Certificazione IELTS Exam


The common European framework of reference for languages differentiates users in three major groups; Basic (A), Independent (B) and Proficient (C).Each group is composed of two subgroups, for a total of six levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. A1  represents the lowest level of competence, while C2 is the highest. A description of the needed abilities for each level is  provided below.


A – Basic User

A1 – Livello base Beginner

They can comprehend very basic phrases and use common everyday expressions.

  • They can interact in a simple way, as long as the other person speaks slowly and clearly.
  • They can introduce themselves and others. They can ask and answer questions about personal details: such as where he/she lives, people they know and things they have.

A2 – Elementary Level

They can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very  basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).

  • They can communicate in simple and  routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • They can describe in  simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B – Independent User

B1 – Intermediate

They can understand the main points on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

  • They can  deal with most situations that likely arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • They can produce  simple text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • They can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes  and ambitions. They can also briefly give reasons and explanations for their opinions and plans.

B2 – Upper Intermediate

  • They can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions  in their field of expertise.
  • They can interact with a degree of fluency that makes regular interaction  with native speakers possible without strain for either party.
  • They can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects, and also explain  heir viewpoint on a typical issue giving their advantages and disadvantages on various options.

C – Proficient User

C1 – Advanced

  • They can understand a wide range of complex text, and recognize implicit meaning.
  • They can express ideas fluently and  spontaneously without much need for explanations.
  • They can distinguish and interchange the language effectively for  social, academic and professional purposes.
  • They can produce clear, well-structured and detailed text on complex subjects.

C2 – Mastery or Full Proficiency

  • They can understand virtually everything heard or read with ease
  • They can summarize information from both spoken and  ritten sources, by reconstructing the arguments and accounts into a coherent presentation.
  • They can express  themselves spontaneously with extreme precise and fluency! All of this while differentiating the finer shades of meaning,  even from the most complex situations.