A2 Key

A2 Key, formerly known as Cambridge English: Key (KET), is one of our Cambridge English Qualifications. This basic-level qualification is a great exam to take if you're new to learning English.

An A2 Key qualification is proof of your ability to use English to communicate in simple situations.

The exam tests all four English language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking.

It should give you the confidence to go on and study for higher-level exams such as B1 Preliminary and B2 First.

Key facts

CEFR level: A2 What's this?

Scale score: 120–139 What’s this?

Test format: Computer or paper-based

Exam length: About 2 hours

Exam updates 2020


To make sure our exams are up to date with the latest research in language learning and teaching, we update them regularly. A2 Key, A2 Key for Schools, B1 Preliminary and B1 Preliminary for Schools have undergone a thorough review to ensure that our exams continue to remain relevant to the needs of schools and learners.

The new exam formats will start being used from January 2020. The changes include:

  • new and updated tasks across all of the papers
  • better alignment between the exams, showing clearer progression from one exam to the next
  • an update to the way that grades are reported, bringing the exams in line with higher level Cambridge English Qualifications
  • the separation of the Reading and Writing papers in B1 Preliminary and B1 Preliminary for Schools.

You can find out more about the changes, including information on preparation materials, on our dedicated Key and Preliminary 2020 update website. You can also sign up to receive information and updates about the changes to the exams.

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An A2 Key certificate shows that you can:
  • understand and use basic phrases and expressions
  • understand simple written English
  • introduce yourself and answer basic questions about yourself
  • interact with English speakers at a basic level.
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Reasons to choose A2 Key:
  • Gain a valuable qualification that is accepted worldwide.
  • Improve your work, study and travel prospects.
  • Show that you have the basic language skills you need to communicate in English.