The CEFR Levels - From beginner to pro

6 June 2020
Wondering what your job applicants' or employees' true language levels are? The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) scale is a useful tool for this.

ElaN Learning employs this standardised method of assessing a person's language skills. Plus we added our own level: A0, for absolute beginners with no knowledge whatsoever of the language in question. This gives us a fuller and more realistic picture of the situation. 


Learn about the different levels on this page. Or read our extensive explanation.


Basic user | Waystage

  • can understand sentences and frequently used expressions about matters of immediate relevance (personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment); 
  • can communicate on a simple level about familiar and routine matters; 
  • can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and various needs.


Independent | Vantage

  • can understand the main ideas of a complex text; 
  • reacts with a degree of spontaneity and fluency that makes interactions with native speakers possible without strain; 
  • can write a clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects;
  • can explain a viewpoint and give the advantages and disadvantages of various options. 


Proficient | Mastery

  • can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read; 
  • can summarise information from different spoken en written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation; 
  • can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning.

Do you have further questions about your job applicants' and employees' language levels?

Please feel free to contact Cathy De Ceuster, our Business Development Manager.



Tel.: +32 (0)468 28 14 16