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Preliminary Level

Anglia’s step by step approach to testing encourages and motivates students to make clear and effective progress!

When you take a Preliminary level exam you show us that you now know even more words, for example you know two words for some things and you know words and their opposites.

You can also show that your grammar is expanding and with your words and grammar you can read in English, answer comprehension questions from reading and listening, write whole sentences and answer real questions about yourself.

With this certificate you show everyone that your English is really taking off and that you are ready to move up and away from the younger learner levels and into the intermediate levels of English.


Overview of Tasks: 

Reading & Writing:



Section R1 (10 marks)

Reading comprehension

One text approx. 110 words



Section R2 (10 marks)

Reading comprehension

One text approx. 110 words

Four-option multiple choice

Five questions

Section R3 (10 Marks)

Use of English: general grammar
Four-option multiple choice
Ten questions

Section R4 (10 marks)

Vocabulary recognition

Matching opposites

Ten questions

Section R5 (10 marks)

Use of English: tenses

Fill the gaps

Ten questions

Section W1 (5 marks)

Use of English: plurals
Fill the gaps
Five questions

Section W2 (10 marks)

Writing: forming questions
Complete the question
Five questions

Section W3 (10 marks)

Writing: answering questions
Write personal answers
Five questions

Section W4 (10 marks)

Writing: familiar topics
Write sentences
Five questions

Section W5 (5 marks)

Writing: forming sentences
Picture prompt
Complete the sentences 
Five questions

Section W6 (10 marks)

Form filling
Seven questions





Section L1 (10 marks)

Listening for information
Five dialogues
Four-option multiple choice
Five questions

Section L2 (20 marks)

Listening for words on context
Fill in the gaps (words not provided)
Ten questions

Section L3 (20 marks)

Listening for meaning
True/False/write an answer
Five questions




Section S1 (2 - 3 minutes)
(Task 1)

Warm Up

Section S2 (3 - 4 minutes)
(Task 2)

Narrative and sequencing
Past simple 
Tell a story - picture prompts

Section S3 (3 - 4 minutes)
(Task 3)

Giving information
Information gap 
Spot the difference - picture prompts

Optional extension

Rhyme, chant or poem


Syllabus and Specifications:


Performance Indicators

The student:

  • has a basic active vocabulary of about 400 words.

  • can communicate present and past events, recently completed actions and life experiences.

  • can communicate where things are and when things happen.

  • can express opposites, comparisons and ownership.

  • can ask questions, answer questions, and write full sentences.


Grammar and Structures List 

Grammar and Structures

What are they used for?

Some examples


Past Simple
including common irregular past forms as well as regular forms,
interrogative and negative

Talking about past events

We watched a football match on TV last night.
drove to the hotel.
Did John drink all the orange juice?

Present Perfect Simple
interrogative and negative

Talking about actions only recently completed
Talking about experiences

The man has justeaten the sandwich.
Have you ever beento London?
have never seen a dolphin.

Can + bare infinitive

Talking about skills.

can play the guitar.


Following single-step instructions in a familiar context

Take a piece of paper.
Stand near the door.


Basic adjectives

For descriptive purposes, including expressing opposites

My father bought anew car yesterday.

Comparatives and superlatives

Talking about comparisons between people and things

John isn't as tall asJane.
Sue is the tallest/ the most beautifulgirl in our class.
My rabbit is older than/more beautiful than my friend's rabbit.


The possessive form

Expressing ownership

That sandwich isJane's.

Mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs

Talking about ownership, possessions, who things belong to

My bicycle is newer than yours.
That book is mine.


much, many, a lot, a lot of

Talking about amounts of things which can and cannot be counted

How much money have you got? I've got a lot of it!
It rains a lot in England.
How many brothers has she got?

some, any

Talking about things which can and cannot be counted, in the positive and negative

There is somebread.
There isn't anybutter.


by, with, next to

Talking about where things are

The children are standing next to the clock.


ever, never, ago, yet, just

Talking about when things happen

I went to Paris six years ago.

Grade Boundaries:


Grades are calculated by weighting the Listening % by 0.2 and the Written % by 0.8 - adding the results together and then using the information above. 


Relevant Documents


Sample Papers

Further Practice

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