Cambridge | A2 Key for Schools (KET S)

Cambridge | 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. A2 Key for Schools was formerly known as Cambridge English: Key for Schools (KET for Schools).

Exam Information

What is A2 Key for Schools (KET S)?

A2 Key for Schools (KET S) is a pre-intermediate level English language exam designed to assess proficiency at Level A2 of the Europe's Common European Framework for languages (CEFR). Notably, A2 Key (KET) and A2 Key for Schools (KET S) share the same format, with identical question paper levels.

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Made for school pupils:

A2 Key for Schools (KET S) distinguishes itself by catering to the specific interests and experiences of school pupils. The content and themes are thoughtfully crafted to engage and resonate with young learners.

Unlocking A2 level proficiency:

At Level A2, typical users can confidently:

  • Understand and employ everyday expressions and fundamental phrases
  • Introduce themselves and respond to basic inquiries about their personal information
  • Interact effectively with English speakers who communicate slowly and clearly
  • Craft concise and straightforward notes

Who benefits from A2 Key for Schools (KET S)?

A2 Key for Schools (KET S) primarily serves the following groups in Switzerland:

  • Secondary school students: Typically, secondary school students take A2 Key for Schools (KET S) as a culmination of their third year in secondary school. It serves as a significant milestone in their language development journey.

  • Ambitious primary school students: Strong primary school students with a solid English background may also opt to challenge themselves by taking A2 Key for Schools (KET S) during their primary school years.

Why Pursue A2 Key for Schools (KET S)?

For teenagers and young adults, A2 Key for Schools (KET S) symbolises determination, commitment, and a drive to achieve goals. Possessing an A2 Key for Schools (KET S) certificate enhances CVs and job applications, underlining the candidate's dedication to language proficiency.

Prepare your child or yourself for success in English language development with A2 Key for Schools (KET S). Register today and set them on the path to unlocking opportunities in apprenticeships and careers.

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.

Computer-based exams for convenience

Cambridge A2 Key for Schools (KET S) exams are available in a convenient computer-based format. There are numerous advantages to taking your exam on a computer including flexible dates, convenient and modern locations, efficient systems as well as speedy results. Read more about digital assessment and its benefits.

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