A2 Key

The Cambridge exams A2 Key (KET) and A2 Key for Schools are A2 Level exams. They are designed for adult candidates, pupils and students who wish to obtain a proof of their basic English language knowledge. They are suitable as a starting point for other higher level exams.

A2 Key Exam dates

We can run the testing by four test takers.

They are suitable as a starting point for other higher level exams. Candidates become familiar with a Cambridge exam format and get independent objective assessment of their English language knowledge.

Exam process

General binding conditions for registration (PDF)

Exam preparation

Why choose A2 Key (KET) and A2 Key for Schools?
  • A2 Key exam assesses the practical knowledge of English language at level A2 using materials based on everyday real-life situations.
  • Students get an internationally recognised certificate, Cambridge Assessment English, which is valid for life.
  • The exam tests candidates’ language abilities in all skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Candidates will get a written message and a certificate containing results from all exam parts.
  • It is very easy to integrate the KET exam into both school and company learning curriculums.
  • The exam is recognised by many international institutions.
What does "for Schools" mean?
  • Cambridge English: Key for Schools exam is adapted to elementary school pupils aged 11 – 14.
  • The exam is focused on the range of experiences and interests of elementary school pupils.
  • Key English Test for Schools ( KET for Schools) certificate is identical with Key English Test ( KET) exam certificate.
  • It is possible to organise the exams at your school.
Exam contents and format

Reading and Writing
Time: 1 hour
Questions: 7 parts/  32 questions
Contents, word count: Understanding of simple labels, brochures, newspapers and magazines. Writing of two short texts of 140-190 words.
Overall score percentage: 50 %

Time: approx. 30 min.
Questions: 5 parts  / 25 questions
Contents, word count: Understanding of rather slow announcements and other recordings.
Overall score percentage: 25 %

Time: 8-10 min.
Questions: 2 parts
Contents, word count: Speaking: with examiner, with other candidate
Overall score percentage: 25 %
Evaluation and certificate
Tested skills are evaluated individually. The candidate scores a certain number of points in each part. The
score reflects their level of English. The final result determines the overall grade. To get the certificate (Key English Test Certificate) proving your A2 level, you need to reach at least 120 points.
Score Grade CEFR level
140-150 A B1
133-139 B A2
120-132 C A2
100-119 Level A1 A1

If a candidate reaches the “A,” their skills obviously exceed the requirements for A2 level. Therefore, this candidate gets a certificate with a higher level – B1.

If a candidate reaches the “B” or “C”, they pass the exam successfully and get a certificate with A2 level.

Candidates scoring between 100 and 119 will also get a certificate – in this case with A1 level.

The exam result is available online within 4-6 weeks after the exam. Via the FREE online results service you can access the Statement of Results document containing the results from each part of the exam as well as your overall score.

Sample statement of results (pdf)

Understanding the statement of results (pdf)

A2 Key Exam dates