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CEFR Global Scale

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Elementary 1

IH Galway

Elementary 1

IH World

1

Cambridge

IELTS

CEFR

A1

CEFR Global Scale

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and cleary and is prepared to help.

Elementary 2

IH Galway

Elementary 2

IH World

2

Cambridge

KET

IELTS

CEFR

A2.1

CEFR Global Scale

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic person al and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Pre-intermediate

IH Galway

Pre-intermediate

IH World

3

Cambridge

KET

IELTS

3.5-4.0

CEFR

A2.2

CEFR Global Scale

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic person al and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Lower intermediate

IH Galway

Lower intermediate

IH World

4

Cambridge

PET

IELTS

4.0-5.5

CEFR

B1.1

CEFR Global Scale

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situation likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on to pics which are familia or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Mid-intermediate

IH Galway

Mid-intermediate

IH World

4

Cambridge

PET

IELTS

4.0-5.5

CEFR

B1.2

CEFR Global Scale

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situation likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on to pics which are familia or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Upper-intermediate

IH Galway

Upper-intermediate

IH World

5

Cambridge

FCE

IELTS

5.5-6.5

CEFR

B2.1

CEFR Global Scale

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. 

Pre-advanced

IH Galway

Pre-advanced

IH World

6

Cambridge

FCE

IELTS

5.5-6.5

CEFR

B2.2

CEFR Global Scale

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. 

Advanced 1

IH Galway

Advanced 1

IH World

7

Cambridge

CAE

IELTS

6.5-7.5

CEFR

C1

CEFR Global Scale

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patters, connectors and cohesive devices.

Advanced 2

IH Galway

Advanced 2

IH World

8

Cambridge

CPE

IELTS

7.5.9.0

CEFR

C2

CEFR Global Scale

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

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