Cambridge English: KEY (KET)

Difficulty level: A2 elementary
The Key English Test is the easiest of the Cambridge exams.

Who is it for?
Do this test if you want to know your studies have started well and you have a basic knowledge of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

What is the KET test like?
The test has three sections:

  1. Reading & Writing - 60 minutes, 30 reading questions and two writing parts.
  2. Listening - 25 minutes
  3. Speaking - 8-10 minutes

There are two versions of the KET test:

  1. KET
  2. KET for Schools

Both versions have the same type of questions. The KET for schools test has content of interest to school-age learners.


The Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking sections each count for 25% of the marks.

You will receive a Statement of Results. If your performance ranges between CEFR Levels B1 and A1, you will also receive a certificate.
Pass with distinction (B1), Pass with Merit (A2), Pass (A2)

If you do not pass, but still do reasonably well you are issued an A1 certificate


A2 / B1 / elementary / low intermediate.
Click here to see a comparison of KET scores with other exams.

Click here to see further practice at A2 level.

When can I take the test?
Arrange with your closest test centre. You can do the test in two formats. Paper-based or Computer-based. The KET can be taken approximately once a month.

How much does it cost to take KET?
Fees are set by test centres. Expect to pay around €120 euros.