Cambridge English

If you really like the English language

If you really like the English language and would like to attend lessons in which you will learn a bit more than what you are taught in the regular lessons Cambridge Preliminary lessons may be something right up your alley. There will be more focus on writing and speaking skills alongside the usual topics. Whether your choice of education is vmbo, havo or vwo, if you enjoy studying the English language in any which way you can participate in these lessons. The PET-classes start in the first year - so for all those children who have enrolled for either for vmbo 1, havo 1 or vwo 1.

Extra lessons

The lessons will take place once a week, next to the other classes you have to take. Mind you! Before you can enroll you will be asked to take a test to see if you have what it takes. If you do have what it takes you can enroll for these classes and if you have enrolled you are expected to complete the two-year course; ‘In for a penny, in for a pound’.

The goal is to achieve the CEFR level B1 (learn more about the CEFR at the end of this article).

The book that will be used in these classes is Compact Preliminary for SchoolsCheck out some sample pages.

Qualify yourself  

A Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools qualification shows that a student can:

  • read simple textbooks and articles in English
  • write letters and emails on everyday subjects
  • understand factual information
  • show awareness of opinions and mood in spoken and written English.

After the two-year course there will be the possibility to take the PET exams (Preliminary English Test). However this is not a requirement. The costs for these exams are for your parents.

Continue with First Cambridge English and Cambridge Advanced English

You can also choose to continue with Cambridge FCE (First Cambridge English), a one-year course, followed by the one-year course CAE (Cambridge Advanced English) and decide to take the CAE exams. Again the costs for these exams are for your parents.

With the completion of the CAE you can study abroad because the certificate of CAE is acknowledged in various countries.


About the CEFR

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. It is used around the world to describe learners’ language skills. Watch this short video to learn about the CEFR.