Ever wonder what you need to do to be able to pass the Cambridge PET exam? Don’t look any further. With these top fifteen tips, you will sail through your exam.
- Understand the layout of the Exam: Learn about the various parts of the exam and know what is expected of you in each part.
- Plan: Work out how you are going to study. Plan the month before the exam thinking about:
- What you need to study
- How much time you have
- What you can realistically fit in to that time
3. Speak with your teacher about which part of the exam you need to focus on: They will be able to guide you and keep you on the right track. PET is a general English exam so you don’t need language that is very specific or detailed.
4. Body and brain: Make sure to keep your brain active by taking good care of your body. Exercise and healthy food will have you in better shape the day of the exam. Listen to books or podcasts while you exercise and you will also be practicing your Listening skills.
The exam has three distinct parts. Let’s look at Part 1 – Reading and Writing.
PART 1 Reading (Q1-5):
5. Read the instructions!!!! Make sure you are giving the answers they are looking for. When answering, remember that the information to help you answer is in the text. Look and look again if you are not sure.
6. There are 5 tasks. Give yourself 50 minutes to work through all the five tasks.
PART 1 Writing (Q1-3):
7. Practice writing in English regularly with a reason and for someone.
8. Try to make sure that you use correct spelling and grammar, several types of grammar structures and tenses and reread and correct what you have written. When you have finished, ask yourself if you have answered the question.
9. Pick in Part 3 very carefully which question you want to answer. Make sure you choose the one you know more vocabulary for the topic.
10. There are 3 tasks. Give yourself 40 minutes to work through all the three tasks.
PART 2 Listening (Q1-4):
11. During the first listening, don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers. Use the second listening to confirm and be sure of what you are answering.
12. Remember that in parts 2, 3 and 4 the questions are in the same order as the recording.
13. Write clearly and make sure you copy your answers correctly.
PART 3 Speaking (Q1-4):
14. Remembers that there is no right or wrong answer or opinion. It’s the language and grammar that you use that is important. Don’t worry if you make mistakes. The examiners are expecting you to make some small mistakes.
15. Try to have a normal conversation and to react to what your partner is saying or to what the examiner is saying.
Last but not least, try to enjoy the experience.