What is it?

The A2 Key for Schools is a basic level exam intended to prove a student’s capability to speak and understand English in simple circumstances. It is a well- rounded exam, testing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

A2 Key for Schools (KET for Schools)

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Why should I do the exam?

This basic level qualification is a great exam for students to prepare for, if they are brand new to learning English. An A2 Key for Schools certificate proves that students are able to:

  • express themselves using simple phrases and sayings
  • follow uncomplicated written English
  • present themselves to others and respond to basic questions
  • communicate with English speakers at a simple level

Format of the exam

Paper Content Marks Purpose
Reading and Writing
(70 minutes)
9 parts/ 56 questions 50% Proves you can understand basic written items such as signs, flyers and life-style magazines. You will also write a simple message.
Listening
(36 minutes)
5 parts/ 25 questions 25% Shows you are able to understand basic spoken statements when people do not speak too quickly.
Speaking
(8 – 10 minutes per pair of candidates)
2 parts 25% Calls for you to take part in a conversation with another candidate by asking and answering simple questions.

What’s changing in 2020?

Cambridge Assessment English makes sure that our language tests match modern teaching and learning research. Therefore, the A2 Key and A2 Key for Schools have been thoroughly evaluated and updated. The new revised exams will be offered from the beginning of January 2020.

More details

A2 Key for Schools (KET) speaking test, Sharissa and Jannis

A2 Key for Schools (KET) speaking test, Asia and Vittoria

A2 Key for Schools (KET) speaking test, Luca and Federica

A2 Key for Schools (KET) speaking test, Tommaso and Greta

Good to know

  • What is the difference between the A2 Key exam and A2 Key for Schools exam?
    • Both exams follow exactly the same format. However, the content of the A2 Key is targeted at adults, whereas the A2 Key for Schools version is tailored to suit the lives of school-age students.
  • How do I know if the exam is on paper or on a computer?
    • Our exams are normally offered as paper-based exams. If the exam is a computer-based exam, on the registration page it would appear as: "A2 Key for Schools (KET) – Computer Based"
  • What must I bring to my exam?
    • Some kind of valid governmental photo identification such as a passport or identity card - check the expiration date.
    • For candidates aged 17 or under on the exam days who do not own a valid ID or cannot get an emergency passport, please complete this form and send it to the office at the latest two weeks before the exam.
    • you will need a pencil to complete the exam papers - if a pen is required it will be provided.
    • A bottle of still water is allowed.
  • What if the expiration date on my identification is expired?

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