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Key English Test
Handbook for teachers

Level A2
Common European Framework of Reference
© UCLES 2009 | EMC/4605/9Y08

KET content and overview
Paper Name
Reading/Writing

Timing
1 hour 10 minutes

Content
Nine parts: Five parts (Parts 1–5) test a range of reading skills with a variety of texts, ranging from very short notices to longer continuous texts. Parts 6–9 concentrate ontesting basic writing skills. Five parts ranging from short exchanges to longer dialogues and monologues.

Test Focus
Assessment of candidates’ ability to understand the meaning of written English at word, phrase, sentence, paragraph and whole text level. Assessment of candidates’ ability to produce simple written English, ranging from one-word answers to short pieces of continuous text.

Paper1

Paper 2

Listening

30 minutes (including 8 minutes, transfer time) 8–10 minutes per pair of candidates

Assessment of candidates’ ability to understand dialogues and monologues in both informal and neutral settings on a range of everyday topics.

Paper 3

Speaking

Two parts: in Part 1, candidates interact with an examiner; in Part 2 they interact with another candidate.Assessment of candidates’ ability to answer and ask questions about themselves and about factual non-personal information.

Preface
This handbook is for anyone who is preparing candidates for the Cambridge ESOL Key English Test (KET). The introduction gives an overview of KET and its place within Cambridge ESOL. This is followed by a focus on each paper and includes content, advice on preparationand example papers. Further information on the examination will be issued in the form of: • regular update bulletins • an extensive programme of seminars and conference presentations. If you require additional CDs or further copies of this booklet, please email: ESOLinfo@CambridgeESOL.org

Contents
2 University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations 2 Key features of Cambridge ESOL examinationsINTRODUCTION TO CAMBRIDGE ESOL EXAMINATION CONTENT AND PROCESSING

2 2 2 3 3 4 5 5 5 6 6

What is KET? KET and KET for Schools Content of KET The level of KET Varieties of English Recognition Course materials Past papers and examination reports Online support Reading Writing

4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 6

Official accreditation in the UK The KET candidature What sort of test is KET? CertificationMarks and results Special circumstances Seminars for teachers Administrative information Further information Listening Speaking

KET SUPPORT

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF KET LANGUAGE SPECIFICATIONS

7 8 10 10 12 14

Inventory of functions, notions and communicative tasks Inventory of grammatical areas General description Structure and tasks Preparation Sample paper

9 9

Topics Lexis

20Answer keys 21 Sample scripts 22 Answer sheet

1
READING AND WRITING PAPER

23 23 24 26

General description Structure and tasks Preparation Sample paper

29 Sample tapescript 32 Answer keys 33 Answer sheet

2
LISTENING PAPER

34 34 35 35

General description Structure and tasks Preparation Assessment

36 Cambridge ESOL Common Scale for Speaking 37 Sample materials

3SPEAKING
1

K ET H A N DB O O K FO R T EA C H ER S | C O N T E N T S

Introduction to Cambridge ESOL
■ University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) is a part of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES), which has provided examinations in English for speakers of other languages since 1913. Cambridge ESOL offers anextensive range of examinations, certificates and diplomas for learners and teachers of English. Over 3 million people a year take these examinations at centres in over 130 countries. Cambridge ESOL’s systems and processes for designing, developing and delivering examinations and assessment services are certified as meeting the internationally recognised ISO9001:2000 standard for quality management....
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