Here you can find an overview of the language skills that you have acquired in completing the relevant examination:
|Elementary language use
|I can understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. I can introduce myself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details. I can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
|I can understand sentences and commonly used expressions which are used in everyday life (e.g. information about people and family, shopping, work and local environment). I can make myself understood in simple, routine situations, in which the conversation is a simple and direct exchange of information about familiar and current issues. I can use simple methods to describe my own background and education, the direct environment and things relating to everyday life.
|Independent use of language
|I can understand the main points when clear, standard language is used, and when the conversation is about familiar issues such as work, school, leisure etc. I can overcome most situations that I encounter when travelling in the area where the language is spoken. I can express myself simply and coherently about familiar topics and personal areas of interest. I can report about experiences and events, dreams, hopes and targets, and can give short justifications or explanations for plans and views.
|I can understand the main contents of complex texts about concrete and abstract topics. I also understand technical discussions in my own specialist area. I can express myself spontaneously and fluently so that it is possible to hold a normal conversation with native speakers without any great difficulty for either party. I can express myself clearly and in detail on a wide range of topics, can explain my point of view on a current issue and can give the advantages and disadvantages of different options.
|Competent use of language
|I can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and can also comprehend implicit meanings. I can express myself spontaneously and fluently, without noticeably having to search for words regularly. I can use the language effectively and flexibly in everyday and professional life or in an educational environment. I can express myself clearly, extensively and in a structured manner about complex topics, and in doing so can link to texts in an appropriate manner.
|I can understand practically everything that I read or hear without effort. I can summarise information from various written and oral sources, and can reproduce justifications and explanations in a coherent representation. I can express myself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, and can make finer nuances and meanings clear, even in the case of complex topics.
Common reference levels: global scale (Source: Trim, John; North, Brian & Coste, Daniel (2001), Gemeinsamer europäischer Referenzrahmen für Sprachen: Lernen, lehren, beurteilen. Munich: Langenscheidt.)