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Cambridge English: Key (KET)

The first of the Cambridge English general English exams, Cambridge English: Key, also known as Key English Test (KET), recognises that you have the ability to deal with everyday written and spoken English at a basic level.

When and where can you take KET?

Exam venues

We have exam centres in Barcelona, Mataró, Palma de Mallorca, Sabadell, Tarragona, Terrassa and Zaragoza -- and we also offer exams in other towns such as Castelldefels and Vilanova (etcetera).

At some of our centres, you can choose either the traditional paper-based exam or the computer-based (CB) test and there are also special "for schools" editions.

Dates and enrolment

You can take KET at least one of our centres roughly every other month of the year.

Price and payment

2020: From €98. You can pay either online (see Enrolment link, above) or in person at any of our centres. Contact us if you need assistance!


Note that oral exams can be from up to two weeks before the written exams until the following day, including Saturdays.

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Are you ready to take KET?

What level is KET?

KET corresponds to Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) | More about the different levels

At A2 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • understand and use everyday expressions and basic phrases
  • introduce themselves and answer basic questions about your personal details
  • interact with English speakers who talk slowly and clearly

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

Is KET for you?

Can you...

  • Do you have basic English skills?
  • Can you understand simple written English?
  • Can you communicate in familiar situations?
  • Can you understand short notices and simple spoken directions?

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

Are you ready?

The best way to find out if you're ready to take the exam is to come and do a full level test, including an oral test.

You can do this (free of charge, no commitment!) at any of our centers.

What you'll find on the exam

Paper 1

Reading and Writing
1 hour 10 minutes

You will need to be able to understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. You will also have to fill gaps in simple sentences and write a short piece of around 25 words.

Paper 2

30 minutes

You need to show your ability to understand announcements and other spoken material when spoken reasonably slowly.

Paper 3

Up to 10 minutes

You will need to demonstrate you can take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. Speaking tests are normally held with two candidates.