Assess your level

There is a variety of ways to check which stage matches your current learning needs. In the first instance, you can use the table below to compare your past learning experience with our stage entry requirements.

Stage CEFR pre-course requirement Equivalence in classroom learning only
1 None  No prior experience of learning the language
2 A1  A 30-40 hour course - a very rusty GCSE
3 A2 2 years totalling at least 80 hours of courses - a good but rusty GCSE
4 B1 3 years totalling at least 120 hours - a recent GCSE with a high grade
5 B1+ 4 years totalling at least 160 hours - a rusty A-Level
6 B2 5 years totalling over 200 hours - a recent A-Level
7 B2+ Over 6 years and continued regular practice


View the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) graph. 

Alternatively, you can visit the European Day of Languages website and take their online quiz that was developed by the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe. 

You can also click on the Assess my Level link below to enrol in our Canvas Virtual Language Centre where you can do an online test for all our languages apart from Dutch or Greek. Please contact the tutors directly to discuss assessing your level for Dutch and Greek.  

If you don't have an Oxford SSO (Single Sign-On) then unfortunately you will not be able to follow the link.


This is to take an online test - please enrol on the Virtual Language Centre course and then open it. Only open for Oxford University members with an SSO.

Contact us 

The Language Centre
12 Woodstock Road
Tel: 01865 283360