KET Listening

Improve your KET listening

You’re on your way to getting your first Cambridge English certification. You’ve learned a lot of vocabulary and grammar, but now you think you’ve hit an impossible obstacle: the KET listening test. You ask yourself, ‘Why do I have trouble understanding English?’

The truth is that native speakers speak quickly, use contractions, join words, and use idioms and local expressions, among many other reasons that make it difficult to understand the language. Improving your KET listening skills will be a task that requires time and dedication, but if you have the right methodology and tools, you’ll definitely move closer to the goal of getting your Cambridge certificate.

In ABA English, the digital English academy, we offer you a unique and fun method with which you’ll manage to perfect not only your listening comprehension but all the linguistic skills needed to dominate the English language like a genuine English speaker.

What does KET listening consist of?

The Cambridge KET evaluates your ability to understand simple sentences, corresponding to the A2 level of the CEFR.

It’s composed of 5 parts, where you’ll listen to different audios (2 times each). 


  • KET Listening Part 1: Listen to 5 dialogues with their respective questions. Answer by choosing a picture (from 3 options). 
  • KET Listening Part 2: Answer multiple-choice questions based on a monologue.
  • KET Listening Part 3: Listen to a dialogue and answer 5 questions (with 3 options each).
  • KET Listening Part 4: Listen to 5 audios. Extract the main idea or theme for each one.
  • KET Listening Part 5: Listen to 5 dialogues and match the answers.
KET Listening

Tips for improving your KET listening

1. Listen to English continually

Use tools like podcasts, videos, movies, songs, news channels in English, and so on. This will help you familiarize yourself with the sounds of the English language and learn new words.

2. Practice with friends or participate in conversation clubs

Interacting with others is an ideal way to perfect your listening skills and improve your speaking.

3. Use online readers

Known as text readers, these tools allow you to listen to texts in different voices. You can select the voice of a British woman or an Australian man, for example.

4. Do exercises

On the internet, you’ll find many listening exercises, which will help you get KET listening practice and will also help you determine your weak points.

5. Learn vocabulary

Learn words by category (sports, animals, food, etc.). Use flashcards or picture dictionaries to memorize words in an associative manner.

6. Use online translators

Most translators have an audio option so that you can hear the correct pronunciation of the words.

7. Learn how to pronounce letters and numbers well

Some of the dialogues included in the test may contain telephone numbers, addresses, or people’s names. Look for online exercises to perfect this skill.

What are you waiting for? Improve your listening right now and get your certification

FAQs about KET listening

How long does the test last?

You’re given 30 minutes.

How many questions do I have to answer?

There are 25 questions total, divided into 5 parts.

If I don’t pass the listening test, will I fail the exam?

No. The sum of the scores of all the skills will be used. However, be prepared in order to get the best score in each skill.

Is the English in the audios very fast?

The English used in the dialogues and monologues on the test is clear and slower than conventional English.

Will I hear different accents?

Yes, you’ll probably hear different accents such as British, American, Irish, and Australian.

What happens if I misspell a word?

Making spelling mistakes is fine, except if the question is a dictation or if you make mistakes with words that are commonly used, such as January, Sunday, etc.nced settings.

Why prepare your KET listening with ABA English

Through our Smart Learning® method, we offer you a unique and fun learning experience that will help you improve your KET listening skills every day.

What sets our method apart from the rest?

Practice opportunities

Through the Speaking Sessions, you’ll practice your listening and speaking with students from other countries, special guests, and native teachers. This is an excellent opportunity to hear multiple accents and learn about different cultures.

Varied content

Learn through different lessons every day, with diverse and fun content (business, music, culture, sports, literature, etc.) in multiple formats such as blogs, podcasts, videos, audios, exercises, and much more.

Daily Plan

When you access the platform for the first time, you’ll select the topics that you like most. That’s how easily you can configure your Daily Plan. Every day, you’ll receive a notification so that you don’t forget to study your microlesson, that is, a short lesson that you can review whenever you want, from your mobile, tablet, or computer.

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Short films with native actors, which will help you perfect your vocabulary, improve your pronunciation, and get used to the different sounds in English. After each film, you’ll be able to practice your English by using these dialogues in practical grammar and speaking exercises.

Be in control of what you learn

Through the ABA English platform, you’re in control of your lessons and quizzes.

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Are you ready to prepare for your KET listening?

You’ve already realized that getting KET listening practice and preparing for the exam aren’t impossible tasks. It’s about having the best resources with the best methodology, and, above all, it’s about enjoying what you do so that you can achieve your goal of getting your Cambridge certification.

With experience in more than 170 countries and more than 30 million students, at ABA English, we want to give you the opportunity to experience English in an enjoyable and effective manner. We follow the guidelines from Cambridge and the CEFR, strengthening each linguistic ability so that you can prepare yourself comprehensively.

Study in a different way and prepare with the best.

KET Listening
KET Listening
KET Listening