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Key English Test (KET)

A2 Key for Schools is one of our Cambridge English Qualifications. It is an exam for school-age learners which will help prepare them for higher-level English language qualifications.

A Cambridge English: Key (KET) for Schools qualification shows that a student can use English to communicate in simple situations. It’s a logical next step after Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) and a good place for older children to start learning English too.
The exam gives students the confidence to go on to study for higher-level English exams, such as Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) for Schools.
Cambridge English: Key for Schools is targeted at the same CEFR level as Cambridge English: Key (KET), but with content aimed at school-age learners rather than adults.


Key for Schools qualification shows that a student can:
  • understand and use basic phrases and expressions
  • understand simple written English
  • introduce themselves and answer basic questions about themselves
  • interact with English speakers at a basic level.

Key facts

CEFR level:A2
Test format: Computer or paper-based
No. of papers:3
Exam length:About 2 hours

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