KET - Key English Test

KET - Key English Test

KET is Cambridge ESOL's exam which recognises your ability to deal with everyday written and spoken English at a basic level.


Thousands of employees, universities and government departments officially recognise KET as a basic qualification in English.

Although KET is a basic exam, it offers you a chance to find your strengths and weaknesses in using English, and gives you a pathway to higher qualifications such as the PET (Preliminary English Test) and FCE (First Certificate In English).

Benefits of taking KET

  • KET is at level A2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).
  • KET certificate is valid for life. You will not need to take the exam again.
  • KET is a truly international certificate recognised around the world for business and study purposes.

What does KET Involve

  • Test 1

    Reading / Writing

    You will need to be able to understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. You will also have to fill gaps in simple sentences and write a short piece of around 25 words.

  • Test 2


    You need to show your ability to understand announcements and other spoken material when spoken reasonably slowly.

  • Test 3


    You will need to demonstrate that you can take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. Speaking tests are normally held with two candidates.


After the pre-intermediate course you can take the KET - Key English Test