Cambridge English Qualifications: B1 Preliminary (PET)
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B1 Preliminary is also known as the Preliminary English Test (PET).

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.

B1 Preliminary for Schools (PETfS) is at the same level as B1 Preliminary (PET) 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: Intermediate = B1 on the Common European Framework.

Who should take this exam?

Studying for the B1 Preliminary/B1 Preliminary for Schools 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:

• write a personal letter or take notes from a meeting or discussion.

• express your likes and dislikes, and discuss them with others

• understand spoken and written announcements and instructions.

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 attend the Speaking with two examiners and one other exam candidate.

B1 Preliminary/B1 Preliminary for Schools Reading and Writing Listening  Speaking
Time allowed 1 h 30 minutes 30 minutes 10 –12 minutes per pair of candidates 
Marks (% of total) 50 % 25 % 25 %

External links

B1 Preliminary Sample Papers and tips for test takers from Cambridge Assessment English  

B1 Preliminary for Schools Sample Papers and tips for test takers from Cambridge Assessment English  

ATTENTION! New exam version from 2020