What is PET?
ThePET exam assesses the four language skills as a whole: listening comprehension, reading, written production and oral expression of English.Piccabulla prepares for Pet certification
The B1 Preliminary, formerly known as the PET (Preliminary English Test), is the second level of examination at the University of Cambridge. Included in the B1 level of the Common European Framework.
The next level is B2 First, while the previous level is A2 Key.

As with all other Cambridge exams, the qualification, once earned, is never revoked. Individual institutions can still decide whether or not to accept a certification earned more than two years ago.
The Cambridge English Language Assessment Examinations is the body dedicated to the worldwide assessment of English proficiency for non-native English speakers.This “Board” is within the University of Cambridge.
The format of the Pet exam was changed in January 2020 and consists of 4 parts:

Paper 1: Reading.
, lasting 45 minutes. The test consists of 6 parts: comprehension of short texts (messages, notices, advertisements), comprehension of a profile of a person to be associated with a place or event based on his or her preferences, comprehension of a text, completion of a text with sentences to be entered by choosing from various options, and two cloze tests: a closed one (choice from four options) and an open one;

Paper 2: Writing.
, lasting 45 minutes. The test consists of 2 parts: writing an informal 100-word email and either writing an article on a given topic or writing a story both of 100 words, in which to demonstrate writing skills, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar;

Paper 3: Listening.
, lasting 35 minutes. The candidate must listen to recorded speeches of different types and lengths (simple informal exchanges, monologues and dialogues), understand and write down the general meaning and particular elements of what he or she hears;

Paper 4: Speaking.
, of 10-15 minutes. It is held by a native speaker examiner who questions two candidates at a time, who must interact by demonstrating language knowledge and expressive skills. After talking to the examiner, answering some general questions, they should identify with a situation described by the examiner through pictures and talk to each other for about 2-3 minutes. A photo description and a discussion of one’s likes and interests are also required; For the exam to be passed, at least 66 percent of the right answers must be obtained at the overall level.

Example of scoring
All papers have equal weight in assigning the final score which is nothing more than the arithmetic average of the individual four scores:

A maximum of 32 points can be scored in the reading paper, which are then converted according to the table below:

Score obtained Score awarded Equivalent level
29 – 32 160 – 170 B2
23 – 28 140 – 159 B1
13 – 22 120 – 139 A2
0 – 12 102 – 119 –


A maximum of 40 points can be scored in the writing paper, which are then converted according to the table below. Each of the two parts of the writing is worth 20 points divided into four areas: content, communication skills, organization and language.

Score obtained Score awarded Equivalent level
34 – 40 160 – 170 B2
24 – 33 140 – 159 B1
16 – 23 120 – 139 A2
0 – 15 102 – 119 –


A maximum of 25 points can be scored in the listening paper, which are then converted according to the table below:

Score obtained Score awarded Equivalent level
23 – 25 160 – 170 B2
18 – 22 140 – 159 B1
11 – 17 120 – 139 A2
0 – 10 102 – 119 –


A maximum of 30 points can be scored in the speaking paper, which are then converted according to the table below. The points are divided into five areas: vocabulary and grammar, discursiveness, pronunciation, interactive communication, and global skills (the latter is worth twice as much as the others).

Score obtained Score awarded Equivalent level
27 – 30 160 – 170 B2
18 – 26 140 – 156 B1
12 – 17 120 – 139 A2
0 – 11 102 – 119 –


The B1 Preliminary exam has five possible outcomes:

Pass with Distinction
(Promoted with Distinction), 160 to 170 points (90% to 100% of the total score), in which case a B1 Preliminary certificate is issued by Cambridge, certifying that the candidate has demonstrated skills suitable for the next level, B2, that is;

Pass with Merit
(Promoted with merit) 153 to 159 points (85% to 89% of total score);

(Promoted), 140 to 152 points (70% to 84%);

Level A2
(Level A2) from 120 to 139 points (45% to 69%), in which case the A2, the certificate below B1 Preliminary, is issued by Cambridge;

(Rejected) from 119 points down (below 44%).
After the exams are completed, all papers are sent to Cambridge for correction and evaluation. Candidates receive their evaluations after six weeks, with a report of the overall evaluations and for each paper. Those who are promoted receive Cambridge English certification after three months from the exam date.

Why is it worthwhile to have the Piccabulla team prepare or prepare for this exam?

The Piccabulla team not only faithfully adopts the Cambridge texts for the chosen exam certification but latere, incorporates elements of play-theater and advises and shares with its students and students: movies, TV series and books, classics and current affairs, trying to keep the interest alive and never be boring. He also organizes special events and classes.

Why is a Piccabulla course more productive than other courses?

The maximum number of students is 6 (minimum 3) and as many as 6 mock examinations are done over the 9-month school year.