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Key English Test
Examination Report

December 2009

© UCLES 2010 EMC/6767/0Y04

Key English Test
Examination Report December 2009



Introduction Paper 1 - Reading and Writing Paper 2 - Listening Paper 3 - Speaking Feedback Form

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WEBSITE REFERENCE This report can be downloaded from the Cambridge ESOL website at: INTRODUCTION This report is intended to provide a general view of how candidates performed on each paper in the December 2009 session, and to offer guidance on the preparation of candidates.


The final mark a candidate receives in KET is an aggregate of the marks obtained in each of the three papers (Reading & Writing, Listening and Speaking). Reading & Writing carries 50% of the totalmarks and Listening and Speaking each carry 25% of the marks. There is no minimum pass mark for individual papers. The overall grades are set according to the following information:  Statistics on the candidature  Statistics on the overall candidate performance  Statistics on individual questions, for those parts of the examination where this is appropriate (Reading and Listening)  Advice, basedon the performance of candidates and recommendations of examiners, where this is relevant (Writing and Speaking)  Comparison with statistics from previous years’ examination performance and candidature. KET has two passing grades: Pass with Merit and Pass. Candidates who have not achieved a KET passing grade (Council of Europe Level A2), but have demonstrated ability at the Council of Europelevel below this are awarded Level A1. Candidates below Level A1 receive a Fail grade. Every candidate is provided with a Statement of Results, which includes a graphical display of the candidate’s performance in each skill, shown against the scale Exceptional – Good – Borderline – Weak. In addition, the Statement of Results includes a standardised score out of 100. This score allows candidates tosee exactly how they performed. It has set values for each grade, allowing comparison across sessions of the examination: Pass with Merit Pass Council of Europe Level A1 Fail 85-100 marks 70-84 marks 45-69 marks 0-44 marks

Special Consideration

Special Consideration can be given to candidates affected by adverse circumstances immediately before or during an examination. Examples ofacceptable reasons for giving Special Consideration include illness and bereavement. All applications for Special Consideration must be made through the local Centre as soon as possible after the examination affected.

Irregular Conduct

Cases of candidates who are suspected of copying, collusion or breaking the examination regulations in some other way will be considered by the Cambridge ESOLMalpractice Committee. Results may be withheld because further investigation is needed or because of infringement of the regulations.

©UCLES 2010


Notification of Results

Candidates’ Statements of Results are issued through their local Centre and are available online approximately five to six weeks after the examination has been taken. Certificates are issued about four weeksafter the issue of Statements of Results. Requests for a check on results may be made through the local Centre, within one month of the issue of Statements of Results. Cambridge ESOL produces the following documents which may be of use to teachers or institutions preparing candidates for KET:  Regulations (produced annually, for information on dates, etc.)  KET Handbook (for detailed informationon the examination and sample materials)  Examination Report (produced once a year)  Past Paper Pack (available approximately 10 weeks after the selected examination session, including question papers 1 and 2, CD and tapescript for Paper 2, answer keys, sample Speaking test materials, and Paper 1 mark schemes and sample scripts). Users of this Examination Report may find it useful to refer...
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