PET Reading Part 1: Test C

Part 1 tests your understanding of various kinds of short texts: authentic notices and signs, packaging information (for example, instructions on a food package), and communicative messages (notes, emails, cards and postcards). Accompanying the text is one multiple-choice question with three options.

When you attempt a question in this part:

  • you should first read the text carefully and think about the situation in which it would appear. A text is often accompanied by visual information as to its context, for example showing its location, and this may also help you to guess the purpose of the text.
  • After thinking about the general meaning in this way, you should read all three options and compare each one with the text before choosing their answer.
  • As a final check, you should reread both the text and their choice of answer, to decide whether the chosen option is really ‘what the text says’.

PET Reading Part 1: Test B

Part 1 tests your understanding of various kinds of short texts: authentic notices and signs, packaging information (for example, instructions on a food package), and communicative messages (notes, emails, cards and postcards). Accompanying the text is one multiple-choice question with three options.

When you attempt a question in this part:

  • you should first read the text carefully and think about the situation in which it would appear. A text is often accompanied by visual information as to its context, for example showing its location, and this may also help you to guess the purpose of the text.
  • After thinking about the general meaning in this way, you should read all three options and compare each one with the text before choosing their answer.
  • As a final check, you should reread both the text and their choice of answer, to decide whether the chosen option is really ‘what the text says’.

PET Reading Part 1: Test A

Part 1 tests your understanding of various kinds of short texts: authentic notices and signs, packaging information (for example, instructions on a food package), and communicative messages (notes, emails, cards and postcards). Accompanying the text is one multiple-choice question with three options.

When you attempt a question in this part:

  • you should first read the text carefully and think about the situation in which it would appear. A text is often accompanied by visual information as to its context, for example showing its location, and this may also help you to guess the purpose of the text.
  • After thinking about the general meaning in this way, you should read all three options and compare each one with the text before choosing their answer.
  • As a final check, you should reread both the text and their choice of answer, to decide whether the chosen option is really ‘what the text says’.

PET: Writing Part 2 (Set 2)

You are asked to produce a short communicative message of between 35 and 45 words in length. You are told who you are writing to and why, and must include three content points, which are laid out with bullets in the question. To gain top marks, all three points must be present in your answer, so it is important that you read the question carefully and plan what you will include. Your answer should relate to the context provided in the question. You are also assessed on the clarity of the message you produce; minor, non-impeding errors are not penalised.

Try the quiz below to practice this part of the exam.

PET: Writing Part 2 (Set 1)

You are asked to produce a short communicative message of between 35 and 45 words in length. You are told who you are writing to and why, and must include three content points, which are laid out with bullets in the question. To gain top marks, all three points must be present in your answer, so it is important that you read the question carefully and plan what you will include. Your answer should relate to the context provided in the question. You are also assessed on the clarity of the message you produce; minor, non-impeding errors are not penalised.

Try the quiz below to practice this part of the exam.

PET: Reading Part 5 (Set 2)

Before attempting to answer the 10 questions, you should read through the whole text to establish its topic and general meaning. After this, you should go back to the beginning of the text and consider the example. Then you should work through the 10 questions, trying to select the correct word to fit in each space. It may often be necessary to read a complete sentence before settling on their choice of answer. Once you have decided on an answer, you should check that the remaining options do not fit in the space. Having completed all 10 questions, you should read the whole text again with your answers, to check that it makes sense.

PET Part 4 (Procedure)

Format of this Part of the PET Test

Part 4 presents you with a text which goes beyond the provision of factual information, and expresses an opinion or attitude. There are five multiple-choice questions with fouroptions, A, B, C and D. In answering these questions, candidates will demonstrate whether they have understood the writer’s purpose, the writer’s attitude or opinion, or anopinion quoted by the writer, and both the detailed and global meaning of the text.

This part requires you to read the text very carefully. After a first fairly quick reading, to find out the topic and general meaning of the text, you should think about the writer’s purpose and the meaning of the text as a whole. Having established this, you should read the text once again, this time much more carefully. After this second reading of the text, you should deal with the questions one by one, checking their choice of answer each time with the text. It may be more practical for you to consider the first and last questions together, in that the first focuses on writer purpose and the last on global meaning. The other three questions follow the order of information given in the text and one of the three will focus on attitude or opinion.

Here is a quiz to test your understanding about the procedures for this part of the exam.