Language levels

The result of two decades of research, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is, as its name suggests, a reference framework. It is designed to provide a clear, coherent and as comprehensive a basis as possible for the development of language teaching programmes, teaching and learning materials and the assessment of language skills.

Refer to the list below to get a clearer idea of your language level:

Level 1 (A0) beginner
You can speak and understand the language to a very limited extent, if at all.

Level 2 (A1) elementary
You can understand the language in basic everyday situations if your interlocutor speaks slowly and clearly. You can understand and use simple expressions. Improve your listening skills and vocabulary.

Level 3 (A2) pre-intermediate
You can communicate and make yourself understood with simple messages in certain everyday contexts. Develop your grammar, vocabulary and speaking skills.

Level 4 (B1) intermediate
You can speak the language comprehensibly, coherently and confidently on familiar everyday topics. Improve your grammar skills and expand your vocabulary.

Level 5 (B2) upper intermediate
You can use the language effectively and express yourself precisely. Develop your oral fluency by discussing, debating and expressing your opinion in greater depth. Refine your use of grammar and vocabulary.

Level 6 (C1) advanced
You can speak the language in a more complex, spontaneous way and on a variety of subjects. Extend your range of vocabulary and refine your style to become more fluent.

Level 7 (C2) native
You can use the language with ease and fluency when arguing complex subjects. Improve your understanding of the nuances of the language and engage in independent reading to perfect your vocabulary.

Language level tests

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