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Language Level CEFR Self-Assessment Grid

Language Level CEFR Self-Assessment Grid

Please use the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) self-assessment grids below to estimate your current language level. You may then report this estimated level for the relevant foreign languages on your application.  There are 6 levels according to this scale as described below A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. You may also more formally test your language level here. 

CEFR level*: A1 Basic User At this level the learner can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type; he/she can introduce himself/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; he/she can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

CEFR level*: A2  Basic User 
At this level the learner can 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); he/she can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters; he/she can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

CEFR level*: B1 – Independent User
At this level the learner can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.; he/she can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken; he/she can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest and can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. 

CEFR level*: B2 Independent User
At this level the learner can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization; he/she can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible without strain for either party; he/she 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.

CEFR level*: C1 Proficient User
At this level the learner can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning; he/she can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions; he/she can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes and can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

 CEFR level*: C2 Proficient User
At this level the learner can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read; he/she can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation and can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

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