Exam Classes | Cambridge B1 Preliminary

Where do I take the test?

There are over 2,800 centres in 130 countries around the world. All of them are inspected by Cambridge English and meet our high standards. Contact OWL to arrange a test date and to check prices and booking fees.

When can I take the test?

One World Learning can arrange with your nearest test centre. There are frequent dates with over 20 tests a year.

OWL uses the Complete Preliminary for Schools series.

View a sample unit of Complete Preliminary for Schools.

What is included in an Exam course?

  • 90-minute classes (divided into 2×45 min sessions)
  • Regular private tutorials to discuss progress and recommendations.
  • Written feedback on written work.
  • Regular testing to allow candidates to recognise weaknesses.
  • Online practice testing to allow candidates to familiarise themselves with computer-based testing.
  • Regular speaking practice under test conditions on the Speaking Paper part 1 (Interview) and Part 2 (Discussion) to familiarise the candidate with the process and Cambridge expectations.

Exam preparation classes for Cambridge A2 Key (formerly KET), B1 Preliminary (formerly PET), B2 First (formerly FCE), C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) and IELTS can also be added to your Lesson Package.

Contact OWL to discuss your Cambridge or IELTS Exam classes and see what is best for you.

Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)

Level: B1 Intermediate
Formerly known as PET the Cambridge English Preliminary exam that shows you have mastered the basics.

A B1 Preliminary qualification shows that you have mastered the basics of English and now have practical language skills for everyday use. B1 Preliminary for Schools is targeted at the same CEFR level as B1 Preliminary but with content aimed at school-age learners rather than adults.

This exam is the logical step in your language learning journey between A2 Key and B2 First.

Watch: Cambridge B1 Preliminary

See a sample Cambridge Preliminary test

Who is it for?

The exam demonstrates that students can:

  • read simple textbooks and articles in English
  • write letters and emails on everyday subjects
  • take meeting notes
  • show awareness of opinions and mood in spoken and written English

What is the Preliminary exam?

The test has four sections and lasts about 2 hours and 20 minutes.

CEFR Scale Score: 140-159 (CEFR is the Common European Framework Reference.) Find out more about the CEFR here.

  1. Reading – 6 Parts 45 minutes
  2. Writing – 2 Parts 45 minutes
  3. Listening – 4 Parts 30 minutes
  4. Speaking – 4 Parts 12-17 minutes

There are two versions of the Preliminary exam:

  1. Preliminary
  2. Preliminary for Schools

Both versions have the same type of questions. The Preliminary for schools test has a content of interest to school-age learners.

What materials do I need?

One World Learning will provide you with PDF versions of all the learning materials as well as audio/video extracts and practice tests. OWL use Complete Preliminary for Schools which is the official preparation for the Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools exam. We supplement the coursebook with a variety of material from various sources. Students will be given copies of materials.

Can I take the test online?

You can take a computer-based version of the test, which is exactly the same as the paper-based version, but you will still need to be under exam conditions and invigilated. Contact One World Learning or your agent for information on your local test center and fees.

How much does it cost to take the exam?

Fees are set by test centres and vary from country to country. Expect to pay around £160 GBP, €210 Euros or $230 USD.