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What is the PET exam, who should take it, and what do you have to do in the exam?

What is the PET exam?

The Cambridge English: Preliminary exam, also known as the PET exam, which stands for Preliminary English Test, is designed for students with intermediate English (B1). The PET exam can be either a paper-based test or a computer-based test. Like the rest of Cambridge exams, PET is either a pass or fail exam. The test lasts 140 minutes in total and is made up of 4 sections. PET for Schools is a version of the exam which is designed for school children to take. The makeup of the test is the same as the regular PET exam but the questions and topics are designed for younger learners.

Who is the exam for?

The exam is for students who are B1 on the Common European Framework. Students who take the exam should be able to discuss likes and dislikes, write a letter, and be able to understand both oral and written commands.

What do you have to do?

The test is divided into 4 parts and these are:

  1. Reading (six parts - 45 minutes)

  2. Writing (two parts- 45 minutes)

  3. Listening (four parts- 30 minutes)

  4. Speaking (an interview, 12-17minutes)​

A full breakdown of the test can be found by clicking on the link to the Cambridge website below:

Should I take the PET exam?

The PET exam is a great exam for anyone who needs a B1 certificate and it is also a very useful exam for anyone who wants to continue taking further Cambridge exams such as FCE. The test allows test takers to become used to the Cambridge exam format and style.

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