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B1 Preliminary for Schools

Information for candidates

The Information for Candidates booklet is packed with study tips, exam advice and frequently asked questions. A great way to help your learners feel fully prepared for their exam.

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B1 Preliminary for Schools, formerly known as Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools (PET for Schools), is one of our Cambridge English Qualifications. It is the English language exam that shows that students have mastered the basics.

A B1 Preliminary for Schools qualification shows that a student has mastered the basics of English and now has practical language skills for everyday use.

This exam is the logical step in a student’s language learning journey between A2 Key for Schools and B2 First for Schools.

B1 Preliminary for Schools is targeted at the same CEFR level as B1 Preliminary but with content aimed at school-age learners rather than adults.

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Exam Format

B1 Preliminary for Schools is made up of four papers developed to test students’ English skills. Click to find sample papers.

Paper 1: Reading


Candidates are expected to understand the main points, global and detailed meaning, attitude, text structure, opinions and feelings. Candidates are also expected to read for specific information and detailed comprehension.

Paper 2: Writing


Candidates are expected to understand a number of recorded spoken texts at a reasonably slow pace to identify specific information as well as the meaning of the texts.

Paper 3: Listening


Candidates are expected to listen for key information in short texts such as announcements and discussion about everyday life, including identifying attitudes and opinions.

Paper 4: Speaking

12 - 17 MINUTES

Candidates are expected to show their ability to take part in different types of interaction with the examiner and their speaking partner(s) including discussions about preferences and opinions, as well as making and responding to suggestions.

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