This qualification is a great exam to prepare for, if students want to prove they have developed the ability to communicate in English in commonplace situations. This level also prepares them for further travel and study prospects. A B1 Preliminary for Schools certificate proves that a student is able to:
read uncomplicated schoolbooks and items in English
write mails and stories on commonplace matters
understand straightforward texts
demonstrate recognition of different opinions and feelings in texts and discussions
Format of the exam
Reading (45 minutes)
6 parts/ 32 questions
Requires students to comprehend the main points from a range of simple text styles.
Writing (45 minutes)
Reading: 2 parts/ 2 questions
Students will need to do short tasks demonstrating how they use language structure and words.
Listening (30 minutes)
4 parts/ 25 questions
Requires students to follow a number of recordings about everyday life and to understand the opinions and moods of the speakers.
Speaking (12 minutes per pair of candidates)
Students will ask and answer questions, as they discuss their preferences with another candidate.
What changed at the beginning of 2020?
Cambridge Assessment English makes sure our language tests match modern teaching and learning research. Therefore, the B1 Preliminary and B1 Preliminary for Schools was recently evaluated and updated. The revised exams have been offered since the beginning of January 2020.
B1 Preliminary for Schools (PET) speaking test, Victoria and Chiara
B1 Preliminary for Schools (PET) speaking test, Roberto and Simone
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What is the difference between the B1 Preliminary for Schools exam and the B1 Preliminary exam?
Both exams follow exactly the same format. However, the material in the B1 Preliminary for Schools version is appropriate for school-age candidates. The B1 Preliminary is targeted at people who have already finished school and have some world experience.
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, under the exam date listed on the Dates & Registration page it would appear as: "B1 Preliminary for Schools (PET) – Computer Based"
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?
All Candidates benefit from the highest level of service regardless of which option is chosen at registration.
Paper based and Computer based testing
Unlimited spaces for paper based exams
Changes after registration until registration deadline without surcharge (includes cancellation)
Late registration possible – candidate must contact this exam centre
Choice of speaking test partner now possible
Candidates and Schools have simultaneous access to results online
Certificates are despatched by registered post
Standard Exam plus Retake Option
Candidates who choose this option upon registration will benefit from all the advantages of the standard exam PLUS the Retake Option. (subject to this exam centre's Conditions and Regulations for Entry)
Candidates who fail to achieve the lowest passing score in their exam level by 1, 2 or 3 points are entitled to retake the same exam again.
The retake exam must be taken within 6 months of the original written exam date
The retake exam will be free of charge
Choosing Speaking Partners
Partners must register for the same exam level, region, written and speaking test dates.
The first person to register cannot select a partner but will receive a reference code upon registration
The second person to register should enter this code during the online registration process
School block entry registrations
Before registering your students contact the exam centre for instructions.
I , ask that these candidates be admitted to this examination. I undertake on their behalf to ensure that these candidates are made aware of and comply with the regulations and the arrangements made by the Centre Exams Manager as stated in the Important Links section below.
In the case of minors I have obtained the necessary permission from a parent or guardian to take a test day photo if required.
I have notified the Centre Exams Manager of any candidates with special needs.
I have informed the candidates of the exam dates as identified on the Examination Calendar.
I have informed the candidates that they must bring a valid ID/Passport to the examination. I understand that if candidates do not show a valid ID/Passport at the examination, they will not be allowed to sit the examination.
I understand that registrations are only valid once proof of full payment together with a copy of the registered candidate list has been received by the exam centre.