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 English Check

Check your English in just 15 minutes and immediately find out your score range.


Get Your Quick English Assessment

EF SET English Certificate

Take our 50-minute English level test to get an exact EF SET score and explanation of your results in alignment with the CEFR scale.


Get Your Official Certificate

EF SET English Certificate Plus

For test takers who have more time, take our 2-hour English evaluation to get a thorough measure of your skills with equivalent scores on other exams.


Get Your Certificate Plus

Our Score

With completion of your EF SET test, you will receive an accurate 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

EF SET Certificate

1-30

31-40

41-50

51-60

61-70

71-100

EF SET Certificate Plus

1-30

31-40

41-50

51-60

61-70

71-100

EF SET Quick Check

1 – 60% Beginner

61 – 85% Intermediate

86 – 100% Advanced