English levels & hours

What are the English levels of proficiency?

A breakdown of English levels and hours of study helps language learners to set study targets and improve their skills. Learning any language requires a lot of time and practice. It is not motivating to study materials that are too easy. Also, it is a problem when study tasks are too difficult. If you know your level, it is easier to set realistic targets and to continuously develop. Then you can study to improve your English skills and we recommend that you practise with a local teacher.

To understand the English levels, here is a comparison of the CEFR with the classic descriptions (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced). The diagram also shows the total number of hours required to complete each level. If you know how long it takes to complete each level, it is also easier to set targets to reach the next stage.

English levels hours A1-A2English levels hours B1-B2English levels hours C1-C2

We focus on six levels of proficiency for English language ability (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). This breakdown is internationally recognised and comes from the Common European Framework of Reference for languages. The CEFR levels are commonly used for assessment and course design in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and more. (English levels are sometimes referred to as Beginner A1, Elementary A2, Pre-Intermediate B1, Intermediate B1+, Upper Intermediate B2, Advanced C1 and Proficiency C2). 

We provide a detailed description for each of the English levels of proficiency from A1-C2. We also give our Top Ten targets for English Communication skills, English Vocabulary and English Grammar at each level.

Do you know your English level?

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NO Click here to take our English level test.

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What English exams are available?

There are a number of examinations available to test your English level of proficiency. Official English exams can be advantageous for work and study. The internationally recognised proficiency tests usually cover all language skills and can be a great addition to your resume.

To find out more information, and the decide the best exam for you please visit English examinations.