Language Course Levels
The typical levels at our partner schools range from 100% beginner to well advanced speakers. In most cases, these levels are divided into 6 or 7 stages, in accordance with the CEF (Common European Framework).
The levels are:
Depending on the course, there may be special starting dates for 100% beginners or minimum level requirements for certain course types (often exam preparation and business courses).
Please refer to the details of each course description to find out about possible restrictions in level or date.
How to determine your current language level
Your level will usually be determined upon arrival by the school staff on your first day of school. Sometimes, it will be necessary to fill in an online questionnaire before your departure. However, this can never replace a face-to-face interview, which also tests your speaking and listening skills that are essential to master a language. The test at the school will be the only relevant rating for your course level.
How to estimate your language learning progress
|The below table will enable you to estimate the approximate time to improve from one level to another. The time neededin order to improve depends on your current level in a language (does not apply to Chinese or Russian). Please bear in mind that this is only a rough guide and the evaluation test at the beginning of your course will determine your entry level.|
| 100% |
|Beginner||Elementary||Intermediate||Advanced|| Well |
|A1||4 weeks||2 weeks||-||-||-||-|
|A2||10 weeks||6 weeks||2 weeks||-||-||-|
|B1||16 weeks||12 weeks||6-8 weeks||2 weeks||-||-|
|B2||22 weeks||18 weeks||12-14 weeks||6-8 weeks||2 weeks||-|
|C1||26 weeks||22 weeks||18-20 weeks||12-14 weeks||6-8 weeks||2 weeks|
|C2||32 weeks||28 weeks||24-26 weeks||18-20 weeks||12-14 weeks||6-8 weeks|
Mapping a language exam to the CEF
For each language you can take exams which certify your capabilities. All European language exams (English, German, French, Spanish) have been restructured in recent years in order to match to the CEF. More information on the details can be found on our language exam preparation website.The equivalent of the European framework to local exam standards.
|Level||Official name||Bulats||Cambridge||IELTS||BEC||TOEIC||DELF |
|DELF A1||-|| SD1 / |
|A2||Way stage||KET||-||-||-|| |
|DELF A2||-||SD2 / |
|B1||Threshold||PET||4.0- 5.0||-||Preliminary|| |
|DELF B2||Intermedio||B2 or |
|DALF C1||-||C1 / |
|DALF C2||Superior|| |