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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 Tests n/a Common European Framework
A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
Cambridge ESOL Examinations General English     KET PET FCE CAE CPE
BEC       Preliminary Vantage Higher  
YLE Starters Movers Flyers        
Pearson Test of English PTE General   A1 Foun-
dation
1 Elemen-
tary
2 Inter-
mediate
3 Upper-
Inter-
mediate
4 Advanced 5 Proficient
PTE Academic       43-58 59-75 76-84  
City & Guilds   Prelim. Access Achiever Commu-
nicator
Expert Mastery
IELTS   1.0-2.5 3.0 3.5-4.5 5.0-6.0 6.5-7.0 7.5-9.0
TOEIC L&R Listening   60 110 275 400 490  
Reading   60 115 275 385 (455)  
TOEIC S&W Speaking   50 90 120 160 200  
Writing   30 70 120 150 200  
TOEIC Bridge Listening   46 64 84      
Reading   46 70 86      
TOEFL iBT Reading       8 22 28 29
Listening       13 21 26  
Speaking   8 13 19 23 28  
Writing     11 17 21 28  
Total       57-86 87-109 110-120  
BULATS   0-19 20-39 40-59 60-74 75-89 90-100
LCCI English for Business   Prelim. Prelim./1 1/2 2/3 3/4 4
SEFIC   Prelim. 1 2 3 4  
English for Tourism     1 2      
Trinity ISE     0 I II III  
GESE 1 2 3/4 5/6 7/8/9 10/11 12
SEW       SEW 1 SEW 2/3 SEW 4  
STEP EIKEN     3-5 Pre-2 2 Pre-1 1  
Updated: March 2010

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