Level A1


Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.

Can introduce him/herself and others and is able to ask and answer questions about personal details.

Can interact in a simple way.





Level A2


Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, work).

Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.



Level B1

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


Level B2

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics.

Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers comfortably possible.

Can produce clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue.



Level C1

Can understand a wide range of issues, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.

Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously.

Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex subjects.


Level C2

Can easily understand and process everything heard or read.

Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.

Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely even, in the most complex situations.




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