City & Guilds and ESOL levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 

City & Guilds and CEFR english levels

Levels for International ESOL and SESOL, as mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference

 CEFR LevelCEFR titlesCity & Guilds titles 
 A1 Breakthrough Preliminary
 A2 Waystage Access
 B1 Threshold Achiever
 B2 Vantage Communicator
 C1 Effective operational proficiency Expert
 C2 Mastery Mastery

Which level is right for me?

Level A1 
You can use everyday expressions & very basic phrases for practical needs; ask & answer questions about personal details; understand short texts on familiar topics & obtain information from signs & symbols; write simple sentences in documents, ie forms.
Level A2
You can understand sentences & frequently-used expressions; communicate in tasks requiring exchange of information; obtain information from short documents, familiar sources, signs & symbols; write to communicate with some awareness of intended audience
Level B1
You can understand main points of clear standard communication; convey information, feelings & opinions on familiar topics; engage in discussion to reach shared understanding; produce simple connected text; describe experiences, events, hopes & ambitions.
Level B2
You can understand main ideas of complex communication; interact with a degree of fluency & spontaneity without strain for either party; engage in discussion in familiar & unfamiliar situations; communicate in detail, appropriate to purpose & audience.
You can understand demanding texts & recognise implicit meaning; use language fluently & spontaneously; engage in discussion making clear & effective contributions; produce well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects; communicate ideas effectively.
You can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read; summarise information, reconstruct arguments & accounts coherently; express self spontaneously, fluently & precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
IESOL Qualification Handbook November2010 v26 ISESOL_qualification_handbook_V10_June_2010.pdf

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