The Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) is an intermediate level exam, set at Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
At Level B1 typical users can be expected to:
understand the main points of straightforward instructions or public announcements
deal with most of the situations they 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/emails or make notes on familiar matters
Who takes Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)?
In Switzerland Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) is mainly used by secondary school students who usually take it at the end of their third year at secondary 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 Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) Test, mainly if they were once able to acquire beginner level English language skills during their school time or career and would like to continue learning English again.
How is Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) recognised?
As Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) is mainly taken by teenagers and young adults, it shows their ability and determination to strive and work towards a goal. Therefore, holding a Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) certificate will enhance any CV or application for an apprenticeship or job. As more and more students take this test at the end of secondary school, more companies are beginning to recognise this achievement in the apprenticeship application process.
As Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) is also used in the corporate world, particularly for technical, service- oriented and vocational professions, many adults decide to take the exam to prove their language ability.
Shows how good your spoken English is as you take part in conversation by asking/answering questions and talking, for example, about your likes and dislikes. 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: Preliminary (PET) exam can be taken as a standard test (paper-based / PB) exam or a computer-based exam. The exam content is exactly the same, it is only the delivery mode (paper-based / computer-based) which is different. Exam dates and locations are different for PB and CB 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.