Common European Framework of Reference Languages (CEFR) Levels

easy English experts uses the Common European Framework of Reference Languages (CEFR) to assess the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills of our clients. According to the CEFR, the learning levels break down as follows:

A1 (Elementary)

  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly.

A2 (Pre-Intermediate)

  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

B1 (Intermediate)

  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

B2 (Upper-Intermediate)

  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

C1 (Advanced)

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

C2 (Proficient)

  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.