Learning levels explained

Have ever learned a second language, or have you observed children developing their language skills? Did you notice the different ‘levels’ of learning? It’s a step by step process like climbing up a ladder. Learners of English start learning very basic English like numbers and colours. Then, they progress to learn words linked to everyday topics, such as school or work, the family, food and drink, sports and personal interests.

By learning simple English, learners can quickly develop reading and writing skills, listen to songs, or talk about their daily life and about hobbies they enjoy. Learning English is not just about collecting words or understanding the grammar. Students need to learn to do useful things with the language by developing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in order to understand and communicate.

The six-point CEFR scale

At Lingo Perfecto our teachers and examiners use the Common European Framework of Reference, usually known as the CEFR, when discussing the level that a student has achieved.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing English language ability. It uses a six-point scale to describe the different levels of English, from A1 for starters, up to C2 for those who are proficient. It focuses on the following skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing.

This makes it easy for us when teaching English and testing, to see the level of different students and the qualifications they can gain. It also means that employers and universities can easily assess if a candidate meets their needs or entry requirements.

Making progress with the CEFR

Each level, from A1 starter to C1 proficient, takes approximately 150 hours of guided learning to achieve, covering each CEFR level takes, on average, about ten weeks of intensive English lessons at Lingo Perfecto. Naturally, this varies for each student. A learner’s progress depends on various factors, such as, how many study hours they commit to, their use of English inside and outside of the classroom and of course their motivation.

In accordance with the CEFR, for example, learners on an A2 elementary level course can understand short, simple texts containing the most common vocabulary and by the time they have reached B2 level, they can read many kinds of texts at different speeds and in different ways. Levels build on each other all the way up to native-level fluency.

Lingo Perfecto teachers prepare lessons and tests (such as level tests or Cambridge / IELTS exam practice tests). As a reference they use the CEFR Can Dos to make sure they are preparing and using material suitable for the level of their learners and they are confident that their lesson is suitable – not too easy and not too difficult.

If you would like to find out your level before starting a course, take our level test. It will provide an accurate assessment of your level of English language abilities. It’s completely free! 

You have basic ability to understand and exchange information on familiar topics in a very simple way.
A1 Starter
You can understand simple information in texts and audio / video which focuses on familiar topics.
A2 Elementary
You can understand simple information on familiar topics and are beginning to express yourself clearly.
A2 Pre-Intermediate
You can understand the main idea in texts and on a range of topics. You can express your ideas clearly.
B1 Intermediate
You understand a wide range of language in a variety of contexts. You can communicate well.
B2 Upper-Intermediate
You are a high-level user of English in all contexts, including unfamiliar topics. You communicate clearly.
C1 Advanced

Test your level

Answer as many of the 100 questions as you can without guessing. It’s important you join a course at the right level, so if you’re not sure about the correct answer just leave the answer empty.

When you have completed the test click submit to see your results, which you can check against our levels explained above or if you prefer please send an email to: study@lingoperfecto.com

Important note – this test is intended as a reference only. It will give you and us an idea of your level of proficiency in grammar but does not reflect your spoken skills. This test is provided courtesy of Lingo Perfecto.

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