A Basic level (Cambridge 1) A1 (Cambridge 1 – Beginner)
You can understand and express yourself at a very basic level and provide simple information about yourself and your family and work. You can get by in very basic everyday situations such as shopping, ordering in a restaurant, etc. You can ask and answer the most elementary questions in simple, everyday situations.
You can read and write simple sentences about common everyday topics such as your family, home and leisure. You can introduce yourself and others, read a menu and fill out common forms at hotels or at the tourist office.
A2 (Cambridge 1 – Elementary)
You can understand simple instructions and questions and can take part in simple conversations in everyday situations such as at a hotel, restaurant, work and in private contexts.
You are able to understand the most important information in plain language when it is spoken slowly. You can express yourself in simple language in everyday situations, give simple instructions and participate actively in a simple conversation about common everyday subjects.
You can express the difference between present, past and future events.
You are able to read and understand short, simple texts in their entirety and find specific information in more advanced authentic texts.
You can read and understand common forms, menus, timetables, etc.
B Intermediate level (Cambridge 2-4) B1 and B1+ (Cambridge 2 and 3 – Pre-intermediate and intermediate)
You can understand the most important content of an ordinary conversation that is spoken in natural, but slow and clear language as well as understand the most important content in radio and television broadcasts about common everyday topics.
You can handle most common, everyday situations (small talk, work, travel, etc) in understandable and reasonably fluent, yet simple and not completely error-free language.
You can take part in a discussion, respond to questions and reproduce information about common everyday subjects.
You can understand the most important content of authentic texts written in everyday language about common topics.
You can read letters about personal topics as well as understand the most important statements in more advanced texts about more advanced topics.
B2 (Cambridge 4 – Upper Intermediate)
You can understand more complex, but clearly structured speech and instructions that are spoken at a normal pace in natural standard language about common subjects as long as complicated expressions are not used.
You can follow and understand the most important content of television and radio broadcasts such as the news or live commentary, as well as understand the gist of films spoken in the target language.
You can actively participate in discussions with native speakers about common topics and express your opinion in nuanced standard language.
You can read non-fiction and fictional texts that are written in normal standard language.
C Advanced level (Cambridge 5-6) C1 (Cambridge 5 – Advanced)
You can understand plain standard language even when the background is not clearly defined, and the speech is more unstructured or is slightly influenced by a dialect. You can watch television and films and listen to radio broadcasts in the target language almost effortlessly.
You can express yourself fluently and virtually effortlessly in nuanced standard language; You can express your opinion and participate in a discussion with native speakers without their having to take your linguistic abilities into consideration.
You can give a presentation or lecture in clear standard language.
You can read virtually all texts (fiction, articles and technical language) and can also understand more complex details in a text.
You can adapt your language style to a particular situation and recipient.
C2 (Cambridge 6 – Proficiency)
You can understand all spoken language, including films and radio broadcasts, down to the last detail, and you can also understand dialects if you have a little time to listen and get used to the dialect.
You can participate in discussions on all subjects on an equal footing with a native speaker. You are familiar with idiomatic expressions and you can express yourself in nuanced, fluent and error-free language.
You can give presentations, lectures, etc. in well-structured and articulate language on an equal footing with a native speaker.
You can read all kinds of common texts without difficulty and you can also understand very complex texts and technical language on an equal footing with a native language user.