Cambridge English: Key (KET) is a qualification at pre-intermediate level. It is targeted at Level A2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework for languages.
At Level A2, typical users can be expected to:
understand and use everyday expressions and basic phrases
introduce themselves and answer basic questions about their personal details
interact with English speakers who talk slowly and clearly
write short, simple notes
Who takes Cambridge English: Key (KET) in Switzerland?
In Switzerland Cambridge English: Key (KET) is mainly used by secondary school students which usually take it at the end of the 3rd year at secondary school. In some cases, strong primary school students with the necessary background take Cambridge English: Key (KET) at the end of primary school. However, teenagers and younger children usually opt for the “for Schools” version of the test. There are also adults who decide to prepare for and take the KET Exam, mainly if they have not acquired any English language skills during their school time or career.
How is Cambridge English: Key (KET) recognised?
As Cambridge English: Key (KET) is mainly taken by teenagers and young adults, it shows their ability and determination of striving and working towards a goal. Therefore, holding a Cambridge English: Key (KET) certificate will enhance any CV or application for an apprenticeship or job.
Shows you can take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. 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.
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Flexible Test Options
The Cambridge English: Key (KET) exam can be taken as a paper-based (PB) or computer-based (CB) exam. The exam content is exactly the same, it is only the delivery mode (paper-based / computer-based) which is different. The exam dates and locations vary between CB and PB exams.
“Road to SEK II – Teen Future” was developed to give students in secondary schools across Switzerland the opportunity to obtain a Cambridge Certificate, even if the school does not prepare students for Cambridge Exams.
In 2009 Swiss Exams opened the first permanent Cambridge Exams CB lab in Winterthur, to be followed by Chur in 2010, Zurich and Basel in 2012. In 2013 and 2014 the first two mobile CB labs were put into operation for Lucerne and Bern.