speaking (10–12 minutes per pair of candidates) 4 parts 25% Pupils take part in a conversation, asking and answering questions, and talking freely about their likes and dislikes. They take the Speaking test with another candidate or in a group of three.

How much does the exam cost?

Success story

Contact your exam preparation centre (CSE English School-Negombo) to find out how much the exam costs, available exam dates and how to register.

‘I took the exam because I wanted to find out how good I am at English. The day of the exam I felt very nervous because I’ve never had a similar experience before. But when I saw the tasks I felt safer and became calm. Every task was explained well and I’m just glad that I had the chance to do the exam.’
Sherini Malisha- Kochchikade, Sri Lanka-Cambridge English: Preliminary candidate