What’s your level of English ?

Proficient

Proficiency is the highest level we recognise.

Your ability

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.

Equivalent to

    IELTS score 7.5+

    TOEFL iBT score 105

    TOEIC score 900

    Cambridge CPE

You can

    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

Advanced is the highest level most students attain without the total immersion of living in another country.

Your ability

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.

Equivalent to

    IELTS score 6.5 – 7.5

    TOEFL iBT score 93

    TOEIC score 800 – 900

    Cambridge CAE

You can

    Study on any degree or diploma-level course at an English-speaking university

    Work in an English-speaking environment

Upper-Intermediate

If you are at Upper-Intermediate level, you have an effective, but not perfect, use of English.

Your ability

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.

Equivalent to

    IELTS score 5.5 – 6.5

    TOEFL iBT score 80

    TOEIC score 650 – 800

    Cambridge FCE

You can

    Study on some degree or diploma-level courses at an English-speaking university

    Work on an internship in an English-speaking environment

Intermediate

If you are at Intermediate level, you understand and speak English with some confidence.

Your ability

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.

Equivalent to

    IELTS score 4.5 – 5.5

    TOEFL iBT score 55

    TOEIC score 450 – 650

    Cambridge PET

You can

    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

Pre-Intermediate

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.

Your ability

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.

Equivalent to

    IELTS score 3.5 – 4.5

    TOEFL iBT score 32

    TOEIC score 300 – 450

You can

    Study basic practical subjects in English

    Start to prepare for Internship

Elementary

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.

Your ability

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.

Equivalent to

    IELTS score 3.0

    TOEFL iBT score 20

    TOEIC score 150 – 300

You can

    Begin to study sports, leisure or practical subjects in English

Beginner

If you are at Beginner level, you have never studied English.

Your ability

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.

Equivalent to

    IELTS score 1 – 2

    TOEFL iBT score 12

    TOEIC score 10 – 150

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