A2 Key For Schools


An A2 Key for School certificate has no expiration date. However, some institutions have their own language requirements or policies on how recent they require exam results to be. They may ask you for evidence that you have maintained or improved your level of English since you took your exam. Speak to the institution you are applying to and confirm their individual requirements.
A2 Key is a truly international certificate, recognised around the world for business and study purposes. Thousands of employers, universities and government departments officially recognise KET as a basic qualification in English.

Who is the A2 Key for School exam for and why should I take it?

The A2 Key for School exam is suitable for:

What is the format of the exam?



You will need to be able to understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. You will also have to fill gaps in simple sentences and write a short piece of around 25 words.


You need to show your ability to understand announcements and other spoken material when spoken reasonably slowly.


You will need to demonstrate you can take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. Speaking tests are normally held with two candidates.


The grade is based on the total score of all 3 papers.

Certificates are awarded to candidates who score 100 and above and are despatched approximately 10 days after the results release window has ended.

Two Fail grades:

  • Council of Europe Level B2 (160 and 179)
  • Not Reported (159 and below).
  • There is no minimum pass mark for individual papers.

There are three Pass grades:

  • Pass with Distinction (score between 140 and 150)
  • Pass with Merit (score between 133 and 139)
  • Pass (score between 120 and 132)
  • Reading and Writing carries 50% of the total marks for A2 Key, while Listening and Speaking each carry 25% of the marks.
  • Candidates can access their results through the University of Cambridge results website
  • For paper-based exams, these will be available after 4 to 6 weeks
  • For computer-based exams, they will be available after 2 to 3 weeks
  • From 2016, results will be reported on the new Cambridge English Scale (replacing the candidate profile and standardised scores).
  • You will receive a separate score for each of the three skills (reading and writing, listening and speaking)
  • These scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam

There are three Pass grades:

  • Pass with Distinction (score between 140 and 150)
  • Pass with Merit (score between 133 and 139)
  • Pass (score between 120 and 132)

A2 Key For Schools

A2 Key for Schools is the next step in a learner’s language journey after our qualifications for young learners. It’s also a good place for older students to start learning English too. Learners can start having conversations with English speakers which builds their confidence, step by step.

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