Preliminary English Test – PET Cambridge

Practical English for everyday use

Cambridge English: Preliminary uses real-life situations that are especially designed to help you understand factual information and show awareness of opinions, attitudes and mood in both spoken and written English.

Real-life language skills

Cambridge English: Preliminary is set at Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages(CEFR). B1 is the level of English needed to:

  • deal with everyday events
  • read simple textbooks or magazine articles
  • write letters on familiar subjects
  • take notes in a meeting.

It shows that you can communicate with native speakers for everyday purposes.

For example, at B1 level, you can expect 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.
Preparing for Cambridge English: Preliminary will give you these kinds of practical language skills.


Backed by the largest research programme of its kind, Cambridge English exams provide the most reliable reflection of your language skills.


The Cambridge English: Preliminary exam is available internationally. Also, with paper-based and computer-based exam options, you can choose when and how you take your exam.


Cambridge exams cover all major varieties of English and are designed to be fair to users of all nationalities and linguistic backgrounds.


A wealth of materials is available to help you prepare for your exam.

A Cambridge qualification

Once you have earned a Cambridge English certificate, you hold one of the most valuable English qualifications in the world.