Monday, 3 March 2014

PET and KET exam practice

Your first exam is 25th March - KET and PET speaking exam!


What you need to know about the KET Speaking Test
There are two parts to the KET Speaking Test
Two candidates take the test together
There are two examiners in the room
The test takes 8-10 minutes
Part 1: 5-6 mins

The examiner asks you questions. You answer them. The questions are about you, your family, your job or studies and where you live. You will be asked to spell a word – usually your name.

Some examples:

• What’s your name?

• Where do you live?

• Why are you learning English?

• What do you usually do at the weekend?

• What sports do you like?

• Tell me about your family*

*For ‘tell me about ‘– you need to try and answer with more than one sentence.

Try to think of 3 things with description, e.g.:

• I have one brother and two sisters.

• My mother is a doctor and my father is a teacher.

• We live in a big house in the city.

Part 2: 3-4 mins

Two candidates take the KET Speaking test together. The examiner gives you a sheet, usually with a picture and some information. You ask and answer questions with the other candidate, not the examiner. These questions are not personal; they are about the information on the sheet. You take turns, Student A asks the questions. Student B answers the questions. There is a new sheet of paper. Student B asks the questions. Student A answers. To help you making the questions, there are question words on the sheet.

You will need to know how to use the following question words:

What, When, Where, Who, Why, How.

Remember - you are not in a competition with the other student. Having two candidates, not one allows for more conversation. If there are only 3 candidates in total, the three take the test together. You will never have to take the test alone.

There are two examiners in the room. One examiner manages the test, he or she is the one explaining what to do, asking the questions, and giving out the materials. The second examiner just sits and listens. He or she does not participate in the test. Both examiners are assessing your English.


Useful websites to help you practice: A very useful speaking quiz:


Time allowed - 10-12 minutes

Normally you will do the speaking test with another candidate. The two of you will meet two examiners. One of the examiners will talk to you, the other does not particpate in the conversations.

There are three parts to the speaking test:

Speaking part 1: short questions and answers between you and the examiner
Speaking part 2: look at a visual and discuss it with the other candidate
Speaking part 3: you have a 'long turn' to speak about a photograph for one minute

Scoring - The Speaking section is worth 25% of the total score for the exam.

How to prepare for PET Speaking
Read the instructions carefully before you start each section.
Speak as much as you can, with your friends
Practise looking at photographs and speaking about them
Listen! The more English you listen to the better your will do. Listen to the radio, English language TV, podcasts...


Useful websites to help you practise:

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