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A2 Key

The A2 Key examination is an elementary-level exam that tests your ability to deal with basic written and spoken communications in simple situations.

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An A2 certificate demonstrates that the learner can:

  • Understand and use basic phrases and expressions
  • Understand basic written English
  • Communicate with English speakers at a basic level

Exam Components

A2 Key has three components – Reading and Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Each component contributes to a profile which defines the candidate's overall communicative language ability at this level.

Paper 1: Reading and Writing

60 minutes

Candidates are expected to understand a number of short texts, including signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines and produce simple written English including a short story.

Paper 2: Listening

Approximately 30 minutes

Candidates are expected to understand a number of recorded spoken texts at a reasonably slow pace to identify specific information as well as the meaning of the texts.

Paper 3: Speaking

8-10 minutes

Candidates are expected to show their ability to take part in different types of interaction with the speaking examiner and their speaking partner(s) including comparing, describing and expressing opinions.

Date of Written Exam

28 May 2023

Speaking Test Window

20 May 2023 to 29 May 2023
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