PET for Schools

British Council

The best preparation for the Cambridge English Preliminary (PET) for your child

Here at the British Council we are experts in language exams, and every year we help over two million people worldwide to certify their level of English. Our extensive experience in this field enables us to offer your child a unique perspective on how to approach the Cambridge PET exam successfully and gain an internationally-recognised qualification at the B1 level. 

What does it consist of?

On this Cambridge Preliminary or PET preparation course, our expert teachers will help your child to perform to the best of their ability on the day of the test, through a range of activities, practice tests using past exam papers, and strategies for each part of the test.


Annual, termly or summer intensive. Explore the options available in your city below.

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Preliminary English Test

The Cambridge Preliminary English Test or PET qualification, aimed at students of an Intermediate level, demonstrates the linguistic abilities needed to understand basic information or instructions, express simple opinions on different topics, understand everyday texts and write about familiar subjects.

The exam consists of three papers, testing the four language skills as well as grammar and vocabulary: Reading and Writing (1 hour 30 minutes), Listening (30 minutes) and Speaking (10-12 minutes). Reading and Writing counts for 50% of the total marks, while the other two papers count for 25% each.

Cambridge English Preliminary is the ideal test for children and teenagers with an Intermediate level to have their first experience of taking this type of exam, while obtaining an internationally-recognised certificate of their English level.

What your child will learn

On this course your child will:

  • prepare thoroughly for the Cambridge English: Preliminary exam and develop essential exam techniques
  • improve their ability and confidence when using spoken and written English in a wide variety of situations
  • reach the level needed for the Cambridge English: Preliminary exam.

Your study options

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