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About KET for Schools

The Format of the Exam

Reading and Writing Paper

This paper takes 1 hour 10 minutes. Parts 1-5 test your ability to read a variety of different texts and Parts 6-9 test your writing ability.

  • Part 1:
    Match five sentences to eight notices. 5 questions
  • Part 2:
    Choose the correct words to complete five sentences. 5 questions

  • Part 3a:
    Choose the correct answer to complete five short conversations. 5 questions

  • Part 3b:
    Fill five gaps in a conversation by choosing from eight possible answers. 5 questions

  • Part 4:
    Read a text and choose the correct answers to seven questions. 7 questions

  • Part 5:
    Choose the correct words to complete a text. 8 questions

  • Part 6:
    Read the definitions and then write the words and spell them correctly. 5 questions

  • Part 7:
    Write one word to fill each space in a short text. 10 questions

  • Part 8:
    Read two texts and use the information to complete someone’s notes. 5 questions

  • Part 9:
    Write a short message which includes three pieces of information. 1 question

Listening Paper

This paper takes about 30 minutes. You hear each part twice.

  • Part 1:
    Listen and choose the correct picture. 5 questions
  • Part 2:
    Listen and match the questions to five of the eight possible answers. 5 questions

  • Part 3:
    Listen and choose the correct answers to five questions. 5 questions

  • Part 4:
    Listen to a conversation and complete some notes. 5 questions

  • Part 5:
    Listen to one speaker and complete some notes. 5 questions

Speaking Paper

This paper lasts about 10 minutes. You do this part of the exam with one other candidate.

  • Part 1:
    Answer the examiner’s questions about you. Time: 5–6 minutes
  • Part 2:
    Use the cards to ask and answer questions with your partner. Time: 3–4 minutes

The KET for Schools exam consists of three papers:

KET for Schools is an exam set by Cambridge English Language Assessment. It is also known as the Cambridge English: Key for Schools exam. It tests your ability to read, write, listen and speak in English. If you pass, you will get a qualification which shows that you have a basic knowledge of English and that you can do things like:

ask questions to find out about someone’s family or hobbies

give facts about yourself

talk about your likes and dislikes

understand simple instructions

follow simple travel directions

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