CAELT certified tests and many of our practice tests are standardised against the globally recognised CEFR levels.

We also provide more common level guidance and, in our certified tests, a more granular and detailed explanation of a users English language proficiency level.

What is CEFR?

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, abbreviated in English as CEFR or CEF or CEFRL (compared to the German abbreviations GeR or GeRS, the French abbreviation CECR, the Italian QCER, or the Spanish MCER), is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries.

It was developed by the Council of Europe as the main part of the project “Language Learning for European Citizenship” between 1989 and 1996. Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching and assessing which applies to all languages in Europe.

In November 2001, a European Union Council Resolution recommended using the CEFR to set up systems of validation of language ability. The six reference levels  are now widely accepted as the European standard for grading an individual’s language proficiency.


A1 : Beginner

  • understand and use very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type
  • introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have
  • interact in a simple way if the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help

A2 : Low-intermediate

  • 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)
  • communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
  • describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B1 : Intermediate

  • understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • deal with most situations while travelling in an area where the language is spoken
  • produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest
  • describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 : Upper intermediate

  • understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialisation
  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party
  • 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.

C1 : Advanced user

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

C2 : Expert user

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

Sample Certificate

CAELT certificates of proficiency are secured using our WebCheck ID system. Each certificate has a unique ID number that the owner of the certificate can provide to anyone who requires that the certificate is validated. They can then enter the ID number on CAELT and view the full proficiency report for that user.

Certificate owners can print their certificate online or download the PDF version of it.