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General English Intermediate Level (PET)

  • Th5 14, 2016

PET is an intermediate level exam (B1) according to the common European framework. If you are able to understand the key points of normal conversation and familiar topics of daily life, you can read simple articles, write personal letters and take notes in meetings, then PET is the exam for you.

PET is a valuable certificate if you want to work or study abroad or develop a career in international trade. It is also a useful preparation for more advanced exams such as FCE (Certificate of General English for Upper Intermediate Level), CAE (Certificate of English for Advanced Level) and CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English).

Why should you take the PET exam?

  • Learning PET is a popular way to improve English skills and apply English in different contexts. PET tests all four skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, with questions focused on everyday communication situations. PET is proof that you have already possessed the language skills needed in the workplace such as secretarial, management and in many industries such as tourism where English is the primary language of communication.
  • If successful, you will receive a Certificate from the Cambridge University Examinations Board. The certificate is recognized by many employers in many different countries and universities as the minimum standard of English.
  • In addition, when taking this exam, you will receive a result message that shows your ability on 3 sub exams.

What does the exam include?

PET consists of 3 sub tests:

Reading and Writing Test 1 hour 30 minutes

The Reading & Writing test assesses the ability to read and understand signs, advertisements, and magazines. In addition, you need to understand the main messages and impact of the reading on the reader as well as be able to deal with words and sentence structures that you do not know.

The component of the writing test includes sentence transitions, paragraphs or short essays. In Part 3 you can choose to write a letter or a story of about 100 words to demonstrate your ability to use sentence structure, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation.

Listening Test Approximately 35 minutes The listening test assesses your ability to listen to recorded information such as announcements and conversations. You must understand the information on the tape as well as grasp the attitude or intentions of the speaker.
Speaking Test   The speaking test measures your ability to communicate in English with the examiner and other candidates. You need to be able to ask and answer questions about yourself, freely expressing your likes and dislikes.

All exams will be sent to Cambridge, UK, for grading, except for the speaking test, which will be assessed and scored in person by a local examiner. All these examiners must undergo Cambridge training and be accredited by Cambridge ESOL.


Reading and Writing skills account for 50%, Listening and Speaking skills each account for 25% of the score. There are 2 pass levels (‘Pass’ and ‘Excellent Pass’), candidates who achieve either level will receive a Cambridge ESOL PET certificate. Candidates whose results are ‘Near enough to pass’ or ‘Fail’ will not receive a certificate.

The test will be sent to Cambridge ESOL for grading and the results will be sent back to the test center. If you have any questions about your test results, you should contact the center where you registered for the test.

Once issued, the Cambridge ESOL PET certificate is valid forever.

Who recognizes PET

PET is an intermediate level exam (B1) according to the common European framework. Every year more than hundreds of thousands of people from over 80 countries take the exam. Like other Cambridge exams, PET covers four key skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. The exam assesses knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and ability to communicate in English in everyday life.

Many employers recognize the Cambridge ESOL PET certifications as proof of effective use of English and valuable acquired skills for a variety of jobs.

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