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Our Tests

Our Tests

Our goal is to make English proficiency testing not only reliable, but also affordable, simple to use, and always accessible.

Whether your dream is to get a university degree, find an international job, or start a new life abroad, as an English learner, you are often asked for proof of your English skills.

Unfortunately, providing this proof is not always easy. English tests like TOEFL or IELTS, although technically robust, can be expensive, require administration, and are not always offered when you need it most.

With the EF Standard English Test (EF SET), we set out to challenge the status quo – to build the world’s first completely free online standardized English test for learners of all levels, from beginner to advanced. As the world leader in international education, the mission of EF Education First is to open the world through education – and, EF SET is just one of many innovations that will help us realize this.

Our Tests

Quick Check (15 min)

Check your English in just 15 minutes to get an estimate of your CEFR level.

Take the Quick Check

EF SET (50 min)

Take our 50-minute test to get an EF SET Certificate™ and an explanation of your reading and listening skills in alignment with the CEFR scale.

Get an Official EF SET Certificate™

EF SET Plus (120 min)

For test takers who have more time, take our 2-hour English test to get a thorough measure of your skills with equivalent scores on other exams, as well as an EF SET Certificate™.

Take the EF SET Plus

Our Score

With completion of your Quick Check or EF SET, you will receive an EF SET score on a scale from 0 to 100, as aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Our score scale is internationally recognized - making it easy for you to share your results and prove your English learning achievements!

A1 Beginner
A2 Elementary
B1 Intermediate
B2 Upper intermediate
C1 Advanced
C2 Proficient

Can understand and communicate simple basic phrases. Read more

Can understand and interact specific information in advertisements menus, and understand high frequency vocabulary. Read more

Can deal with familiar situations frequently encountered in work and life in English. Read more

Can interpret and produce complex information of both concrete and abstract topics in English. Read more

Can infer implicit meaning and use English flexibly in social and professional settings. Read more

Can understand and communicate with ease, spontaneity and precision for virtually all types of written and spoken forms of English. Read more















Quick Check

1 – 60% Beginner

61 – 85% Intermediate

86 – 100% Advanced


What is the difference between the Quick Check (15 min) and EF SET (50 min)?

The Quick Check is only 15 minutes long and is intended to give a general indication of a test taker’s English proficiency in three broad regions of the CEFR scale—Beginner (in the A1/A2 range), Intermediate (in the B1/B2 range), or Advanced (in the C1/C2 range). The Quick Check tests foundational skills in reading and listening.

The EF SET is 50 minutes long. Because it is longer than the Quick Check, it produces a more detailed profile of your English language proficiency, and scores are reported in six CEFR categories: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. The EF SET uses authentic tasks to test reading and listening skills.

How do the scores differ on the Quick Check (15 min) and the EF SET (50 min)?

The Quick Check, EF SET and EF SET Plus are reported on a 0-100 scale. However, the actual numerical representations of a score have different meanings. While the Quick Check will give you a general sense of your English proficiency, which is reported as a single numerical score (represented as a percentage for simplicity), the Quick Check score should be considered only an estimate of your English proficiency. It is also not necessarily predictive of your score on EF SET and EF SET Plus tests of your English proficiency.

Your numerical scores on the Quick Check and the EF SET may place you in a different CEFR category because of the differences in the tests themselves. Please refer to the EF SET score comparison chart above for more detailed information about scores on these tests.

Why should I take the EF SET (50 min) if I have already taken the Quick Check?

If you want a more detailed profile of your English language proficiency, you should take the EF SET or EF SET Plus. The Quick Check is designed to give you an indicator of the general level of your English proficiency. The EF SET is designed to give you a much more complete sense of your proficiency as it aligns to the full continuum of the CEFR levels from A1 to C2.