English Levels

No matter what level of English-language skills you have right now, CES has a course that will meet your needs. Each one of our courses has been carefully developed to ensure you can meet your own individual learning goals.
Whether you need to improve your own English for work or study, we’ll help you get to the level you need. If you are not sure which course is best for you, our professional academic team is available to help and advise you on your language course choices. 
Below, our diagram explains how your level relates to our available courses, IELTS scores and much more.

What levels does CES teach?

Find out more about different language levels with a description of a typical learner at that level. You might like to take a test to find your level!


Students have little or no English. They may be able to use a few words or phrases and recognise a very small number of written words.

Council of Europe 6-Level Scale A1  / IELTS 1



Students use very limited language, in short sentences and isolated words for basic needs and simple situations. Sometimes they are able to communicate in predictable "survival" situations but do not have enough language to communicate in most everyday situations.  Communication is dependent on repetition in simple language at a slower rate of speech. 

Council of Europe 6-Level Scale A1+ / IELTS 2-3 / TOEIC 10 - 250


Students produce basic language in familiar situations, but have frequent problems with fluency, accuracy and organisation of language. Basic mistakes can confuse the meaning of what they are trying to communicate. They can can interact in easy situations and short conversations. Communication is often a great effort.

Council of Europe 6-Level Scale A2 / IELTS 4.0 / TOEFL 450 / TOEIC 255 - 400


Students usually understand general meanings and can use language effectively in familiar situations. They can interact with some confidence when dealing with familiar topics. Fluency and accuracy are often weak, and language often incorrect although they can express themselves reasonably clearly.

Council of Europe 6-Level Scale B1/ IELTS 4.5 – 5.5 / TOEFL 450-500 / TOEIC 405-600 / Cambridge FCE Grade C


Students use the language with confidence in all but very demanding situations, though sometimes the language used is inaccurate or inappropriate. Fluency and comprehension will occasionally be weak, but the general standard of both is good. Students can interact on most occasions spontaneously and easily and can express themselves clearly with little sign of having to restrict what they want to convey. 

Council of Europe 6-Level Scale B2/IELTS 6.0 – 7.0 / TOEFL 500 – 600 / TOEIC 605 – 780 / Cambridge FCE Grade A / B


Students have an excellent command of the language, with occasional minor inaccuracies. Language is appropriate to the context. Complex constructions are usually well handled and errors are infrequent. Difficult subjects may make interaction more difficult, but students have strategies to use appropriately vague language.  Misunderstandings may still occur in unfamiliar situations but communication breakdown can always be avoided.

Council of Europe 6-Level Scale C1/ IELTS 8.0 – 9.0 / TOEFL 600 – 650 / TOEIC 785-900 / Cambridge Advanced Grade A/B/C


Students can take part effortlessly in any conversation or discussion. They can find the right language for the context and can express themselves fluently and express very exact  meanings clearly. Students can consistently maintain a high degree of control over their use of language. Errors are unusual and difficult to spot. 

Council of Europe 6-Level Scale C2, Cambridge Proficiency