All Speakability tests are modelled on English as a Second Language (ESOL) examinations offered by all respected UK universities and higher educational institutions. Our grading is done by professional teachers using the same criteria as those UK universities and educational institutions.
Professional examinations comply with the internationally recognized Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) that defines the level of competence in the four key areas of English:
English language test levels
Elementary English – Level -A1
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). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Low Intermediate – Level – A1/A2
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Intermediate English – Level B1/B2
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans
Higher Intermediate – Level B2
Can understand the main ideas of complex pieces of writing. Keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics, expressing opinions and presenting arguments. Produce clear, detailed writing, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view, study in English at foundation level, work in an English-speaking environment, live independently in an English-speaking country.
Advanced English – Level B2/C1
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Proficiency – C2 >>>>>Bi Lingual
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.