A2 Key results are reported on the Cambridge English Scale.

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 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 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 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, the following scores will be used to report results:

Cambridge English Scale Score Grade CEFR Level
140–150 A B1
133–139 B A2
120–132 C A2
100–119 Level A1 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 the Key English Test certificate.

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

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

What is a Statement of Results?

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 (A, B, C, Level A1) for the overall exam
  • CEFR level for the overall exam.

Find out how to understand your Statement of Results

Download a sample Statement of Results for A2 Key for Schools

What is on my certificate?

Certificates are normally sent to exam centres within three months of the exam. Please contact your centre if you need to know the specific date. Your certificate can be awarded at different levels, depending on your achievement.

Note: A2 Key for Schools candidates receive the same Key English Test certificate as students who take A2 Key.

A2 Key for Schools – Level B1
If you achieve a scale score of 140–150 (Distinction) in your exam, you will receive the Key English Test certificate at Level B1.

A2 Key for Schools – Level A2
If you achieve a scale score of 120–139 (Pass, Pass with Merit) in your exam, you will receive the Key English Test certificate at Level A2.

Level A1 certificate
We believe it is important to recognise your achievement, even if you do not reach Level A2. If your exam 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 Level A1.

How long is my A2 Key for Schools certificate valid for?
Your Cambridge English certificate does not expire. Recognising organisations such as universities, colleges and employers can choose how long to accept results for, so make sure you always check their requirements.

Can I get my results online?

Yes, the fastest way for you to get your exam results is to sign up for our FREE online results service. Your exam centre will give you the information you need to register for this service.

Register with Cambridge English Results Online

How can institutions verify my results?

You can let employers, universities or other organisations check your results online.

Just send them your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number (printed on your Confirmation of Entry) and they can check your results quickly, easily and securely online at