A2 Key for Schools (KET S)

A2 Key for Schools (KET S)

A2 Key for Schools (KET S) is specifically designed to motivate school-aged learners. It shows that a student has mastered the basics in English.

Exam Information

What is A2 Key for Schools (KET S)?

A2 Key for Schools (KET S) is a pre-intermediate level exam, set at Level A2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). A2 Key (KET) and A2 Key for Schools (KET S) follow exactly the same format and the level of the question papers is identical.

The content and treatment of topics in A2 Key for Schools (KET S) have been particularly targeted at the interests and experience of school pupils.

At Level A2, typical users can be expected to:

  • understand and use everyday expressions and basic phrases
  • introduce themselves and answer basic questions about their personal details
  • interact with English speakers who talk slowly and clearly
  • write short , simple notes

Who takes Cambridge A2 Key for Schools?

In Switzerland A2 Key for Schools (KET S) is mainly used by secondary school students which usually take it at the end of their 3rd year in secondary school. In some cases, strong primary school students with the necessary background take A2 Key for Schools (KET S) in primary school.

Why to take A2 Key for Schools (KET S)?

As A2 Key for Schools (KET S) is mainly taken by teenagers and young adults and shows their ability and determination of striving and working towards a goal. Therefore, holding a A2 Key for Schools (KET S) certificate will enhance any CV or application for an apprenticeship or job.

Format of the exam

You can take your Cambridge exam in two ways: on a computer or on paper.

Paper Content Marks (%of total) Purpose
Reading and Writing (1 hour and 10 minutes) 9 parts/ 56 questions 50% Shows a student 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.
Listening (30 minutes, including 8 minutes' transfer time) 5 parts/ 25 questions 25% Requires a student to be able to understand announcements and other spoken material when people speak reasonably slowly.
Speaking (8-10 minutes per pair of candidates) 2 parts 25% Tests a student’s ability to take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. Their Speaking test will be conducted face to face with one or two other students. This makes their test more realistic and more reliable.

Preparation material

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