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Approximate level guide


Most language schools have 6 or 7 levels. These levels are approximately :

Beginner
I do not understand or speak English.
ElementaryI can understand a little and can speak a few words
Lower IntermediateI understand quite well. I can speak in familiar situations.
I can read simple English, but I find writing difficult.
IntermediateI speak well, but not fluently. I understand most spoken English.
I can read fairly well. I can write simple sentences, but make mistakes.
Upper IntermediateI understand almost all spoken and written everyday English.
I can speak confidently, even in unfamiliar situations and my writing is quite good.
AdvancedThere are occasional errors or misunderstandings.
Generally I communicate clearly and effectively in both spoken and written English.

Guide to levels Beginner Elem Post-Elem Pre-Inter Inter Post-Inter Adv
European Framework
A0 A1A2B1B2C1C2
CAMBRIDGE
KETPETFCECAECPE
CELS
PrelimInterHigher
BEC
PrelimInterAdvanced
TOEIC
0-5960-245246-380381-540541-700701-910910+
TOEFL
0-4445-9596-125126-175176-235236-275276+
IELTS
0-1.01.5-3.03.5-4.04.5-5.05.5-6.06.5-7.07.5-9.0
Pitman
BasicElemInterInter 1st ClassHigher InterAdvanced
Trinity
1-23-45-67-89-1011-12

 
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