CEF Proficiency Levels

Proficient C2

I can understand almost everything I hear or read. I can express myself spontaneously and fluently on all topics, including abstract and complex ones. I am precise and accurate in grammar and have a very wide range of vocabulary.

Advanced C1

I can understand speakers from different backgrounds. with different accents. I can express myself fluently and effectively in most situations. I am generally quite accurate and have a wide range of vocabulary, although I sometimes do not know the exact expressions.

Upper-Intermediate B2

I can contribute to conversations and discussions with fluency on a reasonably wide range of topics. I can understand the main ideas of more complex texts. I can express myself fairly fluently and effectively on a range of topics without too much strain. However I still make mistakes, especially in longer sentences.

Intermediate B1

I can understand and interact in a variety of social situations on familiar topics, but sometimes find that my vocabulary range is not sufficient, and my ability to use more complex structures is limited. I need patience from more advanced speakers of English.

Elementary A2

I have basic vocabulary and, if people talk very slowly and clearly, I can participate in small talk on a very limited range of subjects about myself. I struggle with basic grammatical structures.

Beginner A1

I can only use and understand simple phrases to introduce myself. I know a few basic English words on familiar topics. I need other people to communicate my ideas.