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English Levels

Wall Street English offers 20 English levels for students ranging from beginners to advanced, which are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). We offer the assurance of learning alongside these standards which are internationally recognized.

The CEFR levels have identified three main types of learner – Basic, Independent, and Proficient – each of which is subdivided into two levels, creating a total of six – A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. These levels provide a specific evaluation of the linguistic skills of writing, listening, reading, spoken production and spoken interaction.

CEFR Levels: all the information you need.

The Common European Framework Reference for Languages is a system of evaluating the skills obtained by someone studying a European language.

Let’s look in detail at the CEFR levels: next to each level we’ve indicated the IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge certificate with the relative scores that correspond to the specific CEFR level.

 

 CEFR A1 (Breakthrough)

Wall Street English levels:

  • 3 – 5 Waystage

Certificates:

  • TOEIC (Listening): 60
  • TOEIC (Reading): 60
  • TOEIC (Speaking): 50
  • TOEIC (Writing): 30
  • Cambridge English Scale: 100-119

 

At this level you can use your English in some basic situations when you’re travelling. You don’t have enough English to work or study or English, but you can have a simple conversation with people if they speak slowly and simply.

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Listening

Listening

You can understand words and basic concepts related to personal information regarding your family, your country of origin, and your home, when people speak slowly and clearly.

Reading

Reading

You can understand the meaning of simple words and common phrases found in notices, posters, and catalogs.

Spoken Interaction

Spoken Interaction

You can interact with people who speak slowly and are willing to reformulate sentences if you don’t understand. You can use and understand familiar expressions to describe immediate and basic needs.

Writing

Writing

You can write a simple email or message. You can fill in simple forms related to personal data like name, nationality, hotel location and other basic information.

Spoken production

Spoken production

You can introduce yourself and others in a simple but clear way. You can describe details about where you live and your life using simple adjectives, verb tenses and grammatical forms.

Examples

An English-speaking client visits your office. You can introduce yourself and your colleagues, and can talk about your job. You can also tell them about the best places to eat near your office and give them some simple directions.

You’re staying in a hotel. You can check in and out, and understand prices for difference services. You can ask also the hotel receptionist for directions to the nearest shops, and when you get there, you can ask for things and ask how much things cost.

There are English-speaking students at the University where you are studying. You can talk about yourself and your family, ask questions about where they come from, and tell them about the city where you live. You can also exchange phone numbers and send your new friends short messages.

 

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CEFR A2 (Waystage)

Wall Street English levels:

  • 6 – 9 Upper Waystage

Certificates:

  • TOEIC (Listening): 110
  • TOEIC (Reading): 115
  • TOEIC (Speaking): 90
  • TOEIC (Writing): 70
  • Cambridge English: A2 Key
  • Cambridge English Scale: 120-139

 

At this level you feel comfortable as a tourist in most everyday situations, and you can socialize with other English speakers. You can use English at work in some situations as long as you are very familiar with what others are talking about, and you’ll be able to use your English to network. You can’t study in English, but you will be able to understand some messages and short written texts if you are familiar with the topic.

 

Listening

Listening

You can understand words and phrases related to personal topics (e.g. basic information related to yourself and your family, where you live, shopping, work).

Reading

Reading

You can read very short, simple texts. You can find specific information found in everyday material like advertisements or train timetables. You understand short, simple letters.

Spoken Interaction

Spoken Interaction

You can communicate during daily activities that require a fast and basic exchange of information. You can take part in social exchanges even if you’re not always able to carry on the conversation by yourself.

Writing

Writing

You can write simple personal letters, short messages, notes, and summaries, using basic grammatical structures.

Spoken Production

Spoken Production

You can speak about yourself and your family and friends. You can talk about your studies and job using simple expressions and a limited vocabulary. You can formulate simple but clear grammatical constructions.

Examples

You work in an international organization. You can attend online meetings with other English speakers as long as you are familiar with the topic. In the meeting you can talk about future plans and make some basic proposals for what to do next. You can also arrange the next meeting, and after the meeting can email a simple written summary of the main points that were discussed.

You are on holiday in an English-speaking country. You are comfortable using public transport, and you can buy different types of tickets and compare prices. You can also ask for and understand directions to different places in a city, and will be able to write about where you’ve been in a post on Social Media.

You’re a student at a university and are attending social events at the start of the new year. You can talk to other students from around the world in English and ask and answer questions about life experiences. You can also tell your new friends a story about something that happened to you.

 

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CEFR B1 (Threshold)

Wall Street English levels:

  • 10 – 13 Threshold

Certificates:

  • IELTS 4.0 – 5.5
  • TOEIC (Listening): 275
  • TOEIC (Reading): 275
  • TOEIC (Speaking): 120
  • TOEIC (Writing): 120
  • TOEFL iBT: 42
  • Cambridge English: B1 Preliminary
  • Cambridge English Scale: 140-159

 

At this level you are confident using English in the workplace in familiar situations, and can attend a job interview in English. Although you can’t fully function in English at work, you can read reports, write short emails, and take part in simple negotiations in English. You can socialize with other English speakers while travelling, and can deal with most situations confidently, including making complaints and solving problems. You can understand some texts and videos when you’re studying, and can take part in classes in English if you’re already familiar with the topic.
 

 

Listening

Listening

You can understand the main points of a speech about familiar topics. You understand the main points of a TV or radio program, the news, and topics related to everyday life.

Reading

Reading

You can understand texts about frequent daily activities and work. You can understand descriptions of events, feelings, and wishes in personal letters and messages.

Spoken Interaction

Spoken Interaction

You can deal with most situations while traveling in an English speaking country. You can enter into conversations about topics and everyday life without preparation.

Writing

Writing

You can write a simple text about the most important current issues. You can write emails that clearly describe your personal and professional experiences.

Spoken Production

Spoken Production

You can clearly and confidently describe personal and professional experiences. You can describe dreams, hopes, and ambitions in a simple way, giving short explanations about your plans.

Examples

Your company works with an international supplier, and there is a problem with your latest order. You can write an email making your complaint and detailing the problem, and when it hasn’t been satisfactorily resolved make a phone call to deal with the situation.

You’re in a hotel and you meet a group of people who speak about their holidays. You take part in the conversation without any difficulties, telling them about your experiences during your stay. You can understand the sense of what people say and intervene actively.

You are at university and one of your optional modules is taught in English. You need to watch a video and read a blogpost to prepare for class. You can understand most of what you what and read, and can check with your teacher about anything you did not understand when you get to class.

 

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CEFR B2 (Vantage)

Wall Street English levels:

  • 14 – 17 Milestone

Certificates:

  • IELTS 5.5 – 6.5
  • TOEIC (Listening): 400
  • TOEIC (Reading): 385
  • TOEIC (Speaking): 160
  • TOEIC (Writing): 150
  • TOEFL iBT: 72
  • Cambridge English: B2 First
  • Cambridge English Scale: 160-179

 

At this level you can work comfortably in English in your own field, and will be confident communicating both verbally and in writing. You can plan and deliver a business presentation, and can express your opinions confidently, clearly giving pros and cons. When you are travelling, you are confident socializing with others in English, and can deal with any complex situations that arise. You can understand most media, such as films and newspapers, and when you are studying can express yourself clearly and fluently both when speaking and when writing on a range of topics.

 

Listening

Listening

You can understand complex conversations in personal and professional situations. You understand technical speeches. You can understand most TV and radio programs especially if they are about current issues.

 

Reading

Reading

You can understand the meaning of newspaper articles about current affairs in which the writers use a specific language, expressing their viewpoints. You can understand complex terms related to technical arguments.

 

Spoken Interaction

Spoken Interaction

You can interact quite spontaneously and fluently with native speakers. You can take part in complex conversations, expressing your opinions and needs with confidence. You can describe a wide variety of events.

 

Writing

Writing

You can write clear, complex texts about a wide range of subjects, justifying the pros and cons of plans and giving different opinions. You can write texts that clearly describe specific events.

 

Spoken Production

Spoken Production

You can provide clear and detailed descriptions on a wide range of topics related to your interests. You can express your point of view, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options, with ease and confidence.

Examples

You’re an IT engineer in an international organization whose working language is English. You understand most videos which explain the specifications and functions of new technological solutions, and you understand the technical guide, videos and manuals about your sector.

You are travelling to a business meeting abroad where you meet managers and directors from another company. You can introduce yourself confidently in conversations and interact well with those present, knowing how to construct complex professional phrases.

You are studying at a university in English. You can give a presentation to the rest of your class, and confidently answer questions about what you have been studying.

 

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CEFR C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency)

Wall Street English levels:

  • 18 – 20 Mastery

Certificates:

  • IELTS 6.5 – 8.0
  • TOEIC (Listening): 490
  • TOEIC (Reading): 455
  • TOEIC (Speaking): 180
  • TOEIC (Writing): 180
  • TOEFL iBT: 95
  • Cambridge English: C1 Advanced
  • Cambridge English Scale: 180-199

 

At this level you can use English in all situations at work. You can understand complex subjects even when you don’t have much background knowledge, and can express your views and opinions fluently. You can deal with any situation that comes your way when you are travelling, and can understand and use humor when you are socializing. You can study in English, using language effectively and flexibly when you are speaking and writing.

 

Listening

Listening

You can understand extended speeches even about topics that you don’t know well. You can understand TV programs and films without much effort.

 

Reading

Reading

You can understand long and complex texts related to specific events and topics. You can read books and manuals without difficulty. You can understand, distinguish and appreciate different writing styles. You don’t have difficulty understanding technical concepts.

 

Spoken Interaction

Spoken Interaction

You can converse spontaneously and fluently without difficulty. You use the language flexibly and effectively for personal and professional purposes. You formulate ideas and opinions clearly and get your point across skillfully.

 

Writing

Writing

You can write well-structured texts, expressing your viewpoints in detail. In letters you use complex themes, highlighting important aspects. You can modify your writing style according to the reader.

 

Spoken Production

Spoken Production

You can express complex themes and arguments from various angles. Your argumentation is clear, detailed, and provides important information that leads to concise, specific conclusions.

Examples

You work in an international organization. A colleague talks about a new security system, explaining in detail the equipment used as well as the problems that can be encountered. Even if you have now technical expertise in this area you can understand most of the speech.

You have rented a car when travelling abroad. You’ve had a car accident and have to reach an agreement with the other driver. You express yourself without difficulty using specific language related to legal responsibility as well as talk about what happened.

You are studying abroad in an English-speaking university. You can give a detailed presentation about artificial intelligence providing specific information and using scientific language, and you give precise answers to questions from the audience.

 

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CEFR C2 (Proficiency)

Certificates:

  • IELTS >8.0
  • Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency
  • Cambridge English Scale: 200-230

 

At this level you can understand everything with ease in the workplace, including speech at a native level, even when you are not familiar with the topic. You can engage with others at a native-like level when travelling, and when studying you can understand and produce complex texts in English.

 

Listening

Listening

You can understand any type of speech without difficulty. Whether the speech is live or on TV, you can understand all the words and phrases, even if they are spoken quickly. You can identify the accent of the speaker.

 

Reading

Reading

You can understand all forms of writing including manuals, news, complex instructions, and literary works. You can understand complicated articles about topics that you are not familiar with.

 

Spoken Interaction

Spoken Interaction

You can take part in any kind of discussion with mother tongue speakers fluently, using idiomatic expressions. You can express yourself naturally and use different shades of meaning in your speech.

 

Writing

Writing

You can write clear, flowing texts using an appropriate style. You can prepare detailed reports containing in-depth information. The structure of your texts is easy to follow and enables the reader to identify the most important points.

 

Spoken Production

Spoken Production

You can express yourself clearly and fluently and can do presentations and make speeches. You can adopt a style that is appropriate to the situation and the structure of your dialogue is logical and easy to follow.

Examples

You work for an advertising agency. You create an advertising text about the latest product released by your company: the text includes idiomatic expressions as well as colloquial phrases aimed at increasing sales.

You are travelling abroad. In your hotel room you watch a TV program about English medieval literature which mentions texts related to the historical period. Even if you don’t understand some specific words, you can understand the general meaning.

You’re at an academic conference in London. You communicate with American and British academics without any difficulty, even making some jokes that contain idiomatic expressions.

 

Sources:

www.ielts.org/ielts-for-organisations/common-european-framework

www.ets.org/s/toeic/pdf/toeic-cefr-flyer.pdf

www.ets.org/toefl/score-users/scores-admissions/compare

 

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