Your Level of English
Your level of English
When you first enrol on a course at Rose of York, you will have a placement test, which includes grammar, vocabulary, writing and speaking. We will assess your level of English based on these results and place you in the correct class.
You will take a test every five weeks to assess your progress and level. If you have improved sufficiently at the end of course, and achieved a score of 80% or more on the test, you will be able to move up a level. Lots of our students progress well during their time at Rose of York.
At Rose of York we follow the Common European Framework of Reference for English language levels (CEFR A1-C2). You can check your current level by looking at the tables below.
What do these levels mean? Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
CEFR A1 (Elementary) Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. CEFR A2 (Pre-Intermediate) Can 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.Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information. CEFR B1 (Intermediate) Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. CEFR B2 (Upper-Intermediate) Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity with native speakers. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects. CEFR C1 (Advanced) Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. CEFR C2 (Proficiency Can understand with ease virtually 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, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
You can check your current level by looking at the ‘Can Do’ CEFR table below:
Your level now Approx Study time Your new level Cambridge Exam level /IELTS Score Elementary A1 Study 15-20 weeks Pre Intermediate A2 KET IELTS 2.5-3.5 Pre-Intermediate A2 Study 15-20 weeks Intermediate B1 PET IELTS 4.0 – 5.0 Intermediate B1 Study 15-20 weeks Upper Intermediate B2 FCE IELTS 5.5 – 6.5 Upper Intermediate B2 Study 20 weeks Advanced C1 CAE IELTS 7.0 – 8.0 Advanced C1 Study 20 weeks Proficiency C2 CPE IELTS 8.5 – 9.0
Students studying at Rose of York towards the Academic IELTS exam in 2015 have achieved the following results:
IELTS SCORE BAND TOTAL % OF STUDENTS 7-7.5 27% 6-6.5 64% 5-5.5 1%