Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) and Preliminary for Schools (PETfs)

British Council

Cambridge English: Preliminary is also known as the Preliminary English Test (PET) and Preliminary English Test for Schools (PETfs). 

Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools (PETfs) is at the same level as Cambridge English: Preliminary 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.

This exam shows that you can communicate in English in practical, everyday situations. It will give you a good foundation if you want to study for a professional English qualification.

Level of qualification: Intermediate = B1 on the Common European Framework.

Who should take this exam?

Studying for the PET exam will improve your English so that you can communicate when travelling or dealing with English speakers for work.

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • express your likes and dislikes, and discuss them with others
  • understand spoken and written announcements and instructions
  • write a personal letter or take notes from a meeting or discussion.

How does the exam process work?

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.

PET / PETfs Reading and Writing Listening Speaking 
Time allowed 1 hr 30 mins 30 mins 10-12 mins per pair of candidates
Marks (% of total) 50% 25% 25%

Information about exam dates, costs and locations

What's the difference...

More information:

B1 Preliminary, formerly known as Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)
Information to Candidates 

B1 Preliminary for Schools, formerly known as Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools (PET for Schools)
Information to Candidates