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B1 Preliminary (PET)  it is the English language exam that shows you have mastered the basics. There isn’t a specific age for taking B1 Preliminary but the topics and content of the exam are more suited to older teens and people who have left school.

It can be taken in both paper-based and computer based formats. It is at Level B! of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

B1 Preliminary (PET)  shows that you can:


B1 Preliminary (PET) is made up of four papers developed to test your English skills. You can see exactly what is in each paper below.

(45 minutes)
6 parts
32 questions
Shows you can read and understand the main points from signs, newspapers and magazines.
(45 minutes)
2 parts
2 questions
Shows you can use vocabulary and structure correctly.
(30 minutes, including 6 minutes’ transfer time)
4 parts
25 questions
You have to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials including announcements and discussions about everyday life.
(12–17 minutes per pair of candidates)
4 partsShows how good your spoken English is as you take part in conversation by asking/answering questions and talking, for example, about your likes and dislikes. 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, 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
160–170Grade AB2
153–159Grade BB1
140–152Grade CB1
120–139Level A2A2


The relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in B1 Preliminary is illustrated below:

B1 Preliminary PET exam preparation score and result

The maximum achievable score is 170.

A candidate scoring 160 to 170 will receive a grade A and certificate at Level B2.

Candidates with scores from 153 to 159 will receive a grade B. Those scoring between 140 and 152 will receive a grade C.

These candidates will receive certificate at Level B1.

Candidates who score between 120 and 139 will receive a Cambridge English certificate stating they demonstrated ability at Level A2.

Candidates scoring under 120 will not receive a certificate, but score will be shown on the Statement of Results.



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