EFL - Cambridge Preliminary English Test Intermediate (PET)

Practical everyday use in English.

Cambridge English: Preliminary, also known as Preliminary English Test (PET) is an intermediate level qualification / CEFR level B1.

It shows you are able to use your English language skills for work, study and travel and for practical everyday use.

It is accepted by employers, educational institutions and government departments around the world as proof of ability to use English at an intermediate level. The following are just a few of the organisations that accept PET: AOC International Ltd, DHL, Bosch, Coca Cola, GlaxoSmithKline, Saab, University of Venice (Italy) , Geofund (Czech Republic), CERN (Switzerland), Gulf University (Bahrain).

For a full list of organisations, please see:

Course Content

There will be an initial diagnostic test in all three PET papers: reading/writing, speaking and listening in the first two weeks to assess your overall ability.

You will need to achieve 75% in all papers to be able to take the exam in the same term.

During the course, there will be in-class tests and mock exams to help you pass the exam successfully.

Your teacher will check your progress in speaking, reading and listening, on the course and give you advice on how to improve.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

You are a pre-intermediate user of English (ESOL Level E3) or overall band grade 4/5 in IELTS (English Language Testing System).

You are fairly confident in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English and can handle basic communication in your own field.

You can cope with overall meaning in most situations although you are likely to make many mistakes.

You are not yet able to use complex language.

You must attend an Advice and Guidance session to assess your level of English.

First Class Requirements

Pen & paper, folder or file. You will be expected to buy a course book, which will be approximately £25.

Attendance Requirements

You are expected to attend every class and complete the course.

Assessment Methods

There will be an initial diagnostic test in all three PET papers: reading/writing, speaking and listening in the first two weeks to assess your overall ability.

It is strongly recommended that you spend at least two terms at the same level before progressing up to the next level. Cambridge recommends each learner completes 120 guided learning hours before taking the examination in order to cover the course content.

Further Study Options

At the end of the course you can:
Attend a FCE Cambridge exam course or general upper Intermediate English course.
Attend an EFL writing exam course
Attend an EFL conversation and pronunciation course
Attend an EFL Business LCCI L1 course
We advise you to stay for 2 terms at the same level.

Additional Information

How much homework will I need to do outside of class?
Your teacher will set homework each week for you. It is important that you complete the homework? Students who do homework make better progress.

What will happen if I miss a class?
Please inform your teacher if you are unable to attend a class. Students are expected to attend at least 90% of their classes.

Are there any other costs involved? You will be asked to buy a course book.
The PET exam will cost approx. £80-90.
Your teacher will talk to you about this.

When will exams take place?
You can take the PET exam at college if you are a student on the PET course. Your teacher will advise you when they are.

Do I need any special equipment?
Please bring an English/English dictionary, a pen and a folder to keep your work in.

What books do I need?
Your teacher will tell you. What software do I need?
Your teacher will show you useful websites and you can use the computers in the Learning Centres.

Is there any tutorial support?
Your teacher will meet with you individually at least once a term to help you improve areas of weakness.
If you feel you need any further support, you can speak to your tutor. Does the class include a break?
Classes include a 10-15 minute comfort break. Is there a minimum age? Minimum age is 16. When are the classes held? Classes are held during term time only. You can find more information about this in the Terms dates section. How big are the classes? Class sizes are a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 19 (depending on classroom size).


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.