A2 Key (KET)

A2 Key (KET)

A2 Key (KET) shows that you have mastered the basics in English.

Exam Information

What is A2 Key (KET)?

A2 Key (KET) is an official Cambridge English qualification at pre-intermediate level. It is targeted at Level A2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework for languages.

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 (KET)?

In Switzerland the official A2 Key (KET) is mainly used by secondary school students which usually take it at the end of the 3rd year at secondary school. In some cases, strong primary school students with the necessary background take A2 Key (KET) at the end of primary school. However, teenagers and younger children usually opt for the “for Schools” version of the test.

There are also adults who decide to prepare for and take the A2 Key (KET) Exam, mainly if they have not acquired any English language skills during their school time or career.

Why to take A2 Key (KET)?

As A2 Key (KET) is mainly taken by teenagers and young adults, it shows their ability and determination of striving and working towards a goal. Therefore, holding an official A2 Key (KET) 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 you can understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines.
Listening (30 minutes, including 8 minutes' transer time) 5 parts/ 25 questions 25% Requires you 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% Shows you can 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 and two examiners. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable.

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