B1 Preliminary (PET) and B1 Preliminary for Schools

Candidates successfully passing this exam prove their B1 level of English language knowledge according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Successful candidates get an international certificate confirming their English language skills at a communicative level.
They should be able to use the language in everyday situations – understand simple articles, write simple letters or take notes. This exam is recommended after 320 – 480 lessons.
 

PET exam dates at IH Bratislava 2019/2020

Exam duration: approx 2 hours, 16 min.
Written part is usually on Saturday.
 
Level
CEFR / Type
Exam date/
written part
Registration
closing
Fee Exam date/
oral part
B1 Preliminary 16.11.2019 09.10.2019 110 EUR 08/11/2019 – 17/11/2019
B1 Preliminary 14.3.2020 05.02.2020 115 EUR 06/03/2020 - 15/03/2020
B1 Preliminary
for Schools
16.5.2020 07.04.2020 115 EUR 08/05/2020 - 17/05/2020
B1 Preliminary
for Schools
6.6.2020 29.04.2020 115 EUR 29/05/2020 - 07/06/2020
B1 Preliminary
for Schools
20.6.2020 12.05.2020 115 EUR 12/06/2020 - 21/06/2020
 

Online registration form

We can run the testing by four test takers.

Exam process
General binding conditions for registration (PDF 109 kb)

 
add Why choose B1 Preliminary (PET) and B1 Preliminary for Schools?
  • B1 Preliminary (PET) exam assesses English language knowledge at level B1 according to the CEFR.
  • It is very easy to integrate the PET exam into both school and company learning curriculums.
  • Students get an internationally recognised certificate
  • Students can improve their position on the job market.
  • The exam tests candidates’ language abilities in all skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • The evaluation comes in the form of written feedback containing the results of each part of the exam.
  • Successful candidates get an internationally recognised certificate, Cambridge Assessment English, which is valid for life.
add What does "for Schools" mean?
  • B1 Preliminary for Schools exam is adapted to elementary school pupils aged 11 – 14 to increase their motivation for learning English.
  • Preliminary for Schools (PET for Schools) and B1 Preliminary (PET) are identical in their difficulty level. They only differ in contents and topics – in Preliminary for Schools, authors are focused on the range of experiences and interests of elementary school pupils.
  • B1 Preliminary for Schools (PET for Schools) and B1 Preliminary (PET) certificates are identical and there is no mention about the former being a “for Schools” version.
  • It is possible to organise the exams at your school.
add Exam contents and format
Part Time Parts /
questions
Contents, word count Overall score
percentage
Reading and
 
Writing
1 hour
30 minutes
5 parts /  35 questions

3 parts / 7 questions
Understanding of simple labels, brochures,
newspapers and magazines.
Writing:
- sentence transformation, synonymic expressions
- short note, email, postcard, 35-45 words 
- a letter or a story, 100 words
50 %
Listening approx. 36 min. 4 parts / 25 questions Understanding of announcements and different
everyday life dialogues or monologues.
25 %
Speaking 10-12 min. 
(pair of candidates)
4 parts Speaking:
- with examiner 
- with other candidate 
25 %
add 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 (B1 Preliminary Certificate) proving your B1 level, you need to reach at least 140 points.
 
Score Grade CEFR Level
160–170 Pass with Distinction B2
153–159 Pass with Merit B1
140–152 Pass B1
120–139 Level A2 A2
If a candidate reaches the ”Pass with Distinction,” their skills obviously exceed the requirements for B1 level. Therefore, this candidate gets a certificate with a higher level – B2. 

If a candidate reaches the “Pass with Merit” or “Pass”, they pass the exam successfully and get a certificate with B1 level. 

Candidates scoring between 120 and 139 will also get a certificate – in this case with A2 level.

The exam result is available online within 4-6 weeks after the exam. Via 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)



If you have any further questions contact us at:
email: exams@ihbratislava.sk, tel: 02/52962675