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Paper

Content Reading: 5 parts/35 questions Writing: 3 parts/7 questions

Marks (% of total)

Purpose

Reading and Writing (1 hour 30 minutes)

50%

Shows you can read and understand the main points from signs, newspapers and magazines, and can use vocabulary and structure correctly.

Listening (30 minutes, 4 parts/25 plus 6 minutes' questions transfer time) Speaking (10–12 minutes 4 parts per pair of candidates)

25%

You have to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials including announcements and discussions about everyday life. Shows how good your spoken English is as you take part in conversation by asking/answering questions and talking, for example, about your likes and dislikes. Your Speaking test will be conducted face to face with one or two other candidates and two examiners. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable.

25%

Reading and Writing Available as a paper-based test Available as a computer-based test Download a free pack of sample papers (zip file) What’s in the Reading and Writing paper? The Cambridge English: Preliminary Reading and Writing paper has five parts about reading and three parts about writing. Writing: 7 Marks: 50% of total Reading Parts 1–5 Reading Part 1 (Multiple choice) What’s in the Reading and Writing paper? The Cambridge English: Preliminary Reading and Writing paper has five parts about reading and three parts about writing. Writing: 7 50% of total . There are different types of texts and questions. Summary Time allowed: Number of parts: 1 hour 30 minutes Reading: 5. Writing: 3 Reading: 35. There are different types of texts and questions. Writing: 3 Number of questions: Reading: 35. Summary Time allowed: Number of parts: Number of questions: Marks: 1 hour 30 minutes Reading: 5.

postcards. What's in Part 1? emails. Reading Part 2 (Matching) What's in Part 2? What do I have to practise? How many questions are there? How many marks do I get? Five short descriptions of people and eight short texts to read. What do I have Reading notices and other short texts to understand the main message. . You have to read them and choose which of the three sentences (A. You have to match each person to a text. labels. Practise Reading Part 2 Now try Reading Part 2 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Reading and Writing paper. B or C) is the best description of the text. Reading eight short texts to find specific information. notes. 5 One mark for each correct answer. to practise? How many questions are 5 there? How many One mark for each correct answer.). etc.Reading Parts 1–5 Reading Part 1 (Multiple choice) Five very short texts (they may be signs and messages. marks do I get? Practise Reading Part 1 Now try Reading Part 1 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Reading and Writing paper.

You have to read the text and say if each sentence is true or false. B. . What do I have to Reading a text quickly to find out information.Reading Part 3 (True/False) What's in Part 3? A long text and ten sentences about the text. practise? How many questions 5 are there? How many marks do One mark for each correct answer. get? Practise Reading Part 3 Now try Reading Part 3 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Reading and Writing paper. You have to read the text and choose the right answer (A. What do I have to Reading to understand the detail of a text. I get? Practise Reading Part 4 Now try Reading Part 4 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Reading and Writing paper. practise? How many questions 10 are there? How many marks do I One mark for each correct answer. C or D) for each of the five questions. Reading Part 4 (Multiple choice) What's in Part 4? A long text and five questions.

C or D). B.Reading Part 5 (Multiple-choice cloze) A short text with ten numbered spaces. . What's in Part 5? What do I have to Understanding vocabulary and grammar. do I get? Practise Reading Part 5 Now try Reading Part 5 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Reading and Writing paper. practise? How many questions are 10 there? How many marks One mark for each correct answer. Each space represents a missing word and you have to choose the right answer from a choice of four (A.

'not warm enough' to practise? means the same as 'too cold'. email. How many questions are 5 there? How many One mark for each correct answer. Writing short messages.g. e. Writing Part 2 (Short communicative message) What's in Part 2? What do I have to practise? How many questions are there? How much do I have to write? How many marks do I get? The instructions tell you who to write to and what you should write (a postcard.Writing Parts 1–3 Writing Part 1 (Sentence transformations) Five questions which are all about the same theme. Practise Writing Part 2 Now try Writing Part 2 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Reading and Writing paper. note. . For each question there is What's in Part one complete sentence and a second sentence which has a missing word or 1? words. etc. You have to complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first sentence. 1 35–45 words This question has a total of 5 marks. What do I have How to say the same thing in different ways in English.). marks do I get? Practise Writing Part 1 Now try Writing Part 1 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Reading and Writing paper.

Writing letters and stories. Practise Writing Part 3 Now try Writing Part 3 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Reading and Writing paper. . 1 About 100 words This question has a total of 15 marks.Writing Part 3 (Continuous writing) What's in Part 3? What do I have to practise? How many questions are there? How much do I have to write? How many marks do I get? You have a choice of two questions: an informal letter or a story.

Listening to find key information. plus 6 minutes to copy answers onto the answer sheet 4 Number of questions: 25 Marks: 25% of total Parts 1–4 Part 1 (Multiple choice) What's in Part 1? What do I have to practise? How many questions are there? How many marks do I get? Seven short recordings. For each recording there is a question and three pictures (A. 7 One mark for each correct answer.Listening Available as a paper-based test Available as a computer-based test Download a free pack of sample papers (zip file) What’s in the Listening paper? The Cambridge English: Preliminary Listening paper has four parts. . You have to listen to the recordings and choose the right answers. You hear each recording twice. you have to listen to a recorded text or texts and answer some questions. For each part. Practise Part 1 Now try Part 1 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Listening paper. B or C). Summary Time allowed: Number of parts: About 30 minutes.

You have to listen to the recording and fill in the missing information. 6 How many marks One mark for each correct answer. do I get? Practise Part 3 Now try Part 3 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Listening paper. Six pieces of information are missing from the notes. .Part 2 (Multiple choice) A longer recording (one person speaking or an interview) and six questions. B or C) for each question. Part 3 (Gap-fill) A longer monologue (one person speaking) and a page of notes which summarise the What's in Part 3? text. Practise Part 2 Now try Part 2 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Listening paper. What do I have to practise? How many questions are there? Listening for information. What's in Part 2? What do I have to practise? How many questions are there? How many marks do I get? 6 One mark for each correct answer. Listening to find specific information and detailed meaning. You have to listen to the recording and choose the right answer (A.

How many questions 6 are there? How many marks do I One mark for each correct answer. You have to listen to the conversation and decide if each sentence is true or false. . get? Practise Part 4 Now try Part 4 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Listening paper. attitude and opinion. Listening for detailed meaning.Part 4 (True/False) What's in Part 4? What do I have to practise? A longer informal conversation and six sentences.

What do I have to Giving information about yourself. Summary Time allowed: 10–12 minutes per pair of candidates Number of parts: 4 Marks: 25% of total with the examiner You have to talk: with the other candidate on your own Parts 1–2 Part 1 (Interview) Conversation with the examiner.Speaking Face-to-face Speaking test Download a free pack of sample papers (zip file) What’s in the Speaking paper? The Cambridge English: Preliminary Speaking test has four parts and you take it together with another candidate. etc. One of the examiners talks to you and the other examiner listens. and future plans. The examiner asks questions and you give What's in Part 1? information about yourself. studies. . present job. talk about past experiences.. practise? How long do we have to speak? 2–3 minutes Practise Part 1 Now try Part 1 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Speaking paper. There are two examiners. where you live.

2–3 minutes Practise Part 2 Now try Part 2 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Speaking paper. Practise Part 3 Now try Part 3 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Speaking paper. discussing alternatives. negotiating agreement. 3 minutes in total.Part 2 (Discussion) What's in Part 2? What do I have to practise? How long do we have to speak? The examiner gives you some pictures and describes a situation to you. making recommendations. You have to talk to the other candidate and decide what would be best in the situation. Making and responding to suggestions. Describing photographs. Part 3 (Extended turn) What's in Part 3? What do I have to practise? How long do we have to speak? The examiner gives you a colour photograph and you have to talk about it. . 1 minute to talk about the photograph.

habits. etc. experiences. How long do we have to speak? 3 minutes Practise Part 4 Now try Part 4 from the sample Cambridge English: Preliminary Speaking paper.Part 4 (General conversation) What's in Part 4? Further discussion with the other candidate about the same topic as the task in Part 3. . What do I have to practise? Talking about your opinions. likes/dislikes.