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» 'Can Do' Statements

You can track your progress using the 'can do' statements below or by taking our online level test

At the end of Beginner (A1):

  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • You can introduce yourself and others.
  • You can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, what you do, people you know and things you have.
  • You can ask and give directions.
  • You can order food and drink.
  • You can make very basic travel and accommodation arrangements.
  • You can have a basic conversation, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

At the end of Elementary (A2):

  • You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas including basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography and employment.
  • You can communicate in simple and routine tasks, requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • You can describe, in simple terms, aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
  • You can comfortably 'get by' when visiting the country, albeit with some difficulty.

At the end of Intermediate (B1):

  • You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • You can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • You can describe experiences and events.
  • You can talk about dreams, hopes and ambitions.
  • You can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
  • You could consider working in the country using the language (e.g. bar/counter work, waiting service in cafés or basic office work).

At the end of Upper Intermediate (B2):

  • You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation.
  • You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible, without strain for either party.
  • You can 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.
  • You can do business with speakers of the language in most run-of-the-mill situations.

At the end of Advanced (C1):

  • You can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • You can use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • You can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, logical flow of text, and clear awareness of the audience.

At the end of Proficient (C2):

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