A2 Key for Schools


You will receive a separate score for each of the three papers (Reading and Writing, Listening, and Speaking), giving you a clear understanding of your performance. These three 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.

For more information about the Cambridge English Scale, download our factsheet

When will I get my A2 Key for Schools Statement of Results?

All candidates receive a Statement of Results, and if you are successful in the exam you will also receive a certificate.

Your Statement of Results is released online, approximately four to six weeks after the exam for paper-based exams, and two to three weeks after the exam for computer-based exams. The fastest way to get your results is to sign up to our free online results service.

When will I get my A2 Key for Schools certificate?

We send your certificate to your exam centre about three weeks after results are available. Your exam centre then sends it on to you.

  • If you took a paper-based exam, your certificate will be sent to your centre seven to nine weeks after the date of your exam.
  • If you took a computer-based exam, your certificate will be sent to your centre five to six weeks after your exam date.

A2 Key for Schools Scale Scores

Depending on which university, college or organisation you are applying to, you may be asked to achieve a specific score or grade, either overall or for a particular skill. For A2 Key for Schools, the following scores will be used to report results:

Cambridge English Scale Score


CEFR Level


Pass with Distinction



Pass with Merit






Level A1


The exam is targeted at Level A2 of the CEFR. The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level above A2 (Level B1) and the level below (Level A1).

Scores between 100 and 119 are also reported on your Statement of Results, but you will not receive a Key English Test certificate.

The relationship between the CEFR levels, the Cambridge English Scale and the grades awarded in A2 Key for Schools is illustrated below:

Diagram of where A2 Key for Schools is aligned on the CEFR and the Cambridge English Scale

Your Statement of Results contains the following information:

  • score on the Cambridge English Scale for each of the three exam papers (Reading and Writing, Listening and Speaking)
  • score on the Cambridge English Scale for the overall exam
  • grade (Pass, Pass with Merit, Pass with Distinction, Level A1) for the overall exam
  • CEFR level for the overall exam.

Find out how to understand your Statement of Results (for exams taken in February 2016 and after)

Download a sample Statement of Results for A2 Key for Schools