The international exam PET (Preliminary English Test) continues the Cambridge exams to determine the general level of knowledge in English, and is the second step of evaluation of your progress after the basic exam KET (Key English Test). If you see that in the process of learning English your knowledge reached the level of intermediate, you can test your strength and prepare for this and pass on the complexity of the examination of the second PET.
Usually the delivery of international PET exam preparing those who own written and spoken English in everyday situations, of course, within the knowledge of the average. This level is designated as B 1 according to the scale of the Council of Europe (CEFR), which was introduced precisely to determine the abilities of the person in the study of foreign languages. People who know English at B 1 may use English at work and at school, while traveling. As a rule, their vocabulary is small, and the number of applied grammar and speech patterns is limited, but it’s still a level of English that is recognized as a base for many organizations. If you’re curious how proficiency corresponds not only to the international exam PET, and other exams in this series, look for a visual representation of the image scales of the Council of Europe.
How do you know that you need to take an international exam is PET? Answer a few questions, but without exaggeration. You understand the basic meaning of a conversation, and you can talk to your friends on various topics in English (family, school, work, etc.)? You are able to understand the information offered by the travel agency, and hear what the guide says? You are able to conduct personal correspondence and talk about their experiences, achievements, memories? You would be able to participate in the meeting, ask questions and express their opinions on any topic known to you? While in most cases these questions you answered «yes», it means that your goal — an international exam PET. In the article «Why take international exams,» presented several advantages of learning English to help you to decide with a clear goal for the future.
International PET exam It was created by the University of Cambridge Department of Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) at the beginning of 1970. Significantly revised and redesigned it was almost thirty years later, a new version of the exam in force since 2004. As well as the international exam KET, from 2009 it became possible to choose between a test of PET and PET for schools. The difference in principle in one — a theme, the contents of the second more focused on the knowledge, interests and experiences of students, and in general both exams are identical. The international exam PET — a «prehistory» of the first Cambridge Certificate (FCE). And the fact that the certificate PET also is valid for life and recognized by various organizations and companies, making this test one of the most popular among English language learners. Therefore, every year it sit for about 80 000 people from 80 countries.
The structure of the international PET exam
International exams PET, as well as his lighter «colleague» — KET, consists of three stages. What kind of testing required to obtain the coveted certificate?
- Reading and writing (reading and writing). Within a half hour, you need to read and understand short texts of the brochures, British newspapers and magazines, and then perform the written assignments of various kinds — to fill in the necessary blanks in sentences, complete or restructure proposal to write a letter or response of about 100 words, and others.
- Listening (listening). To pass this test you allocated thirty minutes. On the basis of intercepted short passages, short dialogues in English and monologues are required to perform some exercises that test the extent to which you understand the material proposed by ear.
- Speaking (speaking). Within 10-12 minutes you will have a talk with the examiner and with another candidate who donate this test in the company with you. You should be able to answer the questions of the examiner, ask questions yourself, and talk about themselves.
Assessing your skills in English corresponding to the level of the international PET exam passes on the amount of points you get for each stage of testing. Depending on the percentage of correct assignments, you can get an estimate: pass with merit (85% -100%) — has handed over perfectly, pass (70% -84%) — passed well, level A 2 (45% -69%) — satisfactory, and this certification exam KET, or not passed — fail (0-44%). Estimates of their knowledge on the exam you get two months after its delivery. But if successful, the task is still 2-3 months you are rewarded with a welcome certificate.
After selecting the level, which correspond to your knowledge of the English language, and also to determine with the required exam, you can register and pay the required fees at the centers of the British Council, which carried out the University of Cambridge International Examinations.
But how to prepare for a particular exam, only you can choose. Of course, work in a group and with the teacher is preferred, especially in the early stages of learning English. It can help you have a good English tutor via Skype. But the self-study — great, just a mass of available materials. You can help courses Introduction to PET, Objective PET, PET Practice Tests, Exams Extra PET, PET Masterclass, etc. And in order to thoroughly examine the possible options for jobs on the international examination PET, refer to the materials posted on the official website of the Examination Board of Cambridge University Cambridge ESOL — cambridgeesol.org.