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What is PET?
The Cambridge Preliminary English Test (PET) is the second level of the Cambridge exams in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). It is an intermediate level exam, set at Level B1 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework for modern languages. PET recognises the ability to cope with everyday written and spoken communications.
Who is PET for?
PET is designed for people whose English is adequate for many practical purposes, including work, study and social situations. It indicates an ability to cope with situations which require a predictable use of language, read simple textbooks and articles and write simple personal letters, or make notes during a meeting.
Candidates should have a wide grasp of vocabulary and be able to use appropriate communication styles for a variety of situations. They should be starting to do more than simply pick out facts and should be able to detect opinions, attitudes and moods in spoken and written English.
PET is taken by more than 80,000 people each year in more than 80 countries, and is a valuable qualification for anyone who wants to work or study abroad or to develop a career in international business. It is also useful preparation for higher level examinations.
Why choose PET?
PET covers the four main language skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as assessing grammar and vocabulary, testing with material from real life situations. It therefore provides evidence of practical skills, and indicates sufficient ability to be of practical use in clerical, secretarial and managerial jobs, and in many industries, such as tourism,swherescontact with English speakers is required.
Studying for PET is a popular way to improve your language skills and use them in a wide range of contexts. PET is recognised by many employers and educational institutions as proof of intermediate level English skills.
阅读与写作(试卷1) 时间: 1小时30分钟
听力(试卷2) 时间: 30分钟
What does the exam involve?
PET has three papers
Reading and Writing/Listening/Speaking
Each paper is returned to Cambridge for marking and assessment, except the Speaking Test, which is conducted by two locally based examiners who examine candidates face to face. All examiners are accredited by Cambridge ESOL.
Reading and Writing (Paper 1) 1 hour 30 minutes
The Reading and Writing paper assesses the ability to read and understand factual texts taken from signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. Candidates need to be able to understand the main messages and the effect they may have on a reader, and to have strategies for dealing with unfamiliar words and structures.
The paper includes a variety of tasks including filling in gaps in simple texts, completing forms, and writing a short report or letter of around 100 words to demonstrate control of structure, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation.
Listening (Paper 2) 30 minutes
The Listening paper assesses the ability to understand recorded material such as public announcements and dialogues, which will be delivered at a moderate pace. Candidates need to be able to understand the factual information in the recordings, and to assess the attitudes and intentions of the speakers.
Speaking (Paper 3) 10-12 minutes
The Speaking Test assesses the ability to interact in conversational English with an examiner and with another candidate. Candidates need to be able to answer and ask questions about themselves and to talk freely about their likes and dislikes.
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