Proficiency Levels for All Languages

Berlitz has developed standardized proficiency levels for all the languages we teach so that we can measure your existing ability and chart your progress.

Click on the numbers below to see descriptions of the levels.

Functional Ability Intermediate Ability Upper Intermediate Ability Advanced Ability Professional Ability
FUNCTIONAL ABILITY

Level 1

Knowledge of language is sufficient to communicate in a very limited way, with the simplest oral and listening tasks and situations.

FUNCTIONAL ABILITY

Level 2

At the functional level, you have a basic command of the language needed in a limited range of simple, routine, and familiar tasks and situations.

INTERMEDIATE ABILITY

Level 3

You can handle most uncomplicated communicative tasks and routine social and work situations. You can follow the general meaning of a conversation about familiar subjects.

INTERMEDIATE ABILITY

Level 4

At the intermediate level, you are able to refashion and combine learned material to meet your immediate communication and learning needs. You can comprehend information on familiar topics in contextualized settings and produce sustained conversation with others on an expanding variety of general topics.

UPPER INTERMEDIATE ABILITY

Level 5

You can, to an extent, initiate, sustain and conclude most routine communicative tasks for personal and work needs.

UPPER INTERMEDIATE ABILITY

Level 6

At the upper intermediate level, you have assimilated the essentials of the language. You can communicate competently and comfortably in many professional and personal contexts, and can find different ways of formulating what you want to express.

ADVANCED ABILITY

Level 7

You begin to create with the language in more complex and demanding conversations and can deal comfortably with most subjects over the telephone.

ADVANCED ABILITY

Level 8

At the advanced level, you communicate effectively and appropriately even in demanding oral tasks and situations, like conducting a meeting. You can participate easily in social and professional conversations, and can deal comfortably with most subjects over the telephone.

PROFESSIONAL ABILITY

Level 9

You communicate effectively with various audiences on a wide range of familiar and new topics to meet most personal, academic or professional demands—including many which presume experience in public speaking and critical listening.

PROFESSIONAL ABILITY

Level 10

At the professional level, you have full command of the language. You understand and can use virtually all linguistic structures; as well as a range of vocabulary items as broad and deep as that of most educated native speakers. Communication is fluent, appropriate and well organized—you develop ideas in speech clearly and coherently.

“I was a bit intimidated when I discovered that my teacher would only speak Italian to me, right from the start. I had no idea how I’d even get through that first lesson. But it was incredible. Within moments, Lucia and I were communicating in Italian. She was patient and clear and flexible, while guiding me through a structured lesson that was easy to follow. I was hooked.”

Jennifer Lee, Director, Frozen

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