Self-assessment of Language Proficiency


In order to find a suitable tandem partner, it is very important that you provide us with an honest and conscientious assessement of your language profiency levels. For this assessment, the classification according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is appropriate. Whoever is unsure about his or her level of proficiency can take an online-assessment here.

A: Basic User

A1: Beginner

I can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and sentences, am able to introduce myself and others and can ask and answer questions concerning personal details (e.g place of domicile, hobbies, etc.).

I can interact in a simple way, provided that the other person speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to help.


A2 – Elementary User

I can understand sentences and common phrases that are related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. personal information, shopping, work, local geography)

I can manage simple, routine tasks requiring simple exchanges of information on familiar matters.



B: Independent User

B1 – Intermediate User

I can understand main ideas of oral contributions if clear, standard language is being used and familiar subjects like work, leisure time, school etc. are being addressed.

I am able to manage most of the situations one is confronted with when traveling the language area.

I can easily and fluently talk about familiar subjects and personal areas of interest, as well as report on and describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes, and goals. Furthermore, I can shortly explain plans and opinions.


B2 – Upper Intermediate User

(high school/ secondary school graduate)

I am able to understand the major contents of complex texts addressing concrete and abstract subjects; in my personal area of expertise even technical discussions.

I can hold a spontaneous and fluent conversation with native speakers without much effort from either side. I am able to express myself clearly and detailed about a broad spectrum of topics, can explain a position on a current issue and state advantages and disadvantages of different possibilities.





C: Proficient User

C1 – Advanced User

(A-Levels in English)

I can understand a broad spectrum of challenging, longer texts and grasp even implicit meanings. I can express myself spontaneously and fluently without obvious search for expressions. I can use the language in social and professional life or in job training or academic studies effectively and flexible. I can express myself clearly, precisely and detailed concerning complex subject matters and suitably use different connectors and other cohesive devices of speech.

C2 – Proficient User

I can understand nearly everything I read or hear effortlessly. In can express myself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely and am able to, even concerning more complex subject matters, differentiate finer shades of meaning.



Source: The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: