Test Overview :
The CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is a standard framework recognising language learners’ abilities in reading, writing, speaking and listening at six reference levels, ranging from basic to advanced. Our CEFR English Level Assessment is a short series of questions designed to identify your current level and help you decide the best English course for you. Simply answer the 25 multiple-choice questions to find out your current level and course recommendations.
CEFR Common European Framework of Reference for Languages :
The CEFR is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It was Created by the Council of Europe to provide a standard framework recognising language learners’ abilities in reading, writing, speaking and listening at six reference levels. It is Used by many English-speaking countries, including the U.K., as a benchmark for minimum language level required for work or study visas. Businesses, professional registration bodies and educational institutions may also use the CEFR as part of the recruitment or selection process for employees, members or students.
The 6 levels are
A1,A2,B1,B2,C1 & C2
The A levels indicate a basic user level, B levels indicate independent user level, and C levels indicate proficient user level. Each level describes the abilities and limitations of language learners currently working at that level.
Each of our courses are given a CEFR level indicating the course’s suitability for learners of that level. The course content and activities are designed to reinforce current knowledge and skills while also developing those necessary to progress to the next level. For further information on the different CEFR levels, please refer to our website. The CEFR levels are described by the Council of Europe as follows:
At A1 level, learners can
- Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
- Introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have.
- Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
At A2 level, learners can
- Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to immediately relevant areas.
- Communicate in simple and routine tasks, requiring a simple exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
- Describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters of personal interest.
- Use basic sentence patterns with memorised phrases.
- Use simple structures correctly, but make systematic basic errors.
- Make themselves understood in short turns, despite long breaks or pauses.
- Respond to questions but is rarely able to keep conversation going by themselves.
- link ideas together in a simple way.
At B1 level, learners can
- Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters encountered at school, work or leisure.
- Deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling.
- Produce simple connected texts on familiar topics.
- Describe experiences and events, plans, hopes and ambitions.
- Briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
- Possess enough language to get by in everyday situations.
- Express themselves reasonably accurately.
- Initiate and deal with familiar everyday interactions.
- Link ideas into connected linear sequences.
At B2 level, learners can
- Understand the main ideas of a complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their own field of specialisation
- Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes interaction with native speakers possible without strain for either party
- Produce a clear detailed text on a wide range of subjects
- Explain a viewpoint giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options
- Give clear descriptions.
- Express viewpoints without conspicuous hesitation, sometimes using complex forms.
- Not make errors which cause misunderstanding and can correct most of their own errors.
- Speak reasonably fluently, with few noticeably long pauses.
- Initiate discourse, take turns.
- Help discussion, confirming comprehension, inviting contributions, etc.
- Use a limited number of cohesive devices to give their spoken and written contributions coherence.
At level C1, learners can
- Understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
- Express themselves fluently and spontaneously with much obvious searching for expressions.
- Use language flexibly, for social, academic and professional purposes.
- Produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts, on complex subjects.
- Showing controlled use of organisational patterns and Cohesive devices.
- Learners have a good command of a broad range of language allowing themselves to express themselves clearly and appropriately.
- The learner can consistently maintain a high level of grammatical accuracy.
- Interact skilfully by selecting a suitable phrase from a range of discourse in order to contribute appropriately.
At C2 level, the learner can
- Understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
- Summarise information from different spoken or written sources; reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent Presentation.
- Express themselves spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning, even in more complex Situations.
- Show great flexibility in differing linguistic forms.
- Learners have a good command of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.
- The learner can maintain constant grammatical control.
- Interact with ease and skill, with natural referencing, turn-taking, etc.
- Use a full variety of organisational patterns and cohesive devices.
A1: 0-3 answers correct (0-12%)
You are currently working at A1 level. We recommend you study the Beginner Course to develop your understanding of English grammar and punctuation and learn basic phrases for communicating information about yourself and others.
A2: 4-8 answers correct (16-32%)
You are currently working at A2 level. We recommend you study the Intermediate Course to develop your understanding of intermediate-level English grammar and punctuation and learn more complex vocabulary on a wider range of topics.
B1: 9-13 answers correct (36-52%)
You are currently working at B1 level. We recommend you study the Intermediate Course to develop your understanding of intermediate-level English grammar and punctuation and learn more complex vocabulary on a wider range of topics.
B2: 14-18 answers correct (56-72%)
You are currently working at B2 level. We recommend you study the Advanced Course to develop your understanding of advanced level English grammar and punctuation and more complex speech and written language topics.
C1: 19-22 answers correct (76-88%)
You are currently working at C1 level. We recommend you study the Advanced Business English Course to develop your spoken and written English for use in professional environments, as well improving your skills and confidence in using English in common business situations, such as presenting and contributing to meetings.
C2: 23-25 answers correct (92-100%)
Fluent level- courses non-applicable.
For more information about the CEFR and its reference levels, please see our FAQs.
The English Courses UK