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

Prices

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 PET 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

B2/PET 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 PET 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

B2/PET 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 + 2 PET 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

B2/PET 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 PET for Schools only)

B2/PET 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:

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