A boy outside his school, waiting to start his English lesson

The Cambridge English: B1 Preliminary (PET) for Schools qualification shows that you can communicate in English in practical, everyday situations. It will give you a good foundation if you want to study for higher level Cambridge English qualifications.

Level of qualification

B1 Independent on the Common European Framework

Who should take this exam?

Studying for the B1 Preliminary (PET) for Schools will improve your English so that you can communicate when travelling or dealing with English speakers.

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • express your likes and dislikes, and discuss them with others
  • understand spoken and written announcements and instructions
  • write a personal letter or take notes from a meeting or discussion.

How does the exam process work?

There are four parts to the exam. You do the Reading, Writing and Listening papers on the same day. You may need to return to do the Speaking on a different day. You do the Speaking with two examiners and one other exam candidate. The exam is available in Greece in both paper-based and computer-based format.

  Reading Writing Listening Speaking 
Time 45 minutes 45 minutes 30 minutes 12 minutes
per pair of
(% of total)
25% 25% 25% 25%

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