Study English level B2

Level descriptors & Study targets (CEFR B2).


English level B2 • CEFR

At the end of English level B2, you can:
  • understand the main ideas of complex text on a variety of topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation.
  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

B2 study targets

Our English level B2 (Upper Intermediate) study targets express the most relevant components for an B2 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 experiences
  • Expressing opinions
  • Expressing agreement and disagreement
  • Giving advice with advantages and disadvantages
  • Making suggestions
  • Expressing feelings and emotions
  • Reporting events
  • Speculating about events in past, present, future
  • Adding emphasis
  • Describing hopes and regrets

English vocabulary


  • Work and education
  • Lifestyles
  • Money
  • Crime and punishment
  • Technology
  • Media and communication
  • Global issues
  • Multi-word verbs
  • Reporting verbs
  • Linking expressions

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.