B1 Preliminary for Schools (PET S) is an intermediate level exam, set at level B1 of the council of Europe's Common European Framework for languages. B1 Preliminary (PET) and Cambridge English Preliminary for Schools follow exactly the same format and the level of the question papers is identical.
The content and treatment of topics in B1 Preliminary for Schools (PET S) have been particularly targeted at the interests and experience of school-age learners.
At Level B1 level typical users can be expected to:
understand the main points of straightforward instructions or public announcements
deal with most of the situations you might meet when travelling as a tourist in an English-speaking country
ask simple questions and take part in factual conversations with friends, family and at school
write letters/emails or make notes on familiar matters
Who takes B1 Preliminary for Schools (PET S) in Switzerland?
In Switzerland B1 Preliminary for Schools (PET S) is mainly used by secondary school students who usually take it at the end of their 3rd year at secondary school.
How is the official B1 Preliminary for Schools (PET S) certificate recognised in Switzerland?
As B1 Preliminary for Schools (PET S) is mainly taken by teenagers and young adults, it shows their ability and determination of to strive for and work towards a goal. Therefore, holding a B1 Preliminary for Schools (PET S) certificate will enhance any application for an apprenticeship.
Students need to be able to read texts from signs, newspapers and magazines and understand the main points. They will need to show they can use vocabulary and structure by completing tasks such as producing a short message, and writing a story or letter of around 100 words.
(36 minutes including 6 minutes' transfer time)
Students need to show they can understand the meaning of a range of recorded spoken material, including announcements, interviews and discussions about everyday life. They will also need to be able to understand the attitudes and intentions of the speakers.
(10–12 minutes per pair of candidates)
Students take part in a conversation, asking and answering questions, and talking freely about their likes and dislikes. They take the Speaking test with another candidate or in a group of three.
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B1 Preliminary for Schools (PET S) has undergone a thorough review to ensure that the exams continue to remain relevant to the needs of schools and learners. Have a look at the summary. The revision is now complete and the updated exam will start being used for exam sessions in January 2020.
Flexible Test Options
The B1 Preliminary for Schools (PET S) exam can be taken as a standard test (paper-based / PB) or computer-based (CB). Please note that exam dates and locations are different for the PB and CB exams
A2 Key, A2 Key for Schools, B1 Preliminary and B1 Preliminary for Schools have undergone a thorough review to ensure that the exams continue to remain relevant to the needs of schools and learners. Have a look at the summary.