Common European Framework

Here at Nations we use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to determine levels. As the large majority of our clients and learners come from Europe, it is the most recognized scale available and sufficient for us to help assess how proficient you are in English.

The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels:

  • A Basic User
  • A1 Breakthrough or beginner
  • A2 Waystage or elementary
  • B Independent User
  • B1 Threshold or intermediate
  • B2 Vantage or upper intermediate
  • C Proficient User
  • C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced
  • C2 Mastery or proficiency

The vast majority of learners that come to Nations are from A2 to C1. Please note that we’re not here to help improve your level to obtain certification. We want business professionals to be proficient in communicating in English for their job. We do not provide an end-of-course exam.

Your exam is back on the job!

CEF Level
Proficient User

C2H

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

C2M

C2L

C1H

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C1M

C1L

Independent User

B2H

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

B2M

B2L

B1H

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

B1M

B1L

Basic User

A2H

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). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.  Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

A2M

A2L

A1H

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can 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. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A1M

A1L

 
 

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