KET Sample Paper

Cambridge English: Key is made up of three papers developed to test your English skills. You can see exactly what is in each paper below.

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Paper Content Marks
(% of total)
Purpose
Reading and Writing
(1 hour 10 minutes)
9 parts/
56 questions
50% Shows you can understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines.
Listening
(30 minutes, including 8 minutes’ transfer time)
5 parts/
25 questions
25% Requires you to be able to understand announcements and other spoken material when people speak reasonably slowly.
Speaking
(8–10 minutes per pair of candidates)
2 parts 25% Shows you can take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. Your Speaking test will be conducted face to face with one or two other candidates and two examiners. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable.