English levels

English levels

What are the English levels of proficiency?

There are different descriptions of English levels, but the most common are the:

  • classic English levels (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced);
  • CEFR English levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2).

Visit your English level for the different study targets. You can also follow links to free English lessons and to learn English online.

English level-A1English level-A2English level-B1English level-B2English level-C1English level-C2

We provide a detailed description for each of the English levels of proficiency from A1-C2, including:

  • Communication skills
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

Do you want to test your English level?

You can also try our English level test to check your English level of proficiency.

This will help you to set your personal targets to develop you English skills.

English levels and hours of study

Here is a comparison of the CEFR with the classic descriptions, which shows the total number of hours required to complete each level.

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

What is the CEFR?

The CEFR is the Common European Framework of Reference for languages. It is internationally-recognised and 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).

Our advice

 Find out your English level with our free online English test.
Visit our Study English at home page to get more study advice.
Take an English course and practise with an English teacher.

What official English exams are available?

There are a number of examinations available to test your English level of proficiency. Official English exams are 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.