B1 Preliminary Exam

The PET is a qualification at a solid elementary level.

The PET certificate documents competence in the English language in both speaking and writing. PET is recognized by many companies (including Siemens AG) and educational institutions as proof of solid English language skills at the elementary level (B1 GER). By passing the B1 Preliminary exam, you confirm your ability to understand facts, simple texts, and articles in English.

Cambridge Institute Munich offers the B1 Preliminary exam in both computer-based (CB) and paper-based (PB) formats. The two formats only differ in how the exams are taken, while the content and difficulty level of the tasks are identical.


Exam Details


Cambridge Institut Munich, possibly an external location in Munich city center


Multiple times per year. Written and Speaking on the same day. Except for high number of registrations, speaking possibly on the day before.


Minimum of 3 persons Maximum size depends on the exam format and capacity


170 € After the registration deadline: plus €55 late fee; Acceptance subject to availability



Cambridge English Certificate B1 Preliminary (PET)


20.03.24 - 20.03.24
(CB) Reg. until 06.03, results from TBA
13.06.24 - 13.06.24
(CB) Reg. until 28.05, results from TBA
05.12.24 - 05.12.24
(CB) Reg. until 21.11, results from TBA
PB = paper-based. Exam is taken on paper. CB = computer-based. Exam is taken on computer at the test center. Both formats are equally valid.Book Now

Exam Preparation

Exam Format

The B1 Preliminary exam format consists of the following sections:

  • Reading & Writing (90 minutes)
  • Listening (approximately 40 minutes)
  • Speaking (12 minutes)

Preparation Course

The Cambridge Institute Munich offers English intensive courses designed to enhance existing English skills to achieve the required language level for the B1 Preliminary exam.

Self-Study Materials

For independent preparation, various workbooks with solutions and audio content are available. These learning materials can be found in most bookstores and online.

Sample Tests

Free sample tests are available for preparation:

1) Sample Test for B1 Preliminary paper-based

2) Sample Test and Tutorial for B1 Preliminary (computer-based). For better understanding, it is recommended to start with the tutorial.

Answer Keys:

Sample responses and examiner comments for the Writing Test can be found in the B1 Preliminary Handbook.

For more information for candidates about the B1 Preliminary exam and the certificate, please click here.