Level A2
An basic level English exam for business and social purposes.

The Key English Test is the first level Cambridge English exam, at level A2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. KET recognises the ability to cope with everyday written and spoken communications at a basic level.

Do you have basic English skills? Can you understand simple texts? Can you communicate in familiar situations? Can you understand short notices and simple spoken directions? If so, then KET is the exam for you.

KET is taken by more than 40,000 people each year, in more than 60 countries.

What will KET help you do?

KET is at Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - an internationally recognised framework.

At A2 level, typical users can:

  • understand simple questions and instructions
  • express simple opinions or needs
  • complete forms and write short, simple letters or postcards related to personal information.

Preparation for KET will give a candidate these kinds of practical language skills.

What is involved in taking the KET exam?

KET has three papers:
  • Reading and Writing: 1 hr 10 min
    Candidates need to be able to understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. They will also have to fill gaps in simple sentences and write a short message or note of 25-35 words.
  • Listening: 30 min
    Candidates need to show their ability to understand announcements and other spoken material when spoken reasonably slowly.
  • Speaking: 10 min
    Candidates need to demonstrate that they can take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. They take the Speaking test with another candidate or in a group of three.

Registration for the KET sessions

You will find information about registration for the KET exams on our contact page. Candidates can also register on-line on this web site.

Registration period and exam fees
'Paper Based' sessions 'Computer Based' sessions
Exam date
Final entry date
Friday 6 December 2013
5 November 2013
90 €
Saturday 7 December 2013
26 November 2013

Late registration and cancellations

A late registration fee of 40 € per candidate will be charged for entries received after the end of the registration period. In the case of late entries space is subject to availability. If a candidate is unable to attend an exam session on medical grounds, a 24 € administration fee will be retained by the centre and the remainder of the fees will be returned to the candidate. No refund will be made for any other reason.

Special arrangements for candidates

Cambridge English provides a Special Arrangements service for some candidates, for example those with learning difficulties, hearing difficulties or visual difficulties.

For further information on the services we provide, click the links on the left or below:

Learning difficulties
Hearing or speaking difficulties
Visual difficulties

We also have information on the range of modified materials that can be provided for candidates with special requirements.


In order to avoid spelling mistakes on exam certificates, please make sure that candidates' names and surnames are spelt correctly and that you have included their date of birth. The centre cannot accept responsibility for spelling mistakes or missing accents on final certificates. Schools registering groups of students should provide us with their name, address, email and telephone number so that we can issue results directly to the school.



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