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We assess your level according to the "Common European Framework of Reference” (CEFR), which divides learners into six different levels, depending on their skills. These levels go from beginners (A1) to proficiency (C2). Below we list the equivalences to CEFR levels and to an IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or Cambridge Examinations score:-

  1. Beginners:  This is the lowest level in English. If you have never studied English before and need to start from scratch, this is your level. You probably know some basic English words and expressions, but you have never studied grammar and don’t have any pronunciation skills.  Equivalence: CEFR Level A1; IELTS score 1 – 2; TOEFL iBT score 12; TOEIC score 10 – 150
  2. Upper-Beginners: You can communicate in a very basic way. You can only use present and maybe past simple verb tenses. You can talk about your daily life and routine. Equivalence: CEFR Level A2; IELTS score 3.0; TOEFL iBT score 20; TOEIC score 150 – 300

  3. Intermediate: You understand general English and are fairly confident speaking. Your grammar and vocabulary skills are good enough for you to read and understand a wide number of subjects. You have some understanding of tone and style. You have already studied all the main verb tenses and feel confident making sentences, questions and clauses in all of them. Equivalence: CEFR level B1; IELTS score 4.5 - 5.5; TOEFL iBT score 55; TOEIC score 450 – 650; Cambridge PET
  4. Upper-Intermediate: You use English effectively, but it still is not perfect. You are almost fluent and your English is very accurate. You can deal with everyday situations in English. You can have long conversations and discussions. You have an extensive vocabulary and if you do not know a word you can find a way of describing it. Equivalence: CEFR level B2; IELTS score 5.5 - 6.5; TOEFL iBT score 80; TOEIC score 650 – 800; Cambridge FCE

  5. Advanced: This is the second highest possible level in English. At this level you can study on any degree or diploma-level course at an English-speaking university and you are able to work in an English-speaking environment. You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for words. You can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects. Equivalence: CEFR level C1; IELTS score 6.5 - 7.5; TOEFL iBT score 93; TOEIC score 800 – 900; Cambridge CAE
  6. Proficiency: This is the highest level recognised for foreign students. At this level you can study on any course up to and including Postgraduate level at an English-speaking university and you can work at an advanced level in an English-speaking environment. You can easily understand almost everything heard or read. You can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, as well as taking part in arguments and accounts in a coherent way. You can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely. Equivalence: CEFR level C2; IELTS score 7.5+; TOEFL iBT score 105; TOEIC score 900
     

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