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 tables 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

 

Please note that for Fast Track courses in Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian, the entry requirements are: 

Fast Track course    

CEFR pre-course requirement

Equivalence in classroom learning only

A1 None No prior experience of learning the language – this course is for absolute beginners
A2 A1 For learners who have a GCSE or two years / 100 hours prior learning or if you completed Fast Track stage 1+2 or General stage 2 in 2020 or 2021 
B1 A2 For learners who have a recent high grade GCSE Higher or who have completed around 150 prior learning hours or if you completed Fast Track stage 3+4 or General stage 4
B2 B1 For learners with a rusty A level of with around 200 prior learning hours or if you completed Fast Track stage 5+6 or General stage 5 or 6 

 

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

 

It is important to assess your level prior to enrolling on a course and we suggest that you do this in three steps

  1. Watch our 'What stage to enrol on?' guidance video.
  2. Visit the European Day of Languages website and take the online quiz that was developed by the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe.
  3. Then, take our language level evaluation quiz: click on the 'Assess my level' button to enrol on 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 in those languages). If you don't have an Oxford SSO (Single Sign-On), then you will not be able to follow the link below and you should email admin@lang.ox.ac.uk to ask for access. 

ASSESS MY LEVEL

Click on the button above to be directed to the online test page on Canvas; enrol on the Virtual Language Centre first and then take the language test.

 

Contact us 


The Language Centre
12 Woodstock Road
Oxford
OX2 6HT
Tel: 01865 283360