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Exam overview

Cambridge English: Key for Schools follows exactly the same format as Cambridge English: Key, also known asKey English Test (KET), and the level of the question papers is identical. The only difference is that the content and treatment of topics in Cambridge English: Key for Schools have been particularly targeted at the interests and experience of school pupils.



Marks % of total


Reading & Writing

(1 hour 10 minutes)

9 parts/56 questions


Shows a pupil can understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. They will also have to fill gaps in simple sentences and write a short message or note.


(30 minutes, including 8 minutes’ transfer time)

5 parts/ 25 questions


Requires a pupil to be able to understand announcements and other spoken material when people speak reasonably slowly.


(8-10 minutes per pair of candidates)

2 parts


Tests your ability to 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. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable.

What’s in the exam? Register for this exam Cambridge English Placement Test
Overview KEY for Schools KEY for Schools Reading & Writing KEY for Schools Listening KEY for Schools Speaking
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