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CEF Alignment

These alignments are approximate only. Most are based on claims by the examining bodies themselves.

Most examination bodies now attempt to align or "benchmark" their tests or scores to the Common European Framework. It should be realised that this is an inexact science and all attempts at correspondence are approximate only. The following table shows the CEF levels with corresponding levels for the most common tests and examinations.

Exams and Testsn/aCommon European Framework
A1A2B1B2C1C2
Cambridge ESOL ExaminationsGeneral English  KETPETFCECAECPE
BEC   PreliminaryVantageHigher 
YLEStartersMoversFlyers    
Pearson Test of EnglishPTE General A1 Foun-
dation
1 Elemen-
tary
2 Inter-
mediate
3 Upper-
Inter-
mediate
4 Advanced5 Proficient
PTE Academic   43-5859-7576-84 
City & Guilds Prelim.AccessAchieverCommu-
nicator
ExpertMastery
IELTS 1.0-2.53.03.5-4.55.0-6.06.5-7.07.5-9.0
TOEIC L&RListening 60110275400490 
Reading 60115275385(455) 
TOEIC S&WSpeaking 5090120160200 
Writing 3070120150200 
TOEIC BridgeListening 466484   
Reading 467086   
TOEFL iBTReading   8222829
Listening   132126 
Speaking 813192328 
Writing  11172128 
Total   57-8687-109110-120 
BULATS 0-1920-3940-5960-7475-8990-100
LCCIEnglish for Business Prelim.Prelim./11/22/33/44
SEFIC Prelim.1234 
English for Tourism  12   
TrinityISE  0IIIIII 
GESE123/45/67/8/910/1112
SEW   SEW 1SEW 2/3SEW 4 
STEP EIKEN  3-5Pre-22Pre-11 
Updated: March 2010

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