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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
C2 Proficiency (CPE) 8 - 9 110 - 120 965 - 990 200 - 230 85 - 90
Advanced C1 Effective
Operational Proficiency
ALTE Level 4
C1 Advanced (CAE)
C1 Business Higher (BEC)
ESOL SFL Level 2
6.5 - 7.5 95 - 109 945 - 960 180 - 199 76 - 84
Upper Intermediate B2 Vantage
ALTE Level 3
B2 First (FCE)
B2 Business Vantage (BEC)
ESOL SFL Level 1
5.5 - 6.5 72 - 94 785 - 940 160 - 179 59 - 75
Intermediate
B1+
B1 Threshold
ALTE Level 2
B1 Preliminary (PET)
B1 Business Preliminary (BEC)
IELTS Life Skills B1
ESOL SFL Entry 3
4 - 5 42 - 71 550 - 780 140 - 159 43 - 58
Pre-Intermediate
B1
Elementary A2 Waystage
ALTE Level 1
A2 Key (KET)
A2 Flyers (YLE)
ESOL SFL Entry 2
3 < 42 225 - 545 120 - 139 30 - 42
Beginner A1 Breakthrough
ALTE Breakthrough
IELTS Life Skills A1
A1 Movers (YLE)
ESOL SFL Entry 1
1 - 2   120 - 220 100 - 119 22 - 29
Starter   Pre-A1 Starters (YLE) < 1   < 120 80 - 99 < 22
ESOL SFL = ESOL Skills for Life;    iBT = Internet Based Test;
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