Frisby English courses are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), ensuring an internationally recognized standard of learning for beginners to advance.


Each CEFR level represents a set of linguistic skills and capabilities the English user can achieve. Levels can be used to assess practical ability within a range of specific settings. They can also help the learner and educators identify when they may be ready to test English for different exam requirements.  


Common Reference Levels

Developed under the Council of Europe the global scale for common reference levels offers the most convenient and easy to understand measure to track English proficiency.


Track your improvements from beginner to advance with CEFR Certificates®  


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A1 The English user can…

  • interact in a simple way.

  • ask and answer simple questions about themselves.

  • respond to statements in areas of immediate need.

Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Frisby English Level

  • Breakthrough

Examination Level

  • IELTS: 2 – 3

  • TOEFL: 

  • TOEIC: 120 – 220

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A2 The English user can…

  • greet people, ask how they are and react to news.

  • handle very short social exchanges.

  • discuss what to do, where to go and make arrangements.

  • make simple transactions in shops, banks etc.

  • get simple information about travel and services.

Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Frisby English Level

  • Waystage

Examination Level

  • IELTS: 3 - 4

  • TOEFL iBT: 0 - 56

  • TOEIC: 225 – 545

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B1 The English user can…

  • give or seek personal views and opinions.

  • express the main point of discussion in detail.

  • maintain conversational pace.

  • comfortably deal with most situations likely to occur when travelling.

  • enter conversations on familiar topics unprepared.

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes, ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Frisby English Level

  • Threshold

Examination Level

  • IELTS: 4 - 5

  • TOEFL iBT: 57 - 86

  • TOEIC: 550 - 780

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B2 The English user can…

  • argue opinions during discussion providing relevant explanations.

  • explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages.

  • demonstrate fluency in interacting with native speakers.

  • adjust to changes in conversational direction, style and emphasis.

  • demonstrate ability to identify and correct mistakes in personal speech.

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Frisby English Level

  • Vantage

Examination Level

  • IELTS: 5 - 6

  • TOEFL iBT: 87 - 109

  • TOEIC: 781 - 940

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C1 The English user can…

  • demonstrates good command of an extensive and in-depth lexical range.

  • express themselves fluently and spontaneously with very little effort.

  • produce clear, free-flowing, well-structured speech, showing controlled use of structured patterns.

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Frisby English Level

  • Effective Operational Proficiency

Examination Level

  • IELTS: 6 - 7

  • TOEFL iBT: 110 - 120

  • TOEIC: 941 - 990

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C2 The English user can…

  • convey finer shades of meaning precisely by using, with reasonable accuracy, a wide range of modification devices

  • show great flexibility reformulating ideas in differing linguistic forms to give emphasis, to differentiate and to eliminate ambiguity

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

Frisby English Level

  • Mastery

Examination Level

  • IELTS: 7 - 8

  • TOEFL iBT:

  • TOEIC: 

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