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KET (Key English Test)

What is it?

KET stands for Key English Test and is a basic level qualification that shows you can use English to communicate in simple situations and have achieved a good foundation in learning English.

Who is it for?

KET is a great first step in learning English. It is ideal for beginners who wish to demonstrate their understanding and ability to communicate at a basic level in English.

What will I learn?

Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

What are the benefits?

Internationally available exam with paper-based and computer-based exam options so you can choose when and how to take the exam. Cambridge exams are designed to be fair to users of all nationalities and linguistic backgrounds and because they are backed by the largest research programme of its kind, they are the most reliable reflection of your language skills. Accepted by thousands of institutions worldwide. Lifelong qualification.

KET Exam

Reading and writing

The reading and writing part of the exam consists of 9 parts with 56 questions. It makes up 50% of the total marks for the exam and is designed to show that you can understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines.


The listening paper consists of 5 parts with 25 questions. It makes up 25% of the total marks for the exam and requires you to understand announcements and other spoken material when people speak reasonably slowly.


The speaking test consists of 2 parts and accounts for 25% of the total marks. It tests your ability to take part in a simple conversation by answering and asking simple questions. The test is conducted face-to-face with one or two other candidates making it more reliable and realistic.

Exam duration

Reading and writing - 1 hour 10 minutes.

Listening - 30 minutes including 8 minutes transfer time.

Speaking - 8-10 minutes per pair of candidates.

Exam results

All candidates receive a statement of results. Candidates whose performance ranges between CEFR levels B1 and A1 also receive a certificate. The statement of results outlines the candidate result based on your total score in all three papers. It also shows a graphical display of your performance in each paper and a standardized score out of 100 which shows exactly how you performed.

Exam dates (2013)

*Exam type - PB= Paper-based. CB = Computer-based

Date Exam type Date Exam type
26th January CB 22nd June CB
8th February CB 5th July CB
23rd February PB 25th July PB
16th March PB 10th August CB
27th March CB 13th September CB
25th April CB 12th October PB
18th May PB 25th October CB
23rd May CB 16th November PB
31st May PB 21st November CB
6th June PB 6th December PB
7th June CB 7th December CB