EFL Exam & Level

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EFL Exam Levels Chart

Level

Common European Framework Level and Descriptions

IELTS

8 Expert Proficient User: You can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. You can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. You can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations. C2 Band 9
7 Proficient Band 7 – 8
6 Advanced Proficient User: You can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. You can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. You can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. C1 Band 6 – 7
5 Upper-intermediate Independent User: You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation. You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. You 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. B2 Band 4 – 5
4 Intermediate Independent User: You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. You can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. You can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. B1 Band 3 – 4
3 Lower-intermediate Basic User: You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). You can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. You can describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. A2 Band 1 – 2
2 Elementary Band 1
1 Beginner Basic User: You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases. You can introduce yourself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have. You can take part in simple conversations, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help you. A1

 

General English – Cambridge Main Suite of Exams

Exam

What is this exam?

KET – Cambridge Key English Test KET tests basic communication skills in English, and is the first of the 5 level Cambridge Main Suite examinations. There are 3 components: reading/writing, listening and speaking..
PET – Cambridge Preliminary English Test PET tests the language skills needed to survive in social and work situations in an English-speaking environment. PET has 4 components: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
FCE – Cambridge First Certificate in English This is an examination at an intermediate level, requiring competence in all the language skills. It is widely recognised in commerce and industry, and by educational institutions in Britain and overseas as proof of language ability at an intermediate level. The exam is composed of reading, writing, use of English, listening and speaking.
CAE – Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English This is an examination at an advanced level and is suitable for people who require English for professional or study purposes. There is an emphasis on real-life tasks. It is also recognised by the majority of British universities as fulfilling English Language entrance requirements. CAE has 5 components: reading, writing, English in use, listening and speaking.
CPE – Cambridge Proficiency in English This is an examination at an advanced level, which is recognised as fulfilling English language requirements by British universities, and for business and academic purposes overseas. CPE has 5 components: reading comprehension, composition, use of English, listening comprehension and an interview

 

Academic Examinations

Exam

What is this exam?

IELTS – International English Language Testing System IELTS is recognised as an entrance requirement by British, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian universities and for secondary, vocational and training programmes. It is also accepted by some US institutions. All candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All candidates take the same listening and speaking modules. The choice of reading and writing modules is determined by the purpose for taking IELTS. The academic reading and writing modules are suitable for those seeking admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses. General Training Reading and Writing modules are suitable for candidates who are going to English-speaking countries to complete their secondary education or to undertake work experience, or training programmes not at degree level. The General Training modules are also used for immigration purposes.
TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL evaluates the English proficiency of individuals whose native language is not English. Most people who take the TOEFL test are planning to study at colleges and universities in the United States or Canada. TOEFL is also used by institutions in other countries where English is the language of instruction. In addition, many government agencies, scholarship programmes, and licensing/certification agencies use TOEFL scores to evaluate English proficiency.
TOEIC – Test of English for International Communication TOEIC is an English language proficiency test for people whose native language is not English. It tests English used in the workplace. The TOEIC test is a 2-hour, paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice test that consists of 200 questions divided into 2 separately timed sections: listening & reading.
CELS – Cambridge Certificates in English Language Skills CELS covers the 4 skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking at 3 levels: Preliminary, Intermediate and Higher. The aim of CELS is to assess English Language competence through a variety of tasks based on authentic texts. It allows candidates the flexibility to choose to do as little as one skill at a particular level, or build up a profile of skills at different levels.

 

Business & Professional Examinations

Exam

What is this exam?

LCCI – London Chamber of Commerce and Industry There are 2 written exams designed to test knowledge of the English language for communicating in business and commercial contexts. TheEnglish for Business (EFB) and English for Commerce (EFC) are available at 3 levels.
The Spoken English for Industry and Commerce (SEFIC) exam provides useful proof of students’ ability to communicate in a social and work environment.
SEFIC – London Chamber of Commerce & Industry for Spoken English for International Communication This examination has 5 levels, from a basic “survival” ability to cope in everyday work situations, to a high standard of oral English with the ability to cope easily with any social or business situation. Specialist knowledge of business vocabulary is required at the advanced levels. The speaking and listening skills tested are those required in order to communicate orally in practical work- or business-related situations.
EFB – English for Business This examination has 4 levels, from a test of ‘survival’ skills in written English and its use in basic office communication, to the high level ability to write and understand English for a range of business topics, and in formats used in business communication. Reading and writing skills are tested in the completion of a series of simulated “real-life” business tasks, plus an optional oral test for non-native speakers at Second and Third Levels.
EFC – English for Commerce This examination has 3 levels, testing knowledge of written English from a basic level to advanced use for business. A knowledge of business practice and the ability to discuss commercial and economic issues are required for the advanced levels. It tests the candidate’s knowledge and comprehension of written English, and the ability to use language efficiently and appropriately in a business context. An optional oral test is available for non-native speakers at Second and Third Levels.
BEC – Cambridge Business English Certificates This is a series of proficiency tests designed to meet the international business needs of learners of English as a foreign language. It is an examination in reading, writing, listening and speaking in work-related situations, aimed at three levels of competence: BEC 1 (lower-intermediate), BEC 2 (upper-intermediate) and BEC 3 (advanced).