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A2 Key (KET)An A2 Key qualification is proof of your ability to use English to communicate in simple situations. It should give you the confidence to go on and prepare for higher-level exams such as  B1 Preliminary and B2 First.

An exam can be taken in both paper-based and computer based formats. It is an English language exam at Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). There isn’t a specific age for taking A2 Key but the content of the exam suits older teens and those who have left school.

A2 Key (KET)  shows that you can:


A2 Key (KET) is made up of three papers developed to test your English skills. You can see exactly what is in each paper below.

Reading and Writing
(1 hour)
7 parts
32 questions
Shows you can understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines.
(30 minutes, including 6 minutes’ transfer time)
5 parts
25 questions
Requires you to be able to understand announcements and other spoken material when people speak reasonably slowly.
(8–10 minutes per pair of candidates)
2 partsShows you can take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. 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.

Your overall performance is calculated by averaging the scores you achieve in Reading and Writing, Listening, Speaking.

Scoring and results:

All candidates receive a Statement of Results, and if you are successful in the exam you will also receive a certificate.

The following scores will be used to report results:

Test ScoreGradeCEFR level
140–150Grade AB1
133–139Grade BA2
120–132Grade CA2
100–119Level A1A1


The relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in A2 Key is illustrated below:

a2 key ket exam preparation scoring and results

The maximum achievable score is 150.

A candidate scoring 140 to 150 will receive a grade A and certificate at Level B1.

Candidates with scores from 133 to 139 will receive a grade B. Those scoring between 120 and 132 will receive a grade C.

These candidates will receive certificate at Level A2.

Candidates who score between 100 and 119 will receive a Cambridge English certificate stating they demonstrated ability at Level A1.

Candidates scoring under 100 will not receive a certificate, but score will be shown on the Statement of Results.


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