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 KEY 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 KEY test:

  1. KEY
  2. KEY for Schools

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


The Reading and Writing paper counts for 50% of your marks, and the Listening and Speaking papers each count for 25% of your marks. You will receive a separate score for each of the three papers. These three scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam.

You will receive a Statement of Results.

140–150 = Grade A = B1

133–139 = Grade B = A2

120–132 = Grade C = A2

100–119 = Level A1


A2 / B1 / elementary / low intermediate.
Click here to see a comparison of KEY 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. There are more frequent dates for computer-based exams. The KEY exam can be taken approximately once a month.

How much does it cost to take KEY?
Fees are set by test centres. Expect to pay around €110 euros.