Cambridge English A2 Key KET

A2 Key (KET)

A2 Key, also known as the Key English Test (KET), is the lowest level General English exam in the Cambridge Qualifications range. It shows that you can communicate in basic English in everyday situations.

Course Details:

Cambridge English: A2 Key (KET) qualification is proof of your ability to use English to communicate in simple situations.

The exam tests all four English language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking.

It should give you the confidence to go on and study for higher-level exams such as Cambridge English: B1 Preliminary (PET) and Cambridge English: B2 First (FCE).


 150 hours

You should take the Cambridge English: A2 Key exam if you have done about 250 hours of study or practice and can speak, write and understand basic English. This exam is the first step in building your English language skills for work or study in the future.

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • ask and answer questions about yourself and others
  • understand announcements and instructions when people speak slowly and clearly
  • tell people what you think about something you read or hear.

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 do the speaking with two examiners and one other exam candidate.

Reading and Writing
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • 50%
  • 30 minutes
  • 25%
  • 8–10 minutes per pair of candidates
  • 25%

What you will learn:

  • reach the level needed for the Cambridge English exam: A2 Key (KET).
  • improve your ability and confidence when using spoken and written English in a wide variety of situations.
  • prepare thoroughly for the Cambridge English exam: A2 Key (KET).
  • develop essential exam techniques.

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