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Check Your Level

Before enrolling on one of our language courses, please check your level using the self-assessment guidelines below.

Language Courses Self-Assessment
Level Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 
Beginner No prior knowledge required. You should be able to introduce yourself and briefly describe someone; tell the time and have some knowledge of numbers; understand the usage of present regular verbs and prepositions such as in/ to/under/next to etc; use masculine and feminine forms/or approximately 20 hours of formal prior study. You should be able to talk about your daily activities; order in a cafe; describe a place and give directions; say what you like or dislike; use common irregular verbs in the present; use the imperative, possessive pronouns and common adverbs of frequency; or approximately 40 hours of formal prior study or have a 'rusty' GCSE. CEFR
A1
Beginner Refresher You should be able to make introduction about yourself and others; ask time and discuss your daily routine; talk about your profession, friends and family; can use pronouns, prepositions and imperatives; or approximately 30-40 hours of formal prior study; or have completed Beginners course a while ago. You should be able to talk about weather and seasons; describe a place and give directions; order a meal and express what you like or dislike; use common irregular verbs and interrogatives as well as common adverbs of frequency; or approximately 45-50 hours of formal prior study. You should be able to make purchases; buy tickets and book a hotel room; make phone calls and carry out small social talks; use reflexive verbs; prepositions and basic forms of tenses; or approximately 50 hours of formal prior study; or want to improve speaking and listening skills for entering Lower Intermediate level. CEFR A1
Lower Intermediate You should have some notions of the past tense, the ‘near past’ (I’ve just...) and future tenses (I am going to/I will); you should also be able to carry out a basic conversation; or approximately 60 hours of formal prior study; or have a good but “rusty” GCSE. You should be able to express wishes; give advice (present conditional); voice intentions and planning in the future, relate past events and express opinion and obligation; or approximately 80 hours of formal prior study; or have a recent GCSE. You should be able to handle fairly complex sentences. You should be able to narrate memories, past events with the imperfect tense and compare things; or approximately 100 hours of formal prior study; or have a recent and good GCSE. CEFR
A2
Upper Intermediate You should have some knowledge of the subjunctive, the use of gerunds and since/for/ during; able to speak quite fluently in most daily topics; understand newspapers and can follow discussions on topics of current interests; or approximately 120 hours of formal prior study/or have a “rusty” A-level. You should be able to extract detailed information from articles or radio and video extracts; discern formal and informal language with the use of relative clauses; or approximately 140 hours of formal prior study; or have a good but “rusty” A-Level. You should be able to handle complex tenses such as pluperfect, past conditional or past historic in French or reported speech in German; or approximately 160 hours of formal prior study; or have a recent A-Level. CEFR
B1/B2
Advanced An individual diagnostic test would be arranged to assess this level. For further information, please email agnes.shepherd.1@city.ac.uk n/a CEFR
C1