English Levels Compared – Table
Want to know what is your level of English?
Are you confused by many different names used to describe English levels?
One of the most common questions asked by our students or people enquiring about our English courses is related to English levels. That’s we we prepared a comparison of levels.
There are different terminologies used to describe levels of English language fluency. Very often different language exam centres or language schools use the same names to describe different English levels or the other way round – various names are being used to describe the same level of language skills. So it may be easy to get confused about your actual language skills, to decide what English exam to approach or what English language course to choose to reach the desired English level. Here is a table with English levels compared, we hope you find it helpful!
Please note, our comparison of English levels is approximate. The aim was to simplify different level measurements in a visual form of a table to provide a tool for an easy and quick check. Moreover very often the levels are overlapping or different systems use different level names for the same standard of English. The table includes overall scores used by exam centres, whereas those marks are often based on separate evaluations of English language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. In fact English language skills assessment is a much more complex subject and this information should be used only as a guide.
Link School of English we always check your current English level to make sure you will be learning on the course right for you. If you are planning to join our English classes, please request our level test.
List of Abbreviations of International English Exams:
CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
ESOL: English for speakers of other languages
Cambridge Exams, ESOL SfL: ESOL Skills for Life
Cambridge Exams, KET: Key English Test
Cambridge Exams, PET: Preliminary English Test
Cambridge Exams, BEC: Cambridge English: Business English Certificate
Cambridge Exams, FCE: First Certificate in English
Cambridge Exams, CAE: Certificate in Advanced English
IELTS: International English Language Testing System
Trinity College London, GESE: Graded Examinations in Spoken English
Trinity College London, ISE: Integrated Skills in English
Trinity College London, SEW: Spoken English for Work
PTE: Pearson Test of English
TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
iBT: Internet Based Test
ITP: Institutional Testing Program
BULATS: Business Language Testing Service
Michigan Test, ECCE: Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English
Michigan Test, ECPE: Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English
TOLES: Test of Legal English Skills
TOEIC: Test of English for International Communication
NQF: National Qualifications Framework
iTEP: International Test of English Proficiency
UKVI tests: Tests for UK Visas and Immigration
British General Qualifications, GCSE: General Certificate of Secondary Education
British General Qualifications, GCE: General Certificate of Education
How long does it take to learn English?
We are also often asked how long will it take to learn English. According to Cambridge English Language Assessment each level can be reached on average within the following number of learning hours:
A2: 180 – 200
B1: 350 – 400
B2: 500 – 600
C1: 700 – 800
C2: 1.00 – 1.200
Want to improve your English fast?
Check our Intensive and Super Intensive English Courses in London. And remember, at Link School of English we always check your English level before you join to match the best course for you.
Read about English tests and exams at different levels:
– What is the CAE Exam?
– What is the IELTS Exam?
– About Choosing English Language School Abroad
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– What Type of Language Learner are You?
– 4 Tips on Improving Your English Grammar