English Language Standards

Judging a learner’s English proficiency level is not an easy task. This is why over the years a number of standardized English language tests and benchmarks have been developed throughout the world in order to measure and reference it. Currently one of the better known language proficiency referencing tools is CEFR, or the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages adopted by the Council of Europe. Due to CEFR’s popularity English Spot uses this frame of reference for labeling courses we offer. If you are not familiar with CEFR, please take a look at the following comparison table to see how its levels relate to other standards.

 

Region

eu
EU

gb
UK

us
US

ca
Canada

Commonly Used Terms

CEFR

IELTS Academic

Cambridge Exams

TOEFL iBT

CAEL

CLB

Academic

C2

9

CPE – A

120

90

12

C2

8

CPE – A

110

85

11

C2

7.5

CPE – B

105

80

10

Advanced

C1

7

CAE – A

100

70

9

C1

6.5

CAE – B

90

70

8

Upper Intermediate

B2

6

CAE – C

84

70

7

B2

6

FCE – A

80

60

6

B2

5.5

FCE – B

71

60

6

Intermediate

B1

5

FCE – C

61

50

5

B1

4.5-5

PET

5

Lower Intermediate

A2

< 4

KET

4

Beginners

A1

KET

< 3

Note: Follow the links below to learn more about each standard.

  • CEFR – Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System (Academic)
  • CPE, CAE, FCE, PET, KET – Cambridge Exams
  • TOEFL iBT – Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based Test)
  • CAEL – Canadian Academic English Language Assessment
  • CLB – Canadian Language Benchmarks

Test Your English

Being aware of your level of English as well as of your educational goals will help you in choosing appropriate courses. Take our free diagnostic test to find out your strengths and weaknesses. We have three tests for you to choose from. Pick the one that seems the most appropriate and see how you do on it. Each test should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. When you are finished, you will be able to review your answers. We will also send you a detailed report and some course recommendations.

 

 

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