The Common European Framework

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. It describes language ability on a six-point scale, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for those who have mastered a language. This makes it easy for anyone involved in language teaching and testing, such as teachers or learners, to see the level of different qualifications. It also means that employers and educational institutions can easily compare our qualifications to other exams in their country.

All English language coursebooks use the CEFR system. If you change school anywhere in the world, you will still be learning the necessary language for your level.

Each level has criteria that you should achieve before you are able to move to the next level. The criteria is a guide and will help you to identify what you need to do to improve your language skills to progress to the next level.

One World Teachers will very quickly (usually in under 10 minutes) be able to identify your level and help you identify which coursebook is right for you.

The PDFs below give you the criteria for each level. Remember, your teacher will know your level. If your writing is A2 and your listening and speaking is B2, your teacher will advise you on what additional classes you should take to improve your weaker areas.