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Your level of English

Get a better idea of your level of English and which course is right for you.

  • We test your level on your first day;  for some courses we will test you in advance.
  • Study with students at the same level
  • You can move up a level as you make progress, after discussion with your teacher and Director of Studies
 Level CEFR Level Equivalent Exam Level  Your ability  Which course(s)?
 Beginner  0 IELTS 1-2
TOEIC 0-150
You can speak and understand English in a very limited way.

In a few weeks:
be able to shop or travel with basic English. You will know the fundamentals of English pronunciation.
Beginners English
 Elementary  A1 IELTS 2-3 
TOEIC 151-300 
CAMBRIDGE KET
You can understand language used in everyday situations if the speaker speaks slowly and clearly

By the end of this level:
make simple sentences and reply to simple questions; talk about likes/dislikes, family and routines; order a meal in a  restaurant/go shopping and understand and write basic text.
General English
 Pre-Intermediate  A2 IELTS 3-4 
TOEFL iBT 0-31 
TOEIC 301-400
You can communicate in a range of everyday social and travel contexts. 

By the end of this level:
talk with confidence (go shopping, book a hotel room); make conversation in English; write & understand simple written text and understand a wider range of grammar and vocabulary.
General English
Business Communication
English for University
Language Year Abroad
 Intermediate  B1 IELTS 4-5 
TOEFL iBT 32-45 
TOEIC 401-525 
CAMBRIDGE PET
You can speak English with some confidence.

By the end of this level:
take part in routine conversations; write & understand simple written text; make notes & understand most of the general meaning of lectures, meetings, TV programmes and extract basic information from a written document.
General English
Business Communication 
Language Year Abroad
FCE Exam
English for University
 Upper intermediate  B2 IELTS 5-6 
TOEFL iBT 46-78 
TOEIC 526-750 
CAMBRIDGE FCE
You can use English effectively.

By the end of this level:
take part in extended conversations; write &  understand most text, including a simple essay; understand most of a TV programme, presentation or lecture, but not technical or theoretical information.
English in Action
CAE Exam
General English
Business Communication 
English for University
Language Year Abroad
 Advanced  A1 IELTS 6-7 
TOEFL iBT 79-101
TOEIC 751-900
CAMBRIDGE CAE
You can use English in a range of culturally appropriate ways.

By the end of this level:
take part in lengthy conversations & discussions; write and understand most text including formal, academic and professional documents; easily understand TV, plays, films, lectures and presentations.
English in Action
General English
Business Communication 
English for University
 Proficient  A2 IELTS 7-8 
TOEFL iBT 102-114 
TOEIC 901+ 
CAMBRIDGE CPE

You can use English with ease and fluency.

To improve:
Increase your understanding of the nuances of the language and engage in independent reading to develop your vocabulary further.
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