Language Levels

We base our levels on the Common European Framework (CEF). Here is a description of these levels and examples of how they compare with other common standards.

LAL traditional level classifications

CEF

Cambridge

IELTS

TOEFL

Post-advanced

You can express yourself spontaneously, fluently and precisely and differentiate fine shades of meaning in a range of complex situations.

C2

CPE

 

 

7

Advanced

You are able to use the structures of the language with ease and fluency with minor lapses in accuracy and appropriateness.

C1

CAE

110 – 120

6

Upper-intermediate

You are able to handle the main structures of language with some confidence, demonstrate knowledge of an adequate range of vocabulary and use appropriate communicative strategies.

B2

FCE

87 – 109

5

Intermediate

You can communicate in a range of everyday situations which require largely predictable use of limited vocabulary and basic grammar.

B1

PET

57 – 86

4

3

Pre-intermediate

You can communicate in a limited number of the most familiar everyday situations.

A2

KET

Elementary

You can communicate in a very simple and limited fashion.

A1

Beginner/False Beginner

No oral or grammatical accuracy or fluency.

Our learning pledge

We’re confident that our teaching methodology and learning opportunities will allow you to reach your goals. We make sure that everyone is in the right class with a level test on the first day. If you do not progress as expected we will provide you with additional support to ensure your success at no additional cost. We guarantee you will reach your learning goals in the number of weeks below if:

  • You attend all your lessons
  • You participate fully in all classroom tasks and activities
  • Complete all homework
  • You use every opportunity to practise English outside the classroom
  • You have adequate linguistic capability
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