Study English level A2

Level descriptors & Study targets (CEFR A2).


English level A2 • CEFR

At the end of English level A2, you can:
  • understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to common areas (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information.
  • describe in simple terms aspects of your background and immediate matters.

A2 study targets

Our English level A2 (Elementary / Pre-Intermediate) study targets express the most relevant components for an A2 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


  • Describing habits and daily routines
  • Expressing ability and inability
  • Describing past experiences
  • Asking for and giving directions
  • Describing personality and feelings
  • Making comparisons
  • Describing jobs
  • Describing places
  • Making requests (e.g. at a restaurant)
  • Expressing future plans

English vocabulary


  • Personality and feelings
  • Food and drinks
  • Education
  • Jobs
  • Weather
  • Family and friends
  • Daily routines
  • Free-time activities
  • Places in towns
  • Body and health
  • Transport and travel

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.