Sample Paper for PET

Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) is made up of three papers developed to test your English skills. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below.

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Paper Content Marks
(% of total)
Reading and Writing
(1 hour 30 minutes)
5 parts/
35 questions

3 parts/
7 questions

50% Shows you can read and understand the main points from signs, newspapers and magazines, and can use vocabulary and structure correctly.
(36 minutes, including 6 minutes’ transfer time)
4 parts/
25 questions
25% You have to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials including announcements and discussions about everyday life.
(10–12 minutes per pair of candidates)
4 parts 25% Shows how good your spoken English is as you take part in conversation by asking/answering questions and talking, for example, about your likes and dislikes. 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.