English Language Levels used on English4Today

English4Today uses for the CEFR standard (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). CEFR has six English levels that are accepted as the global standard for grading a person’s  English language proficiency. English4Today certificates for courses and assessment (English language level tests) will show the CEFR level as well as it’s equivalent description.
English Language Levels 1
English4Today English language levels



  • understand and use very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type
  • introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have
  • interact in a simple way if the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help



  • understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment)
  • communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
  • describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.



  • understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • deal with most situations while travelling in an area where the language is spoken
  • produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest
  • describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


Upper intermediate

  • understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialisation
  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party
  • produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


Advanced user

  • understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognise implicit meaning
  • express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions
  • use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes
  • produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.


Expert user

  • understand with ease virtually everything heard or read
  • summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation
  • express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.