What Level of English Do You Currently Have? Here Is How to Evaluate Yourself

Do you know what level of English you have?

Knowing your level helps you know where you are right now and plan goals for the future. That is why I made the following video to help you with this.

In the video, I explain the different levels of English, how they are defined, and then I ask you a question that I want you to answer below.

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The Different Levels of English

In the video, I explained the six different levels of English according to the Common European Framework.

These are:

A1: Beginner

This is where you can use very simple expressions and talk about yourself in a basic way. You need the other person to talk slowly to understand.

A2: Elementary

If you have an elementary level, you can understand frequently used expressions and give basic personal information. You can talk about simple things on familiar topics.

B1: Intermediate

If you can deal with most situations when traveling, describe experiences and events, and give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans, then you have a B1 level.

B2: Upper Intermediate

This is where you feel comfortable in MOST situations. You can interact spontaneously and with a degree of fluency with native speakers, and people can understand you without too much difficulty.

C1: Advanced

This is where things are really flowing, and you don’t need to search for expressions. This is fluency. And… you can use language in a flexible way for social, academic, and professional purposes. (Note: B2 and C1 might sound similar, but there is a big difference between them)

C2: Proficient

If you have this level, you don’t need my help! This is where you understand virtually EVERYTHING you hear or read. You understand humor, subtle differences, and YOU speak very fluently.

The Four Skills of English

In the descriptions of the different levels, I have focused on speaking (with a little bit of listening too).

That is because speaking is what most English learners are concerned about when learning English.

But be aware that you might have a B2 level for reading and A2 level for listening, for example. That is something to think about when evaluating yourself.