French Levels (CEFR)

Do you know your level of French? Test it here!

Prêt à Parler uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), a tool developed by the Council of Europe to define the mastery of a foreign language like French, according to different criteria. It has been a reference in the field of learning and teaching French since 2001.

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CEFR Levels:

A0-A1: Beginner

  • Can recognise and use familiar words and simple phrases for concrete purposes.
  • Can introduce himself or someone else and can ask and answer basic questions such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  • Can communicate in a basic way when the other person speaks slowly and clearly, and is ready to repeat or reformulate to help communication.

A2: Elementary

  • Can understand isolated phrases and common expressions that relate to areas of high personal relevance (like personal or family information, shopping, immediate environment, work).
  • Can communicate during easy or habitual tasks requiring a basic and direct information exchange on familiar subjects, using simple words.
  • Can describe his or her surroundings and communicate immediate needs.

B1: Intermediate

  • Can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar subjects in work, school, leisure activities, etc.
  • Can manage in most situations that come up when travelling in a region where the language is spoken.
  • Can produce a simple and cohesive text on familiar subjects or subjects of personal interest.
  • Can narrate an event, an experience or a dream; describe a desire or goal, and outline reasons or explanations behind a project or idea.

B2: Upper Intermediate

  • Can understand the main ideas of concrete or abstract topics in a complex text, including a technical article in the user’s area of expertise.
  • Can communicate with a degree of spontaneity and fluency during a conversation with a native speaker, in a way that is comfortable for everyone.
  • Can speak in a clear, detailed way on a number of subjects; express an opinion on current affairs, giving the advantages and disadvantages of the various options.

C1: Advanced

  • Can understand a wide range of long and complex texts, including any subtextual or stylistic nuances.
  • Can express him or herself freely and fluidly, without obviously fumbling for words.
  • Can use the language effectively and fluently in a social, professional or academic context.
  • Can speak in a clear, organised way about complex subjects, developing a well-structured argument.

C2: Proficient

  • Can effortlessly understand almost everything he or she reads or hears.
  • Capable of a coherent summary of events or arguments from oral or written sources.
  • Can express him or herself precisely in a spontaneous, fluent way, conveying finer shades of meaning precisely.