Cambridge English Prelimminary (Pet)

The English Language Exam That Shows You Have Mastered the Basics

Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) qualification shows that you have mastered the basics of English and now have practical language skills for everyday use.

This exam is the logical step in your language learning journey between Cambridge English: Key (KET) and Cambridge English: First (FCE).

Difficulty Level

B1 / low intermediate
The Preliminary English Test is one of the Cambridge English exams.

Who is It for?

Do this test if you want to know that you have an intermediate level of English. With this level of English you will enjoy holidays in English speaking countries. You should probably continue studying once you have passed the PET exam.


The test has these sections:

  1. Reading Writing are taken together – 90 minutes
  2. Listening – 30 minutes
  3. Speaking – an interview, 10 minutes

Paper-based or Computer-based Exams

You can do the PET exam on a computer or on paper. The computer-based exam is available once a month. The paper-based exam is only available six times a year.


‘pass’, ‘pass with merit’, ‘narrow fail’, or ‘fail’


B1 / Alte 2 / low intermediate.

When Can I Take the Test?

Speak to any of our English coordinators to find out when the next examination will be held. The paper-based test can be taken 6 times a year. The computer-based test is available once a month.