Test your English

This test consists of 50 multiple choice questions. It is designed to give a general indication of your level. You can use it to tell us your approximate level on your application form. It tests your knowledge of English grammar. It does not test your speaking, listening and writing skills so is not an accurate placement test.

All students take a complete level test on their first day at school. If you choose to take an examination course, we will also send you an additional pre-course test to check that the examination you have chosen is the right level for you.

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Class Level Descriptions

English in Chester Level Common European Framework (CEFR) CEFR Summary
(for start of stage)
Cambridge Examinations / Available exam dates IELTS (exam dates monthly) Can do statements
False beginner to low elementary A1
You can understand and use very basic phrases. You can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live and who you know. View

Students have completed this stage if they can do these things...

  • Can understand basic instructions or take part in a basic factual conversation on a predictable topic.
  • Can understand basic notices, instructions or information.
  • Can complete basic forms, and write notes including times, dates and places.
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate A2
You can understand basic sentences and frequently used expressions. You can communicate in simple situations. A2 Key
Not available at English in Chester.

Students have completed this stage if they can do these things...

  • Can express simple opinions or requirements in a familiar context.
  • Can understand straightforward information within a known area, such as on products and signs and simple textbooks or reports on familiar matters.
  • Can complete forms and write short simple letters or postcards related to personal information.
Intermediate B1
You can make effective and independent use of the language in familiar situations although there are still lapses in communication. B1 Preliminary
Not available at English in Chester.
4.0 to 5.0 View

Students have completed this stage if they can do these things...

  • Can express opinions on abstract/cultural matters in a limited way or offer advice within a known area, and understand instructions or public announcements.
  • Can understand routine information and articles, and the general meaning of non-routine information within a familiar area.
  • Can write letters or make notes on familiar or predictable matters.
Upper-Intermediate B2
Your use of language is consistent and usually appropriate but lapses in fluency and accuracy still occur in complex situations. B2 First
March, June, July, August, December
5.0 to 6.5 View

Students have completed this stage if they can do these things...

  • Can follow or give a talk on a familiar topic or keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics.
  • Can scan texts for relevant information, and understand detailed instructions or advice.
  • Can make notes while someone is talking or write a letter including non-standard requests.
Advanced C1
(Effective Proficiency)
You have a good command of the language. It is fluent, accurate and well-organised with only a few uncertainties in complex and difficult situations. C1 Advanced
June, July, August, December
6.5 to 8.0 View

Students have completed this stage if they can do these things...

  • Can contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area of work or keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency, coping with abstract expressions.
  • Can read quickly enough to cope with an academic course, to read the media for information or to understand non-standard correspondence.
  • Can prepare/draft professional correspondence, take reasonably accurate notes in meetings or write an essay which shows an ability to communicate.
English in Chester only offer 1:1 classes at this level.
You have an excellent command of the language and can tackle the most difficult tasks. C2 Proficiency
Not available at English in Chester.
8.0 to 9.0 View

Students have completed this stage if they can do these things...

  • Can advise on or talk about complex or sensitive issues, understanding colloquial references and dealing confidently with hostile questions.
  • Can understand documents, correspondence and reports, including the finer points of complex texts.
  • Can write letters on any subject and full notes of meetings or seminars with good expression and accuracy.

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