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Understanding CEFR Levels

Understanding CEFR Levels

August 10, 2017

How CEFR Levels Can Be Used in HR and Recruitment

CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) is a standardized “grading” scale for language exams widely used throughout the European Community to determine language proficiency. The Framework consists of 6 levels with a corresponding “can do” description of different abilities for each level.

CEFR levels can be used to objectively benchmark various language skills and are increasingly being seen in the workplace for recruitment or talent promotion purposes. In order to include this useful tool in your company's internal processes, it is important to have a clear understanding of the 6 CEFR levels. Once understood, the levels may be used to set minimum English level requirements for job positions. For example, a company in the retail sector may decide to require new sales associates to score a B2 level on The English Quiz (online English language assessment platform), where a consulting firm may recommend its consultants have a C1 level in order to be able to effectively interact with clients. For training purposes, CEFR levels are often tested after an English language training program to evaluate the trainee’s progression and determine future training objectives, depending on the employee’s position and their current or future job requirements.

The objectives for incorporating CEFR levels for recruitment and HR may vary with each company but the framework remains a common and reliable way to objectively assess English levels and take the guesswork out of English assessments.

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The objectives for incorporating CEFR levels for recruitment and HR may vary with each company but the framework remains a common and reliable way to objectively assess English levels and take the guesswork out of English assessments.

What are the CEFR levels and their corresponding language skills?

See our infographic below for more information.

The objectives for incorporating CEFR levels for recruitment and HR may vary with each company but the framework remains a common and reliable way to objectively assess English levels and take the guesswork out of English assessments.

The English Quiz CEFR Infographic