Cambridge KET - Key English Test

What is KET?

KET is Cambridge ESOL's exam which recognises the ability to deal with everyday written and spoken English at a basic level.

Who is KET for?

KET is at level A2 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages- an internationally recognised framework.
At A2 level, typical users can:

Why choose KET?

Cambridge ESOL is a department of the world-famous and historic University of Cambridge. Attaining one of its certificates is an achievement and a reward in itself. However, there are many other benefits to taking KET:

The exam

KET has three papers:

Reading and Writing: 1 hour 10 minutes

You will need to be able to understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. You will also have to fill the gaps in simple questions and write a short message or not of 25-35 words.

Listening: 30 minutes

You need to show you ability to understand announcements and other spoken material when spoken reasonably slowly.

Speaking: 10 minutes

You will need to demonstrate that you can take part in a conversation by asking and answering simple questions. You take the Speaking test with other candidates or in a group of three.

When you contact ILSF you will be given sound advice. Our expert team can also give you information about dates and locations of future tests.
Most participants take preparation courses, before they apply for the test, but this is not mandatory.