Some of you ask me about the CEFR levels: what are they? Do they matter?
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, often referred to as CEFR or CEFRL, is an international standard for working out your ability within a language. It was established by the Council of Europe and aims to validate language ability.
The six levels within the CEFR are A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. The levels are often used by language learners to explain their ability at speaking, reading, writing and understanding a language. But there are also exams and certificates available to those who want to make their level official.
Let’s first take a look at what the different levels are and what you can do at each level.
At the A1 CEFR level, a language learner can:
At the A2 CEFR level, a language learner can:
At the B1 CEFR level, a language learner can:
B2 (Upper Intermediate)
At the B2 CEFR level, a language learner can:
At the C1 CEFR level, a language learner can:
At the C2 CEFR level, a language learner can:
The CEFR levels matter if you are planning to get a certificate for school or university admissions, for getting a job or immigrating to a different country. In a more casual language-learning environment, or when you’re just learning languages because you enjoy them, I feel they are not that important.
Are you curious about your English Language level? Below are some links to instant-result tests that can approximately indicate your language level, but remember that the majority of these tests mainly check your grammar and vocabulary, but leave out such important skills as listening, speaking and writing. So, use them wisely!
https://www.examenglish.com/leveltest/index.php (This test has a listening part as well)