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Key English Test for Schools Information for Candidates Information Why take the Key English Test (KET) for candidates for Schools? – KET for Success in the Key English Test (KET) for Schools shows that you have a basic understanding of everyday English. Schools The content and topics in the test are targeted at the interests and experiences of school children. You are tested in reading, writing, listening and speaking. n International recognition KET for Schools is at Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Level A2 shows that the learner can, for example: • understand simple questions and instructions • express simple opinions or needs • complete forms and write short, simple letters related to personal information. KET is recognised as a qualification in basic English by organisations and educational institutions across the world. You can find a full list at: www.CambridgeESOL.org/recognition n Certificates Learners who pass KET for Schools receive a certificate showing they have passed the Key English Test at Level A2. Learners who show ability at the level below A2 are awarded a certificate showing they have achieved Level A1 of the CEFR. For more information about KET for Schools, please visit: www.CambridgeESOL.org/KETforSchools Why take a Cambridge ESOL test? Cambridge ESOL is a part of Cambridge Assessment, which has over 150 years’ experience in educational assessment. We are committed to providing internationally recognised qualifications that help you to achieve your life goals. For more information about Cambridge ESOL, please visit: www.CambridgeESOL.org ket for schools information for candidates 2 What does KET for Schools involve? This booklet is a brief introduction to KET for Schools. We show examples from each part of the test, but in some cases we do not show the full text or all the questions. If you would like to see a full sample paper for KET for Schools, you can download one from our website at: www.candidates.CambridgeESOL.org/cs/ The table below shows the different parts of KET for Schools and how long each paper takes. In KET for Schools, Reading and Writing are combined on one question paper. Name of paper Content Time allowed Marks (% of total) Paper 1 9 parts / 56 questions 1 hour 10 minutes 50% Reading and Writing Reading: Parts 1–5 Writing: Parts 6–9 Paper 2 5 parts / 25 questions 30 minutes 25% Listening (including 8 minutes’ transfer time) Paper 3 2 parts 8–10 minutes per pair 25% Speaking of candidates (2:2 format*) * 2 examiners, 2 candidates (2:3 format is used for the last group in a session where necessary) n Paper 1 Reading and Writing Time: 1 hour 10 minutes Paper 1 Reading and Writing consists of nine parts and 56 questions. It is worth 50% of the total marks for the exam. Reading Part 1 (Questions 1–5) In this part you have to understand the main message of a sign, notice or other very short text. These texts are usually the kind of text you can find on roads, in railway stations, shops, cafés, schools, etc. There are also five sentences and you have to match each sentence to one of the texts. In the example on the next page you have eight signs (labelled A–H) and five sentences which explain what the signs mean. You have to match each sentence to the right sign. ket for schools information for candidates 3 Part 2 (Questions 6–10) This part is a test of vocabulary. You have five sentences and there is a missing word in each one. There are three possible answers and you have to choose the best word to fill each gap. The examples below are sentences about an internet café. Read the sentences and decide which answer (A, B or C) is the correct one. In the test, there are two more questions like the ones below. ket for schools information for candidates 4 Part 3 (Questions 11–15 and 16–20) In this part we test how well you understand and can use the language you need for everyday life. The first five questions are short conversations. The

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