Framework of Levels for Placement Test

Below is some detailed information to help explain the levels in relation to the placement test.


A1 Elementary Score: 0 – 7

Can typically:

  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type
  • Introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help


A2 Pre-Intermediate Score 8 – 14

Can typically:

  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment)
  • Communicate in simple an routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
  • Describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need


B1 Intermediate Score 15 – 21

Can typically:

  • Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken
  • Produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest
  • Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans


B2 Upper – Intermediate Score 22 – 28

Can typically:

  • Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party
  • 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


C1 Advanced Score 29-33

Can typically:

  • Understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning
  • Express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions
  • Use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes
  • Produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devises