English Language Levels Defined (CEFR Standard)

English Language Levels Defined
The six reference English levels are widely accepted as the global standard for grading an individual’s language proficiency.
CEFR or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is the popular and standard evaluation used to assess one’s English proficiency.


A. English Basic User (A1,A2)

(Level 1.) A1 (Beginner)
  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.
  • Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details.
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly.
(Level 2.) A2 (Elementary English)
  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions such as very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment.
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment, and matters in areas of immediate need.

B. English Independent User (B1,B2)

(Level 3.) B1 (Intermediate English) (IELTS Level 4)
  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
(Level 4.) B2 (Upper-Intermediate English) (IELTS Levels 5-6)
  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization.
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C. Proficient English User (C1,C2)

(Level 5.) C1 (Advanced English) (IELTS Level 7)
  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.
  • Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing a controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices.
(Level 6.) C2 (Proficiency English) (IELTS Levels 8-9)
  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.





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