The Key English Test is a pre-intermediate level examination and corresponds to level 2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The exam is made up of three papers: Reading and Writing, Speaking and Listening. There are three passing grades: 'Pass with Distinction', 'Pass with Merit', 'Pass' and one failing grade: 'Level A1'. Students can take either a computer-based or a paper-based exam. It's typically taken by students aged between 11 and 14 and can be achieved after around 180 – 200 hours of study. The language used in the tests comes from real-life situations. Why not try our free practice tests below.