Study English level A1

Level descriptors & Study targets (CEFR A1).


English level A1 • CEFR

At the end of English level A1, you can:
  • understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.
  • introduce yourself and others.
  • ask and answer questions about personal details (for example, where you live, people you know and things you have.
  • interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A1 study targets

Our English level A1 (Beginner / Elementary) study targets express the most relevant components for an A1 learner. These language points can be used to set “Can do” targets for self-study or to develop your study programme in an English course with a qualified trainer.

We also provide some free online English lessons, which include descriptions of each language point, examples and quizzes.

English communication


  • Exchanging greetings
  • Giving personal information
  • Using numbers, days, months, years
  • Asking for and telling the time
  • Describing people
  • Giving information about objects
  • Describing places
  • Describing habits and routines
  • Expressing likes and dislikes
  • Describing simple actions

English vocabulary


  • Days of the week and months
  • Numbers and prices
  • Countries and nationalities
  • Colours
  • Personal possessions
  • Parts of the body
  • Family and friends
  • Food and drinks
  • Household rooms and objects
  • Clothes

English grammar


Our English level descriptors are adapted from the international CEFR framework. This is set out by the Council of Europe (2001) Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment.


Other CEFR English levels

Check our overview of all CEFR English levels, or visit the study targets for each level.

English test candidate

Free online English test

Our free online test assesses your English level of proficiency.

Take one of the most detailed free English tests online with instant results that match the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR) which standardises assessment of languages.

You can order your English level of proficiency certificate after taking our free online English level test. The certificate gives a breakdown of your results and includes the CEFR descriptors for each English level.