Have you ever needed to fill out the language section on a job application or your profile in LinkedIn? Were you a little confused as to what level of proficiency you have achieved? You are not the only one. For better (or for worse) there are a number of “proficiency scales” or charts that most professional organizations such as language institutes, or corporations use to determine the level of language proficiency achieved by non-native English speakers.

We put the following chart together to provide you with a quick reference on the main used proficiency measurements for English language proficiency globally. Please note that we have also included a column to show you how we, at ALTA English label our courses in regard to those proficiency measurements. Hope you will find this useful.

About the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR)

The Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) is an unfunded Federal interagency organization established for the coordination and sharing of information about language-related activities at the Federal level. It serves as the premier way for departments and agencies of the Federal government to keep abreast of the progress and implementation of techniques and technology for language learning, language use, language testing and other language related activities.

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About the Common European Framework (CEFR)

The result of over twenty years of research, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) is exactly what its title says it is: a framework of reference. It was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency. It is used in Europe but also in other continents and is now available in 39 languages.

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