posted on December 31, 2021

What’s my CEFR level?

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CEFR Level

From this page, you can find out what the CEFR Levels are and what they mean. You can also take the level tests below to see what your current CEFR English level is. There is a grammar test, a vocabulary test and a reading test.

The CEFR levels range from Level A1 (Beginner) to Level C2 (Proficient). Knowing where you are on the CEFR scale can really help you know what you need study and how to improve. To get a good result in an English test like IELTS, you will need a CEFR level of at least B2 (Intermediate), so you the resources on this page to see what your level is.

The Common European Framework for Language (CEFR) is an international standard to measure your language skills. It can be applied to many different languages, but on this site we focus only on English.
The CEFR has 6 different levels - A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.

  • The ‘A’ levels are for basic users - A1 is a beginner and A2 is elementary.
  • The ‘B’ levels are for independent users - B1 is intermediate and B2 is upper intermediate.
  • The ‘C’ levels are for proficient users - C1 is advanced, and C2 is proficiency.

You can take these tests to see your current CEFR levels:

TAKE THE CEFR GRAMMAR TEST

TAKE THE CEFR READING TEST

TAKE THE CEFR VOCABULARY TEST

What should I know to complete each CEFR level?

Here are the abilities you need to have in order to ‘complete’ a level (take a look at the individual pages for each level to see more detail).

CEFR Level A1:
You can:

  • understand and use basic expressions
  • introduce yourself and give / ask for personal details
  • talk about basic familiar topics

CEFR Level A2:
You can:

  • understand frequently used sentences in common situations like going shopping or work
  • give and understand simple instructions
  • talk about needs and wants

CEFR Level B1:
You can:

  • talk about and understand conversations about family, education, employment and leisure related topics
  • be able to communicate travel requirements
  • write simple paragraphs about areas of personal interest
  • describe and understand experiences, hopes, opinions and events in brief detail

CEFR Level B2:
You can:

  • understand the main ideas is a complex text or recording
  • have natural conversations with a native speaker
  • write a detailed text and a range of different subjects

CEFR Level C1:
You can:

  • understand complex texts or conversations
  • express complex ideas with little or no hesitation
  • express yourself in professional, social or formal situations
  • write formal and detailed texts on complex topics

CEFR Level C2:
You can:

  • understand what you hear or read in almost any situation
  • summarise information from different sources to create a clear presentation
  • be precise in meaning in complex situations

Ready to find out your CEFR level? Click a link below.

TAKE THE CEFR GRAMMAR TEST

TAKE THE CEFR READING TEST

TAKE THE CEFR VOCABULARY TEST


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