Your Language level.....

 

The European Framework? A2? Pre-intermediate?... what does it all mean?

The Common European Framework (CEFR) provides a way to determine you linguistic ability in any language. 

It's a guide to language levels regardless of whether you're learning German, Spanish, Italian or even English.
This way it's clear how good you are in a language, if you are taking a test.

 

Some things to remember:

1. A level (A2, B1 etc) is not a fixed point, but a range of ability.
So at the start of A1 (Elementary) you would be weak, but towards the end of the level, you will be much stronger.

2. Very generally it takes a student about 12 weeks full-time study (in the country) to complete one level

3. There are 6 CEFR levels:

C2

C1

B2

B1

A2

A1

4. All languages have 4 main disciplines: reading, writing, listening and speaking. You may be better at one than another. (For example, good at reading, bad at speaking.)

5. The CEFR is a "blunt instrument". It ignores these differences between abilities (reading, writing etc) or how good you are within a level, and gives you an overall mark.

6. Your local school (your language class) may give you a different level than an expert language school in the country. Be ready for that!

 

If you're not sure  what your level is, you need to take a test. You can take our English test here.
 

Do our English Test (here) to find out your level in English.

 

When you've an idea about your level, click on the photo below to check out what possibilities are available to you at that level.

 

European framework
Level
Description
C2 Proficient You're fluent, pretty much mother tongue. Extremely comfortable, you have complete control over the language.
C1 Advanced Comfortable in most situations, strong vocabulary, few errors.
B2 Upper-intermediate You're comfortable in most situations, still some good mistakes.
B1 Intermediate Now you can converse in many situations, with less serious errors.
A2 Pre-intermediate Limited vocabulary, but with some help you can participate in basic conversations. you still make a lot of big mistakes.
A1 Elementary You can ask a few basic questions and ideas, but with a lot of mistakes.
A0-A1 Beginner/False beginner You only know a few words of the language, if that.

 

 

 You and your language ability - what's possible?

 

Que where your level might lead