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Level Descriptions

Beginner

Test score: 0-9

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Beginner
  • Standard course
  • Combined course
  • Individual 1-to-1 training
You are a complete beginner and have no prior knowledge of the language, with the exception of perhaps a few key words.
You are a "false beginner" – i.e. you have some prior, but very basic, knowledge of the language, and find it difficult to produce more than a few key words and phrases. Maybe you haven’t used the language in a while and/or want to start at ‘the beginning’.
You have a very basic knowledge of the language. Your vocabulary is very limited and you have no real understanding of the grammar.
E.g. you can introduce yourself, ask simple directions and order food & drink in a café or restaurant.

At the end of Beginner (A1):

  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • You can introduce yourself and others.
  • You can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, what you do, people you know and things you have.
  • You can ask and give directions.
  • You can order food and drink.
  • You can make very basic travel and accommodation arrangements.
  • You can have a basic conversation, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Elementary

Test score: 10-19

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Elementary A2
  • Standard course
  • Semi-intensive course
  • Combined course
  • Individual 1-to-1 training
You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases, but your ability to communicate is limited and you find it difficult to understand everyday spoken language.
Pre-Intermediate A2+
  • Standard course
  • Semi-intensive course
  • Combined course
  • Individual 1-to-1 training
You can produce sentences and formulate, and respond to, everyday questions. You have a basic knowledge of grammatical structures, including different tenses and word order, and have enough vocabulary to 'get by' in predictable situations.

At the end of Elementary (A2):

  • You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas including basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography and employment.
  • You can communicate in simple and routine tasks, requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • You can describe, in simple terms, aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
  • You can comfortably ‘get by’ when visiting the country, albeit with some difficulty.

At the end of Pre Intermediate (A2+):

  • You can produce sentences and formulate—and respond to—everyday questions.
  • You have a basic knowledge of grammatical structures, including different tenses and word order, that enables you to write simple paragraphs that you can relate to, such as information about yourself, and complete tasks such as filling out forms.
  • You have enough vocabulary to ‘get by’ in predictable situations.
  • You can communicate effectively, if not always accurately, as you are able to understand everyday situations.

Intermediate

Test score: 20-29

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Intermediate B1
  • Standard course
  • Semi-intensive course
  • Combined course
  • Individual 1-to-1 training
  • Part-time evening course
You can use and understand simple structures fairly consistently, and can respond to a wide range of questions on familiar subjects. You can communicate effectively, if not always accurately, in most everyday situations and could consider working in the country using the language (e.g. bar/counter work, service in cafés, basic office work).

At the end of Intermediate (B1):

  • You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • You can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • You can describe experiences and events.
  • You can talk about dreams, hopes and ambitions
  • You can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
  • You could consider working in the country using the language (e.g. bar/counter work, waiting service in cafés or basic office work).

Upper Intermediate

Test score: 30-35

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Upper Intermediate B2
  • Standard course
  • Semi-intensive course
  • Combined course
  • Business course
  • TOEFL preparation course
  • Individual 1-to-1 training
  • Part-time evening course
You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. You can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. You can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

At the end of Upper Intermediate (B2):

  • You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialization.
  • You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible, without strain for either party.
  • You can 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.
  • You can do business with speakers of the language in most run-of-the-mill situations.

Advanced

Test score: 36-39

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Advanced C1
  • Standard course
  • Semi-intensive course
  • Combined course
  • Business course
  • TOEFL preparation course
  • Individual 1-to-1 training
  • Part-time evening course
You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialization. You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible, without strain for either party. You can 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.

At the end of Advanced (C1):

  • You can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.
  • You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • You can use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • You can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, logical flow of text, and clear awareness of the audience.


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