本書為針對劍橋少年中級國際英語認證準備教材，適合用於短期 (授課時數50-60小時) 之課程。
採主題式單元設計，共八個單元，每單元皆涵蓋聽、說、讀、寫、文法各小節。學生課本後有重點文法彙整、單字表及一份完整 PET for Schools 試題，隨書附贈 CD-ROM 內含互動式文法、字彙、聽力等額外練習題，提供考生更多練習機會。劍橋官網還有提供考題可免費下載。
Compact Preliminary for Schools is a focused, 50 - 60 hour course for Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools, also known as Preliminary English Test (PET). The Student's Book features eight topic based units with focused exam preparation to maximise the performance of school-age learners. Units are divided in the order of the exam with pages on Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. A Grammar reference covers key areas in the syllabus and unit based wordlists include target vocabulary with definitions. The Student's Book also features a revision section and full practice test. The accompanying CD-ROM provides interactive grammar, vocabulary and exam skills tasks including listening. Course users also have exclusive access to a further practice test with audio via a URL in the Student's Book.