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CEFR

The CEFR

An International Standard

What is the CEFR?

The CEFR is the European standard of measuring language level. It provides a six point scale of language proficiency for many different language skills. The scale is widely used throughout the world and allows you and everyone you work with to understand exactly what your candidates can do with the language.

Proficient
Speaker

C2

Speakers have near-native language competence.

C1

Speakers have very clear, high level communication and good vocabulary with few mistakes.

Independent
Speaker

B2

Speakers can understand and speak clearly about most subjects. However, they may have some mistakes and search for the right word.

B1

Speakers can understand English spoken slowly and communicate about familiar topics. They make frequent mistakes but are understandable.

Basic
Speaker

A2

Speakers can use English for routine communications. They may be difficult to understand at times.

A1

Speakers can use English for very limited, routine communication only.

How Speaknow aligns with CEFR

The Speaknow Assessment aligns with the CEFR by using proficiency scales with the same descriptions of English skills to train our raters and algorithms for automated grading. The result is a set of scores that is easy to understand. Speaknow's use of the CEFR provides you with the information you need to make informed hiring and admissions decisions.