Closure of the Cambridge English Examinations Centre, Bern

The current disruption resulting from the Coronavirus has caused enormous personal, professional and economic difficulties for us all. We at the Cambridge English Examinations Centre, Bern have done our utmost to fulfil obligations to candidates and schools during these past weeks and have carried out all written and oral examinations up to and including Saturday, 14 March 2020.

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that the Cambridge English Examinations Centre, Bern is ceasing business with immediate effect and will no longer be able to accept any registrations for future examinations.

Over many years we have valued working together with you, your staff and your students. All our efforts have been focussed on providing professional support and services towards the achievement of a successful outcome for candidates in the examinations. We hope you will agree that we have fulfilled these commitments.

We would like to refer you to our partner Centres for Summer registrations.

We will be sending you information regarding refunds for your fees in a separate email during the next few days.

I am enormously grateful for your personal and business collaboration and wish you and your students the very best for the future.

Anne Gruaz

To all schools and candidates wishing to register for Cambridge exams.

We have received offers of help for our clients from the following centres:

Basel –

Geneva –

St. Gallen -

Valais & Vaud East -

Vaud West – Lausanne -

We have accepted their offer of help for you and would ask you to contact one of the above centres for any future registrations.

All candidates and schools that have paid Cambridge English Exams Centre Bern for exams scheduled between 15.03.2020 and 31.12.2020 will receive a full refund.

To claim your refund please fill out one of the forms below and return it to immediately.

It is not possible for us to transfer your fee to another exams centre.

Thank you for your patience while we process the refunds.




What is it?

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

A2 Key (KET)

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Why should I do the exam?

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

  • express yourself using simple phrases and sayings
  • follow uncomplicated written English
  • present yourself 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
(60 minutes)
7 parts/ 32 questions 50% Proves you can understand basic written items such as signs, flyers and life-style magazines. You will also write a simple message.
(30 minutes)
5 parts/ 25 questions 25% Shows you are able to understand basic spoken statements when people do not speak too quickly.
(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 changed at the beginning of 2020?

Cambridge Assessment English makes sure our language tests match modern teaching and learning research. Therefore, the A2 Key and A2 Key for Schools was recently evaluated and updated. The revised exams have been offered since the beginning of January 2020.

A2 Key (KET) speaking test, Rashid and Gonca

A2 Key (KET) speaking test, Sthefhany and Fayza

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 (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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