Cambridge English: B1 Preliminary (PET) for Schools

Difficulty level: B1 / low intermediate
The B1 Preliminary English Test is one of the Cambridge English exams.

Who is it for?
Do this test if you want to know that you have an intermediate level of English. With this level of English you will enjoy holidays in English speaking countries. You should probably continue studying once you have passed the B1 Preliminary exam.

What is the B1 Preliminary for schools test like?
The test has these sections:

  1. Reading - 6 parts - 32 questions - 45 minutes
  2. Writing - 2 parts - 45 minutes
  3. Listening - 4 parts - 25 questions - 30 minutes
  4. Speaking - an interview - 4 parts - 12-17 minutes

There are two versions of the B1 Preliminary test:

  1. B1 Preliminary
  2. B1 Preliminary for Schools

Both versions have the same type of questions. The B1 Preliminary for schools test has content of interest to school-age learners.

Paper-based or computer-based exams
You can do the B1 Preliminary for schools exam on a computer or on paper. The computer-based exam is available once a month. The paper-based exam is only available six times a year.

You receive a Statement of Results showing the CEFR level.

  • 160-170 = A = B2
  • 153-159 = B = B1
  • 130-152 = C = B1
  • 120-139 = Level A2

If you receive a score lower than 120, it will be reported on your Statement of Results but you will not receive the Preliminary English Test certificate.

B1 / Alte 2 / low intermediate. Click here to see how it compares with other exams.

When can I take the test?
Arrange with your closest test centre. There are monthly examination dates for the B1 Preliminary exam, and even more options for the B1 Preliminary for Schools.

How much does it cost to take B1 Preliminary for schools?
Fees are set by test centres. Expect to pay around €120 euros.