Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)

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Passing PET shows that you can use everyday written and spoken English at an intermediate level. It covers all four language skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Deadline for enrolment for May: April 2

Preparing for the exam is a popular way to develop and improve your language skills because it provides you with practical language practice in a variety of everyday work, study and leisure situations.

PET reflects the use of language in real life, such as understanding signs and announcements, and many employers will see it as proof of your ability to use English at an intermediate level.

Is PET for you?

Can you use English to:

  • deal with everyday events?
  • read simple textbooks or magazine articles?
  • write letters on familiar subjects?
  • take notes in a meeting?

If you are working towards acquiring those skills and your level of English currently permits you to do approximately those things, then PET is probably the right exam for you.

What level is PET?

PET is at Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) | more information.

At B1 level, typical users can be expected 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.

Your preparation for PET will give you these kinds of practical language skills.

When and where can you take PET?

The table below shows when and where you can take CAE at one or more of our centres:

Centre Feb May June Oct. Nov.
Barcelona Yes Yes Yes Yes* Yes
Mataró Yes
Palma Yes
Sabadell Yes Yes
Tarragona Yes Yes
Terrassa Yes Yes Yes
Zaragoza Yes Yes

*Indicates computer-based version of the exam.

For exact details (dates, etc), pick your exam centre from the table.

Dates 2017, written exams

(CB) = Computer-based | (S) = For schools

Exam session Written exam Enrolment deadline Price
March 2017 Saturday, 18 March 5 February 100€
May 2017 Saturday, 13 May 2 April 100€
June 2017 (S) Saturday, 10 June 7 May 100€
June 2017 Saturday, 17 June 7 May 100€
July 2017 (CB) Saturday, 29 July 9 July 100€
September 2017 (CB) Thursday, 7 September 27 August 100€
November 2017 Saturday, 11 de November 1 October 100€
December 2017 Friday, 1 December 22 October 100€

Oral exams
Dates of oral exams can be from up to two weeks before the written exams (see above) until the following day, including Saturdays.