Cambridge English: Key (KET) and Key for Schools (KETfs)
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British Council

Cambridge English: Key, also known as the Key English Test (KET), is the lowest level General English exam in the Cambridge English range. It shows that you can communicate in basic English in everyday situations. 

Cambridge English: Key for Schools (KETfs) is at the same level as Cambridge English: Key and leads to exactly the same internationally accepted certificate. The only difference is that the exam content is targeted at the interests and experiences of schoolchildren.

Level of qualification: Elementary = A2 on the Common European Framework.

Who should take this exam?

You should take the KET if you have done about 250 hours of study or practice and can speak, write and understand basic English. This exam is the first step in building your English language skills for work or study in the future. To take the exam you should be able to:

  • ask and answer questions about yourself and others
  • understand announcements and instructions when people speak slowly and clearly
  • tell people what you think about something you read or hear.

What is the exam format?

There are three parts to the exam. You do the Reading and Writing and the Listening papers on the same day. You may need to return to do the Speaking on a different day. You do the Speaking with two examiners and one other exam candidate.

KET / KETfs Reading and Writing Listening Speaking
Time allowed 1 hr 10 mins 30 mins 8-10 mins per pair of candidates
Marks (% of total) 50% 25% 25%

Price

EUR 100.00

Dates

Note: alterations – June 2020

Please note that the registration period for Cambridge English Assessment exams in the June 2020 session has been extended.

The new "Register by..." dates are as follows:

  • Friday 17 April  2020 (for all exams except B2 FIRST 20 June)
  • Thursday 30 April 2020 (for B2 FIRST 20 June)

Please note also that online registrations have been made available for candidates who wish to enrol for the following exams:

  • in Guarda: A2 KEY, B1 PRELIMINARY, B2 FIRST & C1 ADVANCED
  • in Tomar: A2 KEY, B1 PRELIMINARY & B2 FIRST.

 

What's the difference...

Coimbra (3 dates in 2020 + 1 KET for Schools)

Exam date Exam type Register by
14 March 2020 Paper based 10 January 2020
13 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020
14 November 2020 Paper based 25 September 2020

A2/KET for schools

Exam date Exam type Register by
23 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020

Funchal (1 date in 2020)

Exam date Exam type Register by
13 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020

Guarda (1 date in 2020)

Exam date Exam type Register by
13 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020

Lisbon (3 dates in 2020 + 2 KET for Schools)

Exam date Exam type Register by
14 March 2020 Paper based 10 January 2020
13 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020
14 November 2020 Paper based 25 September 2020

A2/KET for schools

Exam date Exam type Register by
15 May 2020 Computer based 13 March 2020
23 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020

Porto (3 dates in 2020 + 2 KET for Schools)

Exam date Exam type Register by
14 March 2020 Paper based 10 January 2020
13 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020
14 November 2020 Paper based 25 September 2020

A2/KET for schools

Exam date Exam type Register by
15 May 2020 Computer based 13 March 2020
23 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020

Setubal (2 KET for Schools only)

A2/KET for schools

Exam date Exam type Register by
15 May 2020 Computer based 13 March 2020
23 May 2020 Paper based 13 March 2020

Tomar (1 date in 2020)

Exam date Exam type Register by
13 June 2020 Paper based 03 April 2020

More information:

A2 Key, formerly known as Cambridge English: Key (KET)
Information to Candidates

A2 Key for Schools, formerly known as Cambridge English: Key for Schools (KET for Schools)
Information to Candidates