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Key English Test

  • Th5 14, 2016

KET is an exam at the beginner level (A2) according to the common European framework. At this level, candidates are able to understand groups of common words directly, in simple situations in everyday life.

Have you achieved basic English skills? Can you understand simple readings? Can you communicate in English in everyday situations? Can you understand simple signs or short notices?

If not, KET is the exam for you.

Why should you take the KET test?

KET uses language in everyday real life, the exam comprehensively tests 4 skills in English: Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing in English.The exam assesses practical skills, develops the ability to use English in travel, study or work.

Although at a basic level, the KET exam helps you see your strengths and weaknesses. Then, you can plan your studies or take the next level Cambridge exams (PET).

If you pass, you will receive a certificate from the Cambridge University Examinations Board. In addition, when taking this exam, you will also receive a result message showing your ability on 3 tests.

What does the exam include?

KET includes 3 sub tests

PAPER 1 Reading and Writing 1 hour 10 minutes

The Reading & Writing test measures your ability to read and understand signs, advertisements, and magazines. In order to understand these key messages, you need to know common sentence structures and words.

You will be assessed through basic tests such as completing blanks or converting sentence forms, and daily writing exercises (specifically writing a letter of about 20-25 words). Through these exercises, you can use sentence structures, vocabulary, check your spelling, and punctuation.

PAPER 2 Listening Approximately 30 minutes The listening test assesses the ability to listen to announcements and conversations at a moderate level and understand information on tapes.
PAPER 3 Speaking 8-10 minutes The speaking test measures your ability to communicate in English with the examiner and other test takers. You need to ask & answer questions about yourself, talk about your hobbies. The speaking test is usually held in pairs.

All exams will be graded and assessed in Cambridge, UK, except for the speaking test which will be assessed and scored in person by a local examiner. All candidates who participate if successful will receive a certificate of 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 of the above will receive a Cambridge ESOL KET 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 after grading. 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 KET certificate is valid forever.

Who recognizes KET?

KET is an exam at the beginner level (A2) according to the common European framework. Like other Cambridge exams, the KET exam tests four skills: Listening, Speaking and Reading & Writing. Every year, over hundreds of thousands of people from over 80 countries take part in this exam.

Many employers recognize that a Cambridge ESOL certificate demonstrates the ability to use English to communicate effectively and that those English skills are valuable in related jobs.

These are typical examples of global companies and organizations that are currently using KET for recruiting employees, and for employees training programs.

PHS School
PHS School

Primary, middle and high school Pacific is a Vietnamese-English bilingual school that is organized according to international standards to develop key competencies, help students integrate with the background. global advanced education and maximum development of personal capacity.