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This activity allows you to assess your level of English language ability in the four main skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. It looks at your skills in general communication, not in the academic English used for study.

You will rate yourself against a publicly recognised checklist of language skills based on the European Language Portfolio, which was developed as part of theCommon European Framework of Reference for Languages. Your score will place you into one of three categories:

  • a basic user (levels A1 or A2)
  • a fairly confident user (levels B1 or B2)
  • a very fluent and skilled user (levels C1 or C2).

For each skill, you will read a series of statements about your language ability.  Choose the one that best sums up your level of language for that skill.

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For screen-reader or voice-recognition users, we recommend an accessible version of this activity.


  • You have a set of six choices to describe different aspects of your listening ability.
  • Choose the statement that you fully understand and that best sums up your level of English for this skill.

Listening 1 - Conversations and discussions

Listening 2 – General information and recordings

Listening 3 – Instructions and technical information