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International Exams: PET (Preliminary English Test

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International Exams: PET (Preliminary English Test)
Preliminary English Test
It's an international exam that supports certain domain in English Language.
It is the easiest title that provides the University of Cambridge ESOL examinations in England.
This exams has 3 main points: focus, ideas and explanations.
Exam Overview
PET exam contains two PET assessments: PET preliminary and PET for schools.
The test includes exactly the same tasks and questions than the Preliminary PET.
For both tests candidates
need to use English in everyday situations
The difference is that PET for schools uses topics that are of interest to candidates who are at school.
It can be taken paper-based or computer-based.
CEFR Level
PET is at level B1 of the CFER. (Intermediate English Level)
About the Exam ...
Paper 1: Reading & Writing
Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Weight: 50% of the total marks of the exam (25% reading/ 25% writing)
5 reading parts with 35 questions.
3 Parts with 7 questions.
Sentence transformation (completing a sentence so that it has the same meaning as another sentence)
Writing a short message to communicate some information.
Doing a longer piece of writing – either a story or an informal letter
Time: 30 minutes
Weight: 25% of the total marks of the exam.
4 parts & 25 questions.
Shows you can understand a range of spoken materials, including everyday conversations.
Types of questions:answering multiple-choice questions on short listening texts and on a longer monologue (one person speaking) or interview, completing a gap-fill while listening to a monologue, answering true/false questions on a dialogue (two people speaking).
Can do Statements:
CAN express opinions on abstract/cultural matters in a limited way or offer advice within a known area, and understand instructions or public announcements.
CAN understand routine information and articles, and the general meaning of non-routine information within a familiar area.
CAN write letters or make notes on familiar or predictable matters.
Tasks involve: multiple choice questions on five short texts, matching descriptions of people , true or false questions, reading a longer text with multiple choice questions that tests understanding of different things such as writer opinion, doing a multiple cloze task (a text with gaps and you need to choose the right option
to fill in each gap).
Reading & Writing Examples:
Part 1: Questions 1 to 5
Part 3: Questions 11-20
Part 5: Questions 21-25
Part 5: Questions 26-35
Part 2: Questions 6 to 10
Part 1: Questions 1-5
Part 2: Question 6
Part 3: Question 7 or 8
Listening Examples:
Part 1: Questions 1-7
Part 2: Questions 8-13
Part 3: Questions 14-19
Part 4: Questions 20-25
Time: 10-12 minutes per pair of candidates.
Weight: 25%
Contains 4 parts.
Shows how good your spoken English is in conversation. You take the test face to face with one or two other candidates.
Part 1: General Conversation.
tines, likes and dislikes, etc. The examiner will ask you at some point to spell part of or all your name.

Part 2: Simulated Situation with the other candidate.
You may have to make and respond to suggestions, discuss alternatives, make recommendations, and negotiate agreement with your partner. The examiner will give you a prompt sheet and give you some instructions.

Part 3: Describe what you can see in the photograph.

Part 4: Talking with your partner.
The examiner will give you a subject related to one of the both photos previously discussed. The examiner will give you an instruction to talk about in relation to the picture.
PET scores:
Scores are shown in numbres from 0 to 100.
Cambridge English: Preliminary –
Level B2:

Pass with Distinction
Exceptional candidates sometimes show ability beyond B1 Level.

Cambridge English: Preliminary –
Level B1
Pass with Merit or Pass

Level A2
If your performance is below Level B1, but falls within Level A2, you will
receive a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated
ability at A2 level.
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