Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

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The levels of the CEFR are:

A: Elementary Language Use

B: Independent Language Use

C: Competent Language Use

These are again divided into 6 stages of language levels:

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A1 - Beginner

At this level, people can understand very simple phrases about themselves, people they know and things around them, when people speak slowly and clearly.

A2 - Basic Knowledge

At this level, people can understand expressions and the most common words about things which are important to them, e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, their jobs. They can get the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.

B1 - Advanced Language Use

Your test result suggests that you are at level A2 in listening on the Council of Europe scale. At this level, people can understand expressions and the most common words about things which are important to them, e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, their jobs. They can get the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.

B2 - Independent Language Use

At this level, people can understand longer stretches of speech and lectures and follow complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. They can understand most TV news and current affairs programs.

C1 - Competent Language Knowledge

At this level, people can understand spoken language even when it is not clearly structured and when ideas and thoughts are not expressed in an explicit way. They can understand television programmes and films without too much effort.

C2 - Nearly Native Speaker

At this level, people can understand any kind of spoken language, both when they hear it live and in the media. They also understand a native speaker who speaks fast if they have some time to get used to the accent.

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