What is CEFR ?

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) test

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The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. It describes language ability on a six-point scale, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for those who have mastered a language.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF or CEFR) was put together by the Council of Europe as a way of standardising the levels of language exams in different regions. It is very widely used internationally and all important exams are mapped to the CEFR.

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There are six levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. These are described in the table below.

CEFR Levels Description

  • Can understand and use

    familiar (=things you know well)

    , concrete everyday expressions and very basic phrases.
  • Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  • Can

    interact (=communicate)

    in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
  • Main grammar points to know: common adjectives & adverbs of frequency, going to, how much/how many, imperatives, I’d like, ‘s – possessive, common prepositions of place and time, present simple & continuous, there is/are

  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).

  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks and exchange information on familiar and routine matters.

  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

  • Main grammar points to know: countable/uncountable nouns, adverbs of frequency, future will/going to, much/many, present perfect, past simple, past continuous, common phrasal verbs, common modals: can/should

  • Can understand the main points of clear standard

    input (=language you hear or read)

    on familiar matters regularly

    encountered (=met)

    in work, school, leisure, etc.

  • Can deal with most situations while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

  • Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of interest.

  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

  • Main grammar points to know: question tags, intensifiers: too/enough, future tenses, past tenses, modals, conditionals, wh-questions in the past

  • 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 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 (=opinion)

    on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

  • Main grammar points to know: perfect tenses, mixed conditionals, modals in the present, phrasal verbs, reported speech, wish, relative clauses

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts.

  • Can express ideas 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 controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and

    cohesive devices (=words that connect ideas between sentences)


  • Main grammar points to know: inversion, mixed conditionals, modals in the past, all passive forms, phrasal verbs (all patterns), wish/if only for regrets

  • Can understand with

    ease (=easily) virtually (=almost)

    everything heard or read.

  • Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing

    arguments (=reasons that show that something is correct)


    accounts (=description)

    in a

    coherent (=making sense)


  • Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer

    shades of meaning (=different meanings)

    even in the most complex situations.


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Our CEFR Level Test is one of the only level tests in the world that allows your speaking and writing submissions to be reviewed by a certified teachers.

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After taking the CEFR Level Test, you will be able to see detailed performance data and time management data. Use these insights to identify where your weaknesses are for each skill: Reading, Listening Speaking, and Writing.

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After completing your CEFR Level Test, you will receive a full report about your performance. You will also receive a personalized certificate showcasing your CEFR Level (A1, A1+, A2-…B2, B2+, C1) for each of the four skills - Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing - as well as your Overall CEFR Level, in PDF format.


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