Vocabulary for the Preliminary English Test

Welcome to our new '4 steps' vocabulary area for the Cambridge Preliminary English Test (PET). Each week we'll add a new vocabulary lesson to help you face the exam with confidence.

Describing People

Physical Appearance
Hair and Hairstyles

Other topics

Clothes & Clothing
Shops & Shopping



Shopping vocabulary


Why '4 Steps'?

Find out how to get the most from our vocabulary exercises using our 4 Steps' approach.

The difficulty of learning new vocabulary is using new words and expressions in sentences or statements of your own. Here is how our 4 steps approach is designed to help you:

Step 1: The easy bit! Choose the correct word from a list.

Step 2: Then remember the word in order to complete a sentence.

Step 3: Practise the new word or expression in sentences of your own.

Step 4: Finally, use our 'Study Tip', Writing or Speaking Practice at the bottom of each page to help you use the vocabulary in your PET preparation. (See below)


Study Tip, Writing and Speaking Practice

At the bottom of every Vocabulary page you'll find a box like this. Grey boxes are 'Study Tips' which will suggest ways you can help yourself remember the vocabulary. Yellow boxes give you the chance to practise the new vocabulary in a typical Preliminary English Test Writing task. Green boxes offer you the chance to practise for the Speaking Paper. Try to find time to do these activities as they will give you valuable preparation for the exam AND help you develop your English.

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