B1 Preliminary (PET) for Schools Format and Content

As of January 1st, 2020, changes have been applied to the B1 Preliminary (PET) for Schools. In the following table, changes have been marked in bold.

Section Time Description # of items
Reading 45 minutes Part 1
Five short texts with three options A, B and C next to each text. Candidates should read each text and decide what situation, the text would appear in.
5 questions
Part 2
Five short descriptions of people and eight short texts to read. Candidates have to match each person to a text.
5 questions
Part 3
A longer text followed by five multiple-choice questions with four options, A, B, C and D. Candidates have to read the text and answer the five questions.
5 questions
Part 4
Five sentences have been removed from a longer text. Candidates have to find the missing five sentences from the eight sentences, A-H, provided.
5 questions
Part 5
A text with six numbered spaces. Each space represents a missing word and candidates have to choose the right answer from a choice of four (A, B, C or D).
6 questions
Part 6
A short text with six numbered spaces. Candidates have to think of the correct word to fill the gap.
6 questions
Writing 45 minutes Part 1
Candidates have to write an email of 100-120 words in response to information given (a standard rubric, an email and a set of four prompts presented as notes).
1 question
Part 2
Candidates have a choice of two questions: an article or a story to write around 100 words. For the article, candidates read a magazine or an article announcement that gives the topic that they must write about. For the story, candidates are given the first sentence of the story.
1 question
Listening About 30 minutes Part 1
Seven short recordings. For each recording there is a question and three pictures (A, B or C). Candidates have to listen to the recordings and choose the right visual image which best answers the question.
7 questions
Part 2
Six short dialogues each with a context sentence. A question or a sentence to complete follows with three options. Candidates listen to the text, then choose the option which best answers the question or completes the sentence.
6 questions
Part 3
A longer monologue and a page of notes or sentences, summarizing the content of the text. Six pieces of information have been removed. Candidates have to listen to the recording and fill in the missing information.
6 questions
Part 4
A longer text in the form of an interview. Candidates have to answer six multiple-choice questions, choosing the correct answer form a choice of three options.
6 questions
Speaking 12-17 minutes per pair of candidates Part 1
General conversation with the examiner. The examiner asks each candidate questions about their personal details, daily routines, likes, dislikes, etc.
4 parts
Part 2
The examiner gives each candidate one coloured photograph to describe for about 1 minute each.
Part 3
The examiner sets up the situation by giving candidates images to look at. Prompts are designed to generate discussion about an imaginary situation. The candidates discuss their ideas together, making and responding
to suggestions, discussing alternatives, making recommendations and
negotiating agreement.
Part 4
Candidates are encouraged to discuss further and broaden the topic introduced in Part 3. The interlocutor directs the interaction by asking candidates questions. Candidates in turn respond either individually or through interaction with each other.
Last Update At: 2020/10/06 - 16:25:05

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