Level B1
An pre-intermediate level English exam for business and social purposes.

The Preliminary English Test is the second level Cambridge English exam. It is an pre-intermediate level exam, at Level B1 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. If you can deal with everyday written and spoken communications (e.g. read simple textbooks and articles, write simple personal letters, make notes during a meeting), then this is the exam for you.

PET is taken by more than 80,000 people each year in more than 80 countries, and is a valuable qualification if you want to work or study abroad or to develop a career in international business. It is also useful preparation for higher level exams, such as FCE (First Certificate in English), CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) and CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English).


What will taking PET help you do?

PET is at Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - an internationally recognised framework.

At B1 level, typical users can:

  • understand the main points of straightforward instructions or public announcements
  • understand instructions on classes and homework given by a teacher or lecturer
  • ask simple questions and take part in factual conversations in school and study environments
  • write a description of an event, for example a school trip.

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

What is involved in taking the PET exam?

PET has three papers:
  • Reading and Writing: 1hr 30 min
    Candidates need to be able to read texts from signs, journals, newspapers and magazines and understand the main points. They will need to show they can use vocabulary and structure by completing tasks such as producing a short message, and writing a story or letter of around 100 words.
  • Listening: 30 min (approx)
    Candidates need to show they can understand the meaning of a range of recorded spoken material, including announcements, interviews and discussions about everyday life. They will also need to be able to understand the attitudes and intentions of the speakers.
  • Speaking: 12 min
    Candidates take part in a conversation, asking and answering questions, and talking freely about their likes and dislikes. They take the Speaking test with another candidate or in a group of three.

Registration for the PET sessions

You will find information about registration for the PET 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
Thursday 25 July 2013
Session available in Barcelona,
Manresa and Sitges
24 June 2013
95.50 €
Saturday 10 August 2013
Session available in Barcelona, Mataró and Vilafranca del Penedès
26 July 2013
Friday 13 September 2013
4 September 2013
Friday 25 October 2013
15 October 2013
Thursday 21 November 2013
11 November 2013
Friday 6 December 2013
5 November 2013
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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