|Cambridge Assessment English: A2 Key|
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|Real-life language skills|
|A2 Key is set at Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Preparing for A2 Key will give you the practical English skills to:|
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|Reading & Writing: 1 hour 10 minutes|
The A2 Key Reading & Writing paper has nine parts and different types of texts and questions. Parts 1-5 are about reading and Parts 6-9 are mainly about writing. Candidates are required to show that they can understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. This paper accounts for 50% of the total mark.
|Listening: about 30 minutes (+ 8 minutes transfer time)|
The A2 Key Listening paper has five parts. For each part candidates have to listen to a recorded text or texts and answer some questions. Each part of the recording is heard twice. Candidates are required to be able to understand announcements and other spoken material when people speak reasonably slowly. There are some regional British accents and occasionally Irish, American or Australian speakers and recordings are delivered clearly at slightly slower than natural speed. This paper accounts for 25% of the total mark.
|Speaking: 8-10 minutes per pair of candidates|
The A2 Key Speaking has two parts and will be conducted face-to-face with one or two other candidates. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable. There are two examiners. One examiner talks to you and the other examiner just listens. Both examiners decide your grade. The Speaking test accounts for 25% of the total mark.
For A2 Key, the following scores will be used to report results:|
The exam is targeted at Level B1 of the CEFR. The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level above (Level B1) and the level below (Level A1).
Scores between 100 and 119 are also reported for A2 Key. You will not receive a certificate, but your Cambridge English Scale score will be shown on your Statement of Results.
Please click on the image to the left of this text to find out the relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in A2 Key.
Exceptional candidates sometimes show ability beyond A2 level. If you achieve a Pass with Distinction in your exam, you will receive the Key certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at Level B1.
If you achieve a Pass with Merit or Pass in your exam, you will be awarded the A2 Key certificate at Level A2.
|Level A1 Certificate|
If your performance is below Level A2, but falls within Level A1, we will recognise your achievement with a Cambridge English certificate stating that you demonstrated ability at A1 level.
If you want a university, employer or other organisation to verify your result, you must provide them with the information on your Statement of Results and two additional pieces of information:
1.- Your ID Number (a sequence of nine letters and numbers).
2.- Your Secret Number (a four-digit number).
Both of these pieces of information can be found on your Confirmation of Entry, which you receive when you register for the exam.
They can then verify your result by logging in to www.cambridgeenglish.org/verifiers
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