You do not need to worry too much about your current level of the language! If you have previous experience of studying the language and are of at least an 'elementary' level of the language (please see below for further information on how to gauge your level), you will take a level test on arrival at the school. This will allow you to be placed in a suitable group with students of a similar level to yourself.
Of course, beginners do not need to take this test, as they are placed in groups with other beginners.
In many locations, if you have previous experience of studying the language, you would be welcome to start your course on any Monday! There are also regular start dates for beginners at all of our schools. You can view all start dates by using the 'Find a course' quotation tool located in the top left hand corner of our website.
On our website, you will see that we mention four broad language levels. Our schools usually have 6-7 broad levels by which they grade students, and the levels on our website are designed just to give them an idea of the general level of each student, so that they know whether you should take a level test, and whether the course chosen will be appropriate for their level (for more on this, please see below).
We would describe a student as a 'beginner' if they have no previous experience of studying the language. Beginners should start on a start date suitable for all levels. Beginners are placed in groups with other beginners.
If you have previous experience of studying the language, and are able to introduce yourself, ask/answer simple questions and use numbers in dates and times, we would expect that you have an 'elementary' level.
Students of an 'intermediate' level should be able to 'get by' in the language on a day-to-day basis, but with limited vocabulary, and are not familiar with advanced grammar.
Good knowledge of the language, with broad vocabulary and able to use complex grammar with few mistakes (e.g. a university graduate).
Most of our schools base their levels on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The website of the CEFR offers further information on each level.
|CEFR Levels||Our Levels|
|A - Basic User|
|• A1 Breakthrough||Beginner|
|• A2 Waystage||Lower elementary|
|B - Independent User|
|• B1 Threshold||Upper elementary|
|• B2 Vantage||Lower intermediate|
|C - Proficient User|
|• C1 Effective Operational Proficiency||Upper intermediate|
|• C2 Mastery||Advanced|
If you have any further questions regarding your level, please do not hesitate to contact us as we will be very pleased to help.
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