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A2 Key for Schools

Key for Schools qualification shows that a student can use English to communicate in simple situations. It’s a logical next step after Young Learners and a good place for older children to start learning English too.

The exam gives students the confidence to go on to study for higher-level English exams, such as Preliminary for Schools.

Key for Schools is targeted at the same CEFR level as Key, but with content aimed at school-age learners rather than adults.

Exam Format

Key for Schools is made up of three papers developed to test your English skills: Reading and Writing (1 hour 10 minutes), Listening (30 minutes, including 8 minutes' transfer time), Speaking (8–10 minutes per pair of candidates).

Preparation

You can find many free resources to help you prepare for the exam. Download our free sample papers to prepare the reading, the listening and the writing part. All answers will be provided.

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Additional practice

Dates

There are many exam dates throughout the year offering both paper-based and computer-based Key for Schools.

Results

Key for Schools results are reported on the Cambridge English Scale.

You will receive a separate score for each skill, giving you a clear understanding of your performance. These scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. You will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.

Sample Key for Schools Statement of Results

Autres regions d’examen en Suisse

Bâle-Ville
Bâle-Ville, Riehen

Bâle-Campagne
Aesch, Liestal, Muttenz, Reinach

Fribourg
Fribourg

Genève
Genève, Chêne-Bougeries, Cologny, Petit-Lancy, Thônex, Veyrier

Jura
Jura, Delémont, Porrentruy

Lucerne
Lucerne, Affoltern am Albis, Nottwil/Sursee, Pfäffikon

Neuchâtel
Neuchâtel

Nidwald
Stans

Schwytz
Schwytz

Soleure
Soleure, Breitenbach

Valais
Brig, Visp, Sierre, Sion, St. Maurice, Monthey

Vaud Est
Aigle, Villars, St Maurice, La Tour de Peilz, Vevey, Montreux, Gstaad

Vaud Ouest
Lausanne, Payerne, Pully, Morges, Nyon, Renens, Yverdon-les-Bains

Zoug
Zoug