Proficiency is the highest level we recognise.
You are fluent and rarely encounter English which you do not understand. However, it is always possible to improve by increasing your understanding of the nuances of the English language and by developing your vocabulary further.
IELTS score 7.5+
TOEFL iBT score 105
TOEIC score 900
Study on any course up to and including Postgraduate level at an English-speaking university
Work at an advanced level in an English-speaking environment
Advanced is the highest level most students attain without the total immersion of living in another country.
Your spoken English is both fluent and accurate. Your vocabulary is wide and you have a good knowledge of collocation, phrasal verbs, colloquial expressions and idioms. All common areas of grammar are familiar to you.
IELTS score 6.5 – 7.5
TOEFL iBT score 93
TOEIC score 800 – 900
Study on any degree or diploma-level course at an English-speaking university
Work in an English-speaking environment
If you are at Upper-Intermediate level, you have an effective, but not perfect, use of English.
You can talk almost fluently and almost completely accurately. Everyday situations in an English-language environment do not worry you. You can take part in extended conversations or discussions and your vocabulary covers almost every circumstance. If you do not know a word you can almost always find a way of describing it. You have a knowledge of some idiomatic English, phrasal verbs, and colloquial expressions. You have studied all main areas of English grammar.
IELTS score 5.5 – 6.5
TOEFL iBT score 80
TOEIC score 650 – 800
Study on some degree or diploma-level courses at an English-speaking university
Work on an internship in an English-speaking environment
If you are at Intermediate level, you understand and speak English with some confidence.
You have the grammar and the vocabulary to talk and read about a wide number of subjects. You have some understanding of tone and style. You can assess and consciously improve your own pronunciation. You have studied all the main tenses and can confidently make sentences, question forms and clauses in all of them. You are beginning to look at phrasal and modal verbs.
IELTS score 4.5 – 5.5
TOEFL iBT score 55
TOEIC score 450 – 650
Study on some courses at an English-speaking college
Enter university on a foundation course
Start to focus your English studies on specifics such as English for Business or Academic purposes
If you are at Pre-intermediate level, you have a good basic ability to communicate and understand, but you can make great improvement in all areas.
You can talk about many subjects and give your opinion on them. You can talk with confidence in the present, past and future simple tenses. You can perform tasks such as shopping, booking a hotel room, travel, and making conversation in English. Your grammar includes an understanding of adjectives, adverbs, comparatives, articles, possessives, and basic prepositions.
IELTS score 3.5 – 4.5
TOEFL iBT score 32
TOEIC score 300 – 450
Study basic practical subjects in English
Start to prepare for Internship
If you are at Elementary level, you can communicate in a very basic way, mainly in the present and past simple. Your vocabulary covers everyday useful subject areas.
By the end of Elementary level, you can make simple sentences and reply to questions on a range of personal and common subjects. You can talk about your likes and dislikes, family, and routines. You can order a meal in a restaurant or go shopping in English.
IELTS score 3.0
TOEFL iBT score 20
TOEIC score 150 – 300
- Begin to study sports, leisure or practical subjects in English
If you are at Beginner level, you have never studied English.
You might know a few English words, like ‘hello’, ‘taxi’, and ‘football’. After only a week’s study at Beginner level, you will be able to say your name and nationality, ask basic questions and give basic answers. You will know the alphabet, and numbers to 100. You will be able to shop or travel with basic English and some help. You will know the fundamentals of English pronunciation.
IELTS score 1 – 2
TOEFL iBT score 12
TOEIC score 10 – 150