Cambridge English B1 Preliminary (PET)

B1 Preliminary (PET)

B1 Preliminary (PET) is an exam that shows 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.

Course Details:

Cambridge English: B1 Preliminary (PET) qualification shows that you have mastered the basics of English and now have practical language skills for everyday use.

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

This exam is the logical step in your language learning journey between Cambridge English: A2 Key (KET) and Cambridge English: B2 First (FCE).


 150 hours

Preparing for the Cambridge English: B1 Preliminary 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.

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.

Reading and Writing
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 50%
  • 30 minutes
  • 25%
  • 10–12 minutes per pair of candidates
  • 25%

What you will learn:

  • reach the level needed for the Cambridge English exam: B1 Preliminary (PET).
  • improve your ability and confidence when using spoken and written English in a wide variety of situations.
  • prepare thoroughly for the Cambridge English exam: B1 Preliminary (PET).
  • develop essential exam techniques.

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