Study English level C2

Level descriptors & Study targets (CEFR C2).


English level C2 • CEFR

At the end of English level C2, you can:
  • understand virtually everything heard or read with ease.
  • summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
English level C2

C2 study targets

Our English level C2 (Proficient) study targets express the most relevant components for a C2 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


  • Express yourself fluently and precisely in any topic
  • Includes complex situations and the ability to communicate accurately in formal and informal settings

English vocabulary


  • Excellent range of vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions and colloquial language
  • Can use phrases and expressions accurately with natural and sophisticated control

English grammar


  • Can use a full range of grammatical structures accurately and appropriately
  • Can naturally use different linguistic forms to convey finer shades of meaning.

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.

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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.