Preliminary English Test

Cambridge English: Preliminary uses real-life situations that are especially designed to help you understand factual information and show awareness of opinions, attitudes and mood in both spoken and written English.

Real-life language skills

Cambridge English: Preliminary is set at Level B1 of the European CEFR English French
B1 is the level of English needed to:
  • deal with everyday events
  • read simple textbooks or magazine articles
  • write letters on familiar subjects
  • take notes in a meeting.
It shows that you can use English to communicate with native speakers for everyday purposes.

For example, at B1 level, you can expect to:

  • understand the main points of straightforward instructions or public announcements
  • deal with most of the situations you might meet when travelling as a tourist in an English-speaking country
  • ask simple questions and take part in factual conversations in a work environment
  • write letters or make notes on familiar matters.

A pass mark in the whole test is approximately 70% of all the available marks over the three papers, Reading & Writing, Listening and Speaking. A 'Pass with Merit' is approximately 85% of the total marks. There are no pass/fail levels in individual papers.

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Listening practice
University of Cambridge PET website
Objective PET (pdf download 32MB)
Vocabulary List**
BBSI online English test

Websites to revise for the PET exam


Lots of resources here for PET preparation

Englishpage .com
http://www.englishpage.com/index.html

Revision lesson on food.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/youmeus/videonation/video_lunch.shtml

Revision lessons on towns and entertainment.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/multimedia/london/

Jobs /C.V’s and interviews
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/business/wab/federico.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/business/getthatjob/

Revision lesson on extreme sports
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/youmeus/videonation/video_ski.shtml

Revision lesson on holidays
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/youmeus/videonation/video_holiday.shtml

Reading exercise practice for the PET
http://esl-bits.net/main2.htm

READING AND LISTENING TO SHORT STORIES
http://www.rong-chang.com/qa2/

Other
http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=269548
http://www.examenglish.com/vocabulary/B1_vocabulary_topics.htm