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B1 Preliminary (PET)

B1 Preliminary, formerly known as Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) or Preliminary English Test (PET), is one of Cambridge English Qualifications. It is the English language exam that shows you have mastered the basics.


B1 Preliminary reflects the use of language in real life, such as understanding signs and announcements, and is accepted by many employers as proof of ability to use English in clerical, secretarial or managerial jobs. It is also widely accepted for use in jobs where spoken English is necessary such as tourism, retail, construction, manufacturing and engineering.


B1 Preliminary is at Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). At B1 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • understand the main points of straightforward instructions or public announcements
  • deal with most of the situations you might meet when travelling as a tourist in an English-speaking country
  • ask simple questions and take part in factual conversations in a work environment
  • write letters or make notes on familiar matters


Key facts:

CEFR level:      B1  
Scale score:    140-159
Test format:      Computer or paper-based
No. of papers:   4
Exam length:    about 2 hours 20 minutes


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