International Language Levels

Language levels are regulated at international level, in Europe through the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). All inlingua materials and consequently all inlingua courses are based on the GER.

CEF GER Common European Framework of Reference

A1 – Beginner
Can understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very simple sentences aimed at satisfying specific needs. Can introduce yourself and others and ask other people questions about their person – eg. Where they live, what kind of people they know or what kind of things they have. Can communicate in a simple way if the speaking partner speaks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 Basic Knowledge
Can understand phrases and commonly used phrases related to areas of most immediate relevance (such as personal and family information, shopping, work, nearby environment). Can communicate in simple, routine situations that involve a simple and direct exchange of information about familiar things. Can easily describe background and education, the immediate environment and things related to immediate needs.

B1 Advanced language use
Can understand the main points when using clear standard language and when it comes to familiar things from work, school, leisure etc. Can handle most situations encountered in the language area while traveling. Can communicate easily and coherently on familiar topics and personal areas of interest. Can report on experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and goals and give brief reasons or explanations for plans and views.

B2 Independent use of language
Can understand the main content of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics; also understands technical discussions in their own area of expertise. Can communicate so spontaneously and fluently that a normal conversation with native speakers is easily possible on both sides without much effort. Can express opinion clearly and in detail on a wide range of topics, explain a point of view on a topical issue and state the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1 Specialist language knowledge
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and also understand implicit meanings. Can express opinion spontaneously and fluently, without having to search for words. Can use the language in social and professional life or in education and study effectively and flexibly. Can articulate clearly, structurally, and in detail on complex issues using appropriate means of textual linking.

C2 Nearly native knowledge and abilities
Can easily understand virtually everything read or heard. Can summarize information from a variety of written and oral sources, giving reasons and explanations in a coherent presentation. Can communicate spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, and make even finer nuances of meaning clearer in more complex situations where required

International language tests and classification in the Common European Framework of Reference

If you want to prepare for an official international English exam, you can use the following list and check in advance using the online placement test by inlingua whether your grammatical knowledge is sufficient:

A2

  • Cambridge English Key (KET)
  • PTE General Level 1 30-42
  • TOEIC Listening & Reading 225
  • TOEIC Speaking & Writing 160

B1

  • Cambridge English Preliminary (PET)
  • BEC Preliminary
  • IELTS 4-4,5
  • TOEFL iBT 57-86
  • TOEIC Listening & Reading 550
  • TOEIC Speaking & Writing 240
  • PTE General Level 2 43-58

B2

  • Cambridge English First (FCE)
  • BEC Vantage
  • IELTS 5-6,5
  • TOEFL iBT 87-109
  • TOEIC Listening & Reading 785
  • TOEIC Speaking & Writing 310
  • Michigan ECCE
  • PTE General Level 3 59-75
  • Trinity ISE II

C1

  • Cambridge English Advanced
  • BEC Higher
  • IELTS 7-8
  • TOEFL iBT 110-120
  • TOEIC Listening & Reading 945
  • TOEIC Speaking & Writing 360
  • PTE General Level 4 76-84

C2

  • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)
  • IELTS 8,5-9
  • Michigan ECPE
  • PTE General Level 5 85+
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