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Guide to EFL Levels

Level Common European
Framework

& ALTE Levels
Cambridge Exams IELTS
Score
TOEFL
iBT Score
TOEIC
Score
Cambridge
English
Scale
Global Scale
of English
(Pearson)
Proficiency C2 Mastery
ALTE Level 5
CE: Proficiency (CPE) 8 - 9 110 - 120 965 - 990 200 - 230 85 - 90
Advanced C1 Effective
Operational Proficiency
ALTE Level 4
CE: Advanced (CAE)
CE: Business Higher (BEC)
ESOL SFL Level 2
6.5 - 7 80 - 100 940 - 964 180 - 199 76 - 84
Upper Intermediate B2 Vantage
ALTE Level 3
CE: First
CE: Business Vantage (BEC)
ESOL SFL Level 1
5 - 6 35 - 79 785 - 939 160 - 179 59 - 75
Intermediate
B1+
B1 Threshold
ALTE Level 2
CE: Preliminary (PET)
BEC Preliminary
IELTS Life Skills B1
ESOL SFL Entry 3
3.5 - 4.5 30 - 35 550 - 780 140 - 159 43 - 58
Pre-Intermediate
B1
Elementary A2 Waystage
ALTE Level 1
CE: Key (KET)
CE: Young Learners Flyers (YLE)
ESOL SFL Entry 2
3 < 30 225 - 545 120 - 139 30 - 42
Beginner A1 Breakthrough
ALTE Breakthrough
IELTS Life Skills A1
CE: Young Learners Movers (YLE)
ESOL SFL Entry 1
1 - 2   120 - 220 100 - 119 22 - 29
Starter   CE: Young Learners Starters (YLE) < 1   < 120 80 - 99 < 22
CE = Cambridge English;    ESOL SFL = ESOL Skills for Life;    iBT = Internet Based Test;