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Exam Format

Reading and Writing Paper

This paper takes 1 hour and 30 minutes. It carries 50% of the total marks for the exam.

Reading
  • Part 1:
    Read five short notices or messages and choose the correct answer. 5 questions
  • Part 2:
    Match the requirements of five people to five of eight short texts. 5 questions

  • Part 3:
    Read a text and decide whether ten statements are true or false. 10 questions

  • Part 4:
    Read a text and choose the correct answer from four options. 5 questions

  • Part 5:
    Choose the correct word to complete the spaces in a text. 10 questions

Writing
  • Part 1:
    Complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first sentence.
    5 questions
  • Part 2:
    Write a short message including three pieces of information that you are given.
    1 question

  • Part 3:
    Write an informal letter answering some questions
    or
    Write a story using the title or the opening sentence given.
    1 question

Listening Paper

This paper takes about 30 minutes and carries 25% of the total marks.
You hear each part twice.

  • Part 1:
    Listen to seven short recordings and choose the correct pictures. 7 questions
  • Part 2:
    Listen to a talk or interview and choose the correct answers. 6 questions

  • Part 3:
    Listen to one speaker and complete some notes. 6 questions

  • Part 4:
    Listen to a conversation and decide if six statements are true or false. 6 questions

Speaking Paper

This paper takes about 10–12 minutes and carries 25% of the total marks.
You do this part of the exam with one other candidate.

  • Part 1:
    Answer the examiner’s questions about you, and listen to your partner answering questions.
    Time: 2–3 minutes
  • Part 2:
    With your partner, discuss possible options for a situation you are given, and decide what is best.
    Time: 2–3 minutes

  • Part 3:
    Talk about the photograph you are given, and listen to your partner describing a photograph.
    Time: 3 minutes

  • Part 4:
    Have a conversation with your partner, continuing the theme from Part 3.
    Time: 3 minutes

The PET exam consists of three papers:

PET is an exam set by Cambridge English Language Assessment. It is also known as the Cambridge English: Preliminary exam. If you pass, you will get a qualification which shows that you have an intermediate level of English and that you can:

use English in everyday situations

understand written texts like signs, notices, emails and simple articles

understand spoken English such as public announcements, information on the radio, talks and interviews

pick out the important details in longer texts and understand speakers’ opinions

follow instructions and ask and answer questions

express opinions and offer advice

give opinions and offer advice


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