The Preliminary English Test is the second level of the Cambridge ESOL exams.
This is a pre-intermediate exam, at level B1 of the European Reference Framework for Modern languages created by the Council of Europe. If you are able to cope with everyday oral and written communication situations (for example, reading simple textbooks and articles, writing simple personal letters, taking notes during a meeting), then this is your test.
Around 80,000 people in more than 80 countries take the PET exam every year and it is a valuable qualification if you want to work or study abroad or develop an international professional career. It is also a useful training for higher exams such as FCE (First Certificate in English), CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) and CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English).
The Bologna Plan
The Bologna Plan lays the foundations of the new European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in which it is mandatory to accredit a B1 level in a foreign language in order to obtain a university degree.
The certificates you have for the completion of courses will not serve as accreditation. Only the mastery test will do. First, you should consult the list of certificates that your university accepts for accreditation; You will see that among them there are always Cambridge ESOL certificates, as they are internationally recognized official certifications. The advantage of these certificates is that wherever you go, both in Spain and abroad, they will always recognize your level of English.
In addition, the official accreditation of level B1 and higher both in English and in the target language counts as an additional merit in the international mobility calls (Erasmus or university programs). You should also bear in mind that there are many destinations that establish language level requirements, often higher than B1. For this reason, it is important that you think about accrediting your English or the language of the destination that interests you long before requesting the mobility place. Remember that you can also take advantage of your stay abroad to improve your language skills and to get accreditation.