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About the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. It describes language ability on a six-point scale, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for those who have mastered a language. This makes it easy for anyone involved in language teaching and testing, such as teachers or learners, to see the level of different qualifications. It also means that employers and educational institutions can easily compare our qualifications to other exams in their country.
What exams are on the CEFR?
The diagram below shows all of our English exams on the CEFR.
*Linguaskill reports up to a maximum score of 180+ , which equates to C1 (or above) on the CEFR scale.
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More information about the CEFR
- The relationship between Cambridge English, the CEFR and English Profile
- Listen to an interview with Dr Nick Saville to find out about the importance of the CEFR worldwide
- Download Using the CEFR: Principles of good practice
- Read about ALTE and the Can-Do statements
- Examples of Speaking test performance at CEFR Levels A2C2
- Find more information on the CEFR on the Council of Europe website