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Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)

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.

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.

When and where can you take PET?

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 PET at least one of our centres roughly every other month of the year.

Price and payment

2020: €105. 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 PET?

What level is PET?

PET corresponds to Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) | More about the different levels

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.

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.

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 30 minutes

You need to be able to read texts from signs, journals, newspapers and magazines and understand the main points. You will need to show you can use vocabulary and structure by completing tasks such as writing a short message, and a story or letter of around 100 words. You will also need to complete an exercise involving changing the meaning of sentences.

Paper 2

30 minutes (approx)

You will need to show you can understand the meaning of a range of recorded spoken material, including announcements and discussions about everyday life. You need to be able to follow the attitudes and intentions of the speakers.

Paper 3

Up to 10 minutes

Candidates take the Speaking test in pairs. You have to show your spoken English by taking part in conversation, asking and answering questions, and talking freely about your likes and dislikes.