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 to maximise the exam performance of school-age learners. The CD-ROM provides interactive grammar, vocabulary and exam skills tasks including listening and the Workbook provides further practice of language and vocabulary. The Audio CD contains the listening material for the Workbook. Student's Book Audio is available separately. Course users have exclusive access to a further practice test with audio via a URL in the Student's Book.