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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.