What’s my English Level?

What is IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, CLB, CEFR?

They are the Canadian Language Benchmarks but what do these mean and how do they compare? More importantly, how do I know what my English level is?

Terminology

IELTS: International English Language Testing System
TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
PTE: Pearson Test of English
CLB: Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks
CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

If you got your IELTS or TOEFL results – hurray! Congratulations! Ah, at least I think so?

Figuring out your level of English can be challenging, especially as different parts of the world use different systems.

The table below will help you place yourself in the correct category for choosing the right “English as a Second Language” course.

IELTS TOEFL PTE Cambridge Exams CLB CEFR Name
9 120 88-90 CPE – A 12 C2 Proficiency / near native
8 110 79-87 CPE – A 11
7.5 105 73-78 CPE – B 10
7 100 63-72 CAE – A 9 C1 Advanced
6.5 90 58-62 CAE – B 8
6 84 50-57 CAE – C 7 B2 Intermediate
6 80 FCE – A 6
5.5 71 42-49 FCE – B B1
5 61 35-41 FCE – C 5 Pre-Intermediate
4.5-5 29-34 PET
<4 22-29 KET 4 A2 Advanced Beginner
21< A1 Beginner

An important thing to keep in mind is that some exam preparation courses teach students how to answer questions to get maximum marks. Their results may, therefore, not be a true reflection of their real language level.

* This table is meant as a guideline only.

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