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

Revision lesson on food.

Revision lessons on towns and entertainment.

Jobs /C.V’s and interviews

Revision lesson on extreme sports

Revision lesson on holidays

Reading exercise practice for the PET