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Learn how to test your English level free online

November 29, 2018 / Allie / ENGLISH TEST

What are English Levels?

There are a variety of ways to measure your English level. You can take the TOEFL or IELTS test, but the more common way to test your English level is to use a test that is aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, more commonly known as the CEFR. The CEFR defines six levels of English speakers:

  • A1: Basic User
  • A2: Basic User
  • B1: Independent User
  • B2: Independent User
  • C1: Proficient User
  • C2: Proficient User

B1 is a good level to have if you use English at work. If you have a B1 English level, you can understand and use English to communicate with coworkers. Even though you may make some mistakes with words or verb tenses, people can understand you. You may have difficulty giving speeches or explaining yourself in detail.C1 is a good level to have if you are using English in an academic setting, such as a college or university. In a college, you need to explain and defend your thoughts and opinions, therefore you will need a more advanced level. Many colleges require students to earn high scores on assessments like TOEFL and IELTS to ensure they understand the language.


If you have taken an IELTS or TOEFL test, you can compare your scores to the CEFR to determine your English level.Image result for cefr toefl ielts Source: Wikimedia Commons

Where can I test my English level?

There are many free English tests available on the internet. Some are very valuable and provide a good evaluation, while others are not valid or reliable. The following are a list of tests that you should take if you want to test your English level. It doesn’t hurt to take them all!

Cambridge Online English test

The Cambridge Online English Test is a free assessment developed by Cambridge English, a division of the University of Cambridge in England. They offer several free versions of the test. The General English test is good for people who use English for travel or to communicate with international friends. Take the School English test if you plan on applying to an academic program where English is the main version of instruction. If you use English at work, the Business English test is good. Finally if you have children, under the age of 12, the Young Learners test will help you determine their English level.

British Council Online English test

The British Council offers free English resources online for English learners. Like Cambridge English, they offer free lessons, videos, and tutorials for English learners on their website. If you are interested in learning English, the British Council Online English test is a great test to start with to determine your English level.

Other Online English Tests

Throughout the United States, a variety of independent schools offer English programs for individuals interested in learning English, especially students who plan to apply to American universities and business professionals. Many of these schools offer free language resources online,and have also developed their own online free English tests for English learners. The following tests are valid and reliable tests to try if you are interested in learning English.


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