KET is Cambridge ESOL’s exam which recognises the ability to deal with everyday written and spoken English at a basic level.
There are two versions of KET available: KET and KET for Schools. Both follow exactly the same format and the level of the question papers is identical. The only difference is that the content and treatment of topics in KET for Schools have been particularly targeted at the interests and experience of school pupils.
If this describes your skills now, or describes the level of skills you are working towards, then KET is the right exam for you.
Cambridge ESOL is a department of the world-famous and historic University of Cambridge. Attaining one of its certificates is an achievement and a reward in itself. However, there are many other benefits to taking KET:
‘I decided to take the examination because Cambridge is a very famous university. After I took it, my English skills improved and I have experience of taking an international exam. Thank you.’
Karan Ulhaka — KET candidate
KET is at Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) — an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability. The framework uses six levels to describe language ability from A1 to C2. ‘Can Do’ statements have been used to describe these levels in terms of real language skills.
At A2 level, typical users can be expected to:
Your preparation for KET will give you these kinds of practical language skills.
Reading and Writing: 1 hour 10 minutes
You will need to be able to understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. You will also have to fill gaps in simple sentences and write a short piece of around 25 words.
Listening: 30 minutes
You need to show your ability to understand announcements and other spoken material when spoken reasonably slowly.
Speaking: up to 10 minutes
You will need to demonstrate you can take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. Speaking tests are normally held with two candidates.
Thanarak Srijaroensuk — KET candidate