A2 Key (KET) for Schools is a Cambridge Assessment English Qualification targeted at the pre-intermediate level of the CEFR (A2 level). It is made up of three parts and designed to prove that students can successfully use the English language to communicate in simple situations. A2 Key (KET) for Schools is officially recognized by universities, employers, and governments around the world.
A2 Key (KET) for Schools, also known as KET for Schools, is a pre-intermediate qualification. It demonstrates that a person has achieved a good foundation in English and can use the language to communicate in simple situations.
It is targeted at Level A2 on the CEFR scale. Candidates can choose to take A2 Key (KET) for Schools as either a paper-based or a computer-based exam.
A2 Key (KET) for Schools is aimed at learners who want to:
- understand and use basic phrases and expressions
- introduce and answer basic questions about themselves
- interact with English speakers who talk slowly and clearly
- write short, simple notes.
A2 Key (KET) for Schools follows exactly the same format and level as A2 Key (KET), also known as Key English Test (KET). The only difference is that the content and treatment of topics in the particular test have been particularly targeted to the interests and experience of school pupils.
A2 Key (KET) for Schools is recognized by the private sector. It is also officially recognized in Greece by the state (ASEP/Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection) as a B1 level certification of English language competence (Cambridge English Scale overall score: 120-139).
A2 Key (KET) for Schools is recognized by a wide range of companies and educational institutions around the world.
PAPER 1: READING AND WRITING
Duration: 1 hour
Number of parts: 7 parts
Number of questions: 32 questions in total
Marks: 50% of total
Part 1 - Reading (6 questions -1 mark for each correct answer)
Six short emails, notices, signs, or text messages and three sentences next to each one (A, B, C). Candidates have to choose which sentence matches the meaning of the email, notice, sign or text message.
Part 2 - Reading (7 questions -1 mark for each correct answer)
Seven questions and three short texts on the same topic. Candidates have to match each question to one of the texts.
Part 3 - Reading (5 questions - 1 mark for each correct answer)
A longer text, for example, a simplified newspaper or magazine article and five multiple-choice questions with three options (A, B, C). Candidates have to choose the correct answer.
Part 4 - Reading (6 questions - 1 mark for each correct answer)
A short text with six numbered spaces and three words provided for each gap. Candidates have to decide which of the three words belongs in each gap.
Part 5 - Reading (6 questions - 1 mark for each correct answer)
Candidates have to fill in six gaps in a text or texts using single words
Part 6 - Writing (1 question - a maximum of 15 marks available)
Candidates have to write a message of 25 words or more (e.g. a note or email) in response to information given.
Part 7 - Writing (1 question - a maximum of 15 marks available)
Candidates have to write a short story of 35 words or more based on three picture prompts.
PAPER 2: LISTENING
Duration: 30 minutes, including 6 minutes’ transfer time
Number of parts: 5 parts
Number of questions: 25 questions
Marks: 25% of total
Part 1 (5 questions - 1 mark for each correct answer.)
There are five short recordings, each with a question and three images. Candidates listen to the text and choose the correct visual image.
Part 2 (5 questions - 1 mark for each correct answer.)
Candidates should listen to a longer text, identify specific information and only write down ONE word in the gaps (a number, date, or a time) in note form.
Part 3 (5 questions - 1 mark for each correct answer)
An informal conversation and five 3-option questions. Candidates have to listen to the conversation and choose the right answer (A, B or C) for each question.
Part 4 (5 questions - 1 mark for each correct answer)
Five short monologues or dialogues, each with a scene setter, a question and three options. Candidates listen to the recording and choose the option which best answers each question.
Part 5 (5 questions - 1 mark for each correct answer)
A longer conversation between two people who know each other. Candidates have to match two lists of items by identifying simple information in the conversation.
PAPER 3: SPEAKING
Duration: 8-10 minutes per pair of candidates
Format: 2 examiners - 2-3 candidates
Number of parts: 2 parts
Marks: 25% of total
Conversation with the examiner. The examiner asks some general questions to each candidate in turn. Candidates respond to the examiner, giving factual or personal information.
The examiner gives candidates some picture prompts on a topic, e.g. ‘holidays’ and candidates talk to each other, comparing, describing, and expressing opinions.
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A2 Key results are reported on the Cambridge English Scale. Candidates will receive a separate score for each of the 4 skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) on their Statement of Results which give them a clear understanding of their performance. These four scores are averaged to give them an overall result for the exam. They will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.
For A2 Key, the following scores will be used to report results:
Cambridge English Scale Score
Scores between 100 and 119 are also reported for B1 Preliminary. Candidates will not receive a certificate, but their Cambridge English Scale score will be shown on their Statement of Results. Scores below 100 are not reported, so candidates will not receiver a certificate nor a score for this examination.
The following factsheet can be used as a guide to help teachers and candidates understand how Cambridge English scale works. This information is better applied when using official Cambridge English practice tests.
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