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ALTE Levels and "Can Do" Statements

The ALTE "Can Do" statements exist in 13 European languages

The Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) is a group of leading European language testing organizations (for example Cambridge ESOL, a founding member). To help people understand examination results, ALTE developed a series of "Can Do" statements describing what a person "can do" using the language at a particular level and in a particular context. The four contexts are: general, social & tourist, work, and study. The table below shows the 6 ALTE levels (related to CEF levels), together with the ALTE "Can Do" statements (in the context of general language).

ALTE levels ALTE "Can Do" statements (context: general) Equivalent CEF levels
listening/speakingreadingwriting
5CAN 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.C2
4CAN 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.C1
3CAN 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.B2
2CAN 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.B1
1CAN 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. A2
BreakthroughCAN 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.A1

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