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Basic English

A1/A2

Basic user

EF SET

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Equivalent to A1/A2 CEFR levels

    < The CEFR and EF SET

    Basic English

    Equivalent to A1/A2 CEFR levels

      A1/A2

      Basic user

      EF SET

      1 - 40

      Practicing basic English

      Students at a beginner English level have a foundation of basic English grammar and vocabulary. With your understanding of basic English, you are on your way to building your vocabulary and expanding your comprehension of simple, daily topics.

      Your goal is to make English a part of your everyday life—repetition and practice are key. And remember, be patient with yourself because learning a new language takes time. Here are a few ideas to practice English for beginners:

      • Write your grocery lists in English or find (and make) your favorite recipes in an English cookbook. Use a dictionary to look up words you are unfamiliar with and add them to your study list. Lists are important tools in mastering English for beginners.

      • Keep a journal or a diary to note your daily activities. Writing a few basic sentences in English every day and looking up words you do not know will build your vocabulary over time.

      • Watch your favorite movie or TV series in English and turn on the English subtitles so you can read along. Knowing the story line helps you focus on listening and comprehending what is being said in English.

      • Find a speaking partner who you can practice talking with as often as possible, even if he or she is not a native English speaker. English for beginners is about trial and error so talk about the weather, your favorite vacation, or your past weekend. Conversation practice is a key to building your confidence and basic English skills.

      • Take the EF SET—and take it as many times as you want. The test adapts to your English level, and includes tasks that measure your listening and reading skills, as well as your range of basic English grammar and vocabulary skills.


      Basic English tests

      The best way to assess your level in English is to take a reliable standardized test. See below for a list of major recognized tests and their corresponding A1/A2 scores:

      Test

      Score equivalent to the A1/A2 level¹

      EF SET Quick Check1 - 60%
      EF SET 50-min1 - 40
      IELTSn/a
      TOEFLn/a
      TOEIC (R&L) Total120 - 545
      Cambridge English Scale80 - 139
      Global Scale of English (Pearson)22 - 42
      1. For full score comparisons, please visit our English Score page


      15

      MIN

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      50

      MIN

      EF SET



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