Free online English proficiency test

Test your English online today!

Our free online English Test will give you immediate results that you can use to benchmark your current ability and start planning your learning journey.

Our English test will gauge your language ability across a number of key criteria, and will calculate both your Berlitz language level, and where you sit on the global CEFR scale for English.

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How our English Level test works

You do not need to study or prepare for your online English test, we want to gauge your current ability as it exists today.

Before you take our English level test, make sure you are in a quiet place where you will remain uninterrupted for around 30 minutes.

The online English test features 63 questions. Your answers will be timed to give us an insight into how quickly you can read, translate and comprehend in-language.

The test covers key areas of comprehension for the English language, including:

  • Vocabulary – The English test will feature a large vocabulary to gauge how familiar you are with the whole language.
  • Listening – Using audio technology you will listen to questions in-language, and will be timed on your answers. This will demonstrate how well you can listen and understand English when it is spoken to you.
  • Reading – You will also be asked to read questions in-language and interpret the correct English language answers.
  • Grammar – English grammar is vital to understanding the language. During your English proficiency test you will be asked a number of grammatical based questions to see how well you understand the grammatical rules of the language.

Proficiency levels

Functional

Level 1


Knowledge of language is sufficient to communicate in a very limited way, with the simplest oral and listening tasks and situations.

Functional

Level 2


At the functional level, you have a basic command of the language needed in a limited range of simple, routine, and familiar tasks and situations.

Intermediate

Level 3


You can handle most uncomplicated communicative tasks and routine social and work situations. You can follow the general meaning of a conversation about familiar subjects.

Intermediate

Level 4


At the intermediate level, you are able to refashion and combine learned material to meet your immediate communication and learning needs. You can comprehend information on familiar topics in contextualized settings and produce sustained conversation with others on an expanding variety of general topics.

Upper Intermediate

Level 5


You can, to an extent, initiate, sustain and conclude most routine communicative tasks for personal and work needs.

Upper Intermediate

Level 6


At the upper intermediate level, you have assimilated the essentials of the language. You can communicate competently and comfortably in many professional and personal contexts, and can find different ways of formulating what you want to express.

Advanced

Level 7


You begin to create with the language in more complex and demanding conversations and can deal comfortably with most subjects over the telephone.

Advanced

Level 8


At the advanced level, you communicate effectively and appropriately even in demanding oral tasks and situations, like conducting a meeting. You can participate easily in social and professional conversations, and can deal comfortably with most subjects over the telephone.

Professional

Level 9


You communicate effectively with various audiences on a wide range of familiar and new topics to meet most personal, academic or professional demands—including many which presume experience in public speaking and critical listening.

Professional

Level 10


At the professional level, you have full command of the language. You understand and can use virtually all linguistic structures; as well as a range of vocabulary items as broad and deep as that of most educated native speakers. Communication is fluent, appropriate and well organized—you develop ideas in speech clearly and coherently.

Please select a level for more info

Functional
Intermediate
Upper Intermediate
Advanced
Professional

Language test FAQs

  • To find the most suitable course for your current ability, you need to know what your current proficiency level is. When you take Berlitz’ English test, you will be notified of your Berlitz language level, and where you sit on the global CEFR scale.
  • The online English test will accurately match you with the most appropriate courses for your current ability.
  • You can use your English test ratings to share with employers and academic institutions to give them an understanding of your English-speaking ability.

There are 5 proficiency levels on the Berlitz scale: Functional, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced, and Professional. Each level has two steps, so the gradings range from 1 to 10.

  • Functional, Levels 1 and 2: You have a rudimentary understanding of the language and can ask and answer basic questions.
  • Intermediate, Levels 3 and 4: You can follow the general meaning of conversations and can handle uncomplicated communication in social and work situations.
  • Upper Intermediate, Levels 5 and 6: You can sustain general conversation at work and in social situations.
  • Advanced, Levels 7 and 8: You have a more complex grasp of the language and can keep up with technical and demanding conversations.
  • Professional, Levels 9 and 10: You have a free and natural grasp of the language and are comfortable communicating in any setting, including public speaking and academic situations.
  • You will receive your English test results within one minute of completing the test.
  • Your results will appear on your screen and will include your Berlitz English level, as well as your CEFR ranking.
  • Under your rating, we will provide two recommendations for courses that match your current proficiency level.
  • If you are interested in taking the next step in your language journey, you can reach out to us online or via the phone to discuss your needs and schedule. We can help place you in the right course to help you achieve your ambition.

Discover your English proficiency level.

Berlitz placement test analyses your listening/reading skills, grammar and vocabulary.
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