What is Cambridge English: Key (KET)?

Cambridge English: Key, also known as the Key English Test (KET), is the lowest level General English exam in the Cambridge English range. It shows that you can communicate in basic English in everyday situations.

Who should take the test?

You should take the KET if you acquired English skills of Primary 5 to Form 2 levels in Hong Kong, or have done about 250 hours of study or practice and can speak, write and understand basic English.

What your child need to do in the tests?

In the tests the child should be able to:

  • ask and answer questions about yourself and others.
  • understand announcements and instructions when people speak slowly and clearly.
  • tell people what you think about something you read or hear.

What is the format of the tests?

There are three parts to the exam. The Reading and Writing and the Listening papers are conducted on the same day. Whereas the Speaking may be on a different day. You do the Speaking with two examiners and one other exam candidate.

  Reading and Writing Speaking Speaking
Time allowed 1 hr 10 mins 30 mins 8-10 mins per pair of candidates
(% of total)
50% 25% 25%