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Cambridge English: Key (KET)

The Key English Test is a pre-intermediate level examination and corresponds to level 2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The exam is made up of three papers: Reading and Writing, Speaking and Listening. There are three passing grades: 'Pass with Distinction', 'Pass with Merit', 'Pass' and one failing grade: 'Level A1'. Students can take either a computer-based or a paper-based exam. It's typically taken by students aged between 11 and 14 and can be achieved after around 180 – 200 hours of study. The language used in the tests comes from real-life situations. Why not try our free practice tests below.

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Reading and writing part 1 (2020).

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Listening Time: approximately 30 minutes

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Reading and Writing Time: 1 hour

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Cambridge A2 Key (KET): Reading and Writing

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Introduction

Let me start with this: A lot of my students hate reading and writing. They think it’s difficult, boring, stupid or a combination of all three. When I want to practise with them, I can see fear, stress and hate in their eyes. 🙂

Luckily, Cambridge changed the exam a little bit in 2020. With the update, A2 Key is now more similar to the higher-level tests like B1 Preliminary or B2 First. The tasks are more interesting and my students have enjoyed their practice more.

Now, A2 Key Reading and Writing has seven parts (five for the Reading part and two for the Writing paper) and you have 60 minutes to complete everything. For many students, that is not a lot of time.

Because of this, it is really important that you know exactly what you have to do in each task, how you can save time and how you can get the highest marks possible .

In this article, you will get a general idea of Reading and Writing. We are going to see what each task looks like and look at a few things you should think about, for example, your timing.

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The different parts of Reading and Writing

In the A2 Key exam, there are three different parts that you have to do:

  • Reading and Writing

Reading and Writing might be the most difficult part of the test because it combines two exam papers and you only have a very short time to finish everything (60 minutes). It counts 50% towards your total score in the exam so it is very important to understand the different parts very well so let’s look at them a little bit more carefully.

Part 1 – 3-option multiple choice

In Part 1, you get six short real-life texts like notices, messages, emails, signs, etc. With each text, there are three sentences and you have to choose the sentence that best shows the meaning of the text.

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Part 2 – 3-option multiple matching

In Part 2, you read seven questions and three short texts about the same topic. You need to find the answers to the questions in those texts.

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Part 3 – 3-option multiple choice

Part 3 includes a longer text and five questions. For each question, you get three possible answers A, B or C.

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Part 4 – 3-option multiple-choice cloze

The text in Reading and Writing Part 4 is a little bit shorter than in Part 3. There are six gaps in the text and for each gap you have to choose the best word from three possible options A, B or C.

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Part 5 – Open cloze

In Part 5, you always have to look at an email (and sometimes a reply to the email too). In the email, there are six gaps and you have to think about the perfect word for each gap. You don’t get any possible answers, but you have to decide yourself.

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Part 6 – Guided writing

Part 6 is the first writing task in A2 Key. You have to write a short email or note with at least 25 words. In the task, you get some information that you have to include in the email.

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Part 7 – Picture story

In Part 7, you get three pictures and you have to write a story about those pictures. You must write at least 35 words.

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Strategies for A2 Key Reading and Writing

I know that you might feel stressed now because there are so many different parts in Reading and Writing and you have to think about a lot of things if you want to get ready, but I will give you a few tips that you can use in your preparation.

Think about the order of the tasks

Many people just start the test with Part 1 and move through the tasks in the same order as the exam gives them them. There is nothing wrong with that, but for other people it can be better to change the order and go through the exam differently.

One way is to start with the longer reading tasks because at the beginning, you still feel fresh so it might be a good idea to do the longer parts first.

Other candidates prefer doing the grammar and vocabulary parts first (Parts 4 and 5) and leave the reading tasks for later.

Last but not least, you might want to start with the writing tasks (Parts 6 and 7) and then do the rest.

It is really your decision, but sit down and think about the best order for yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others, but find out what is best for you.

Be careful with your timing

Time management is another big point in A2 Key Reading and Writing. I said earlier that you only have 60 minutes to finish the whole exam paper. You also have to remember that you have to transfer all your answers onto an extra answer sheet which you get at the beginning of the test. If we say that you will need around five minutes to do that, you have around 55 minutes to do seven tasks or around eight minutes for each part.

Make sure that you check how much time you need when you start practising and find out which parts you can do quickly and which ones need more time. Work on getting faster so you can definitely finish before the time is up and do the exam without feeling stressed.

How to prepare for Reading and Writing

In the previous part, I told you a lot about exam strategies, but don’t forget about developing your language skills. If your grammar and vocabulary are not good enough, you cannot pass A2 Key.

The best way to put everything together is to take English classes. There are many great schools around the world where you can prepare for A2 Key with other people who want the same thing as you.

To find out where you can find a good school, click HERE .

Outside of language classes, you can also do many things to improve your English. Read and listen to things regularly. Just a few minutes per day can already make a big difference. Use the time on your way to or from school/work or just before bed to practise and get better.

Time to practise

It is never too early to start practising. Use the information on teacherphill.com and other websites to become better and to get ready for A2 Key.

Lots of love,

Teacher Phill 🙂

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A2 key exam format.

A2 Key is made up of three papers developed to test your English skills. You can see exactly what is in each paper below.

The formats below are the same for both the paper-based and computer-based exams and digital exams. Please note, during March 2024 we will be moving from our current computer-based exam delivery to Cambridge English Qualifications Digital, which will offer you even more benefits. Information on the switch and what this means for you can be found on our Cambridge English Qualifications Digital page.

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openbook What’s in the Reading and Writing paper?

The A2 Key Reading and Writing paper has seven parts and different types of texts and questions. Parts 1–5 are about reading and Parts 6–7 are mainly about writing.

Part 1 (Multiple choice)

Part 2 (Multiple matching)

Part 3 (Multiple choice)

Part 4 (Multiple-choice cloze)

Part 5 (Open cloze)

Part 6 (Guided writing)

Part 7 (Picture story)

playlist What’s in the Listening paper?

The A2 Key Listening paper has five parts. For each part you have to listen to a recorded text or texts and answer some questions. You hear each recording twice.

Part 2 (Gap fill)

Part 4 (Multiple choice)

Part 5 (Matching)

megaphone What’s in the Speaking paper?

The A2 Key Speaking test has two parts and you take it with another candidate. There are two examiners. One examiner talks to you and the other examiner listens. Both examiners give marks for your performance.

Part 1 (Interview)

Part 2 (Discussion)

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About A2 Key (KET)

A2 Key, formerly known as Cambridge English: Key (KET), is one of our Cambridge English Qualifications. This basic-level qualification is a great exam to take if you’re new to learning English.

An A2 Key qualification is proof of your ability to use English to communicate in simple situations.

The exam tests all four English language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking.

It should give you the confidence to go on and study for higher-level exams such as  B1 Preliminary and B2 First.

A2 Key (KET) exam format

A2 Key is made up of three papers developed to test your English skills. You can see exactly what is in each paper below.

Reading and Writing

The A2 Key Reading and Writing paper has seven parts and different types of texts and questions. Parts 1–5 are about reading and Parts 6–7 are mainly about writing.

The A2 Key Listening paper has five parts. For each part you have to listen to a recorded text or texts and answer some questions. You hear each recording twice.

The A2 Key Speaking test has two parts and you take it with another candidate. There are two examiners. One examiner talks to you and the other examiner listens. Both examiners give marks for your performance.

A2 Key (KET) exam result

The test measures the A2 level according to the CEFR Framework. The test is reliable at levels above A2 (Level B1) and below level A2 (Level A1).

Scores between 100 and 119 are also reported on the candidate’s Test Results Report, but the candidate will not receive an A2 Key Test (KET) certificate.

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Cambridge English exams are recognised by over 25,000 universities, employers and governments around the world. Our English language tests can open doors to higher education, improve employment opportunities, and because they are globally recognised, can increase your choices for study or work.

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The Cambridge English: Key Reading and Writing paper has seven parts and different types of texts and questions. Parts 1–5 are about reading and Parts 6–7 are about writing.

Reading and Writing are taken together - 60 minutes

  • Reading part 1: understanding messages
  • Reading part 2: three texts with questions
  • Reading part 3: long text with multiple choice questions
  • Reading part 4: text with multiple choice gaps
  • Reading part 5: text with gaps
  • Writing part 1: write a message
  • Writing part 2: write a story based on pictures

Scoring The Reading part has 30 questions and there are two writing parts.

Scoring The Reading and Writing parts have 56 questions and are worth 50% of the total score for the exam.

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