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Key English Test (KET)

KET is Cambridge ESOL's exam which recognises the ability to deal with everyday written and spoken English at a basic level. KET is at Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

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KET is at Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).


At A2 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • understand and use everyday expressions and basic phrases
  • introduce themselves and answer basic questions about your personal details
  • interact with English speakers who talk slowly and clearly

KET has three papers:

  • Reading and Writing: 1 hour 10 minutes - you will need to be able to understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. You will also have to fill gaps in simple sentences and write a short piece of around 25 words.
  • Listening: 30 minutes - you need to show your ability to understand announcements and other spoken material when spoken reasonably slowly.
  • Speaking: up to 10 minutes - you will need to demonstrate you can take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. Speaking tests are normally held with two candidates.

More information: http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/general-english/ket.html

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