CEFR levels for language learners
The CEFR is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This internationally recognised framework describes language ability on a scale of levels from A1 for beginners up to C2 for those who have mastered a language. The CEFR is used by organisations all over the world as a reliable benchmark of language ability.
The ‘can do’ statements below were developed by ALTE (The Association of Language Testers in Europe) of which Cambridge English Language Assessment is a founding member.
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ALTE general can do statements
|C2||CAN advise on or talk about complex or sensitive issues, understanding colloquial references and dealing confidently with hostile questions.||CAN understand documents, correspondence and reports, including the finer points of complex texts.||CAN write letters on any subject and full notes of meetings or seminars with good expression and accuracy.|
|C1||CAN contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area of work or keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency, coping with abstract expressions.||CAN read quickly enough to cope with an academic course, to read the media for information or to understand non-standard correspondence.||CAN prepare/draft professional correspondence, take reasonably accurate notes in meetings or write an essay which shows an ability to communicate.|
|B2||CAN follow or give a talk on a familiar topic or keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics.||CAN scan texts for relevant information, and understand detailed instructions or advice.||CAN make notes while someone is talking or write a letter including non-standard requests.|
|B1||CAN express opinions on abstract/cultural matters in a limited way or offer advice within a known area, and understand instructions or public announcements.||CAN understand routine information and articles, and the general meaning of non-routine information within a familiar area.||CAN write letters or make notes on familiar or predictable matters.|
|A2||CAN express simple opinions or requirements in a familiar context.||CAN understand straightforward information within a known area, such as on products and signs and simple textbooks or reports on familiar matters.||CAN complete forms and write short simple letters or postcards related to personal information.|
|A1||CAN understand basic instructions or take part in a basic factual conversation on a predictable topic.||CAN understand basic notices, instructions or information.||CAN complete basic forms, and write notes including times, dates and places.|