A2 Key for Schools (KET) Listening

The Cambridge English: Key Listening paper has five parts. For each part you have to listen to a recorded text or texts and answer some questions. You hear each recording twice.

Time allowed - about 30 minutes

  1. Listening part 1: pictures with multiple choice questions
  2. Listening part 2: fill in a form
  3. Listening part 3: multiple choice
  4. Listening part 4: listen to five short texts
  5. Listening part 5: longer conversation and matching

The Listening section is worth 25% of the total score for the exam.

  • Each of the 25 listening questions scores 1 mark.

How to prepare for KEY Listening

  • Read the instructions carefully before you start each section.
  • Read the questions before you listen. You will hear the audio twice.
  • Listen! The more English you listen to the better your will do. Listen to the radio, English language TV, podcasts...
  • Learn how letters and numbers are pronounced