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Level 4

Your current level of English is equivalent to B2 in Common European Framework for Reference of Language Proficiency


… and IELTS Band 5-6.5 


Generally you have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. You can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.


At the moment you are able to:

  • listen and understand main idea of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, which include technical discussions in your scope of knowledge

  • follow extended speech and complex arguments on familiar topics

  • read extended non-transactional texts on reasonably familiar topics and understand descriptions, feelings, preferences and attitudes of unfamiliar writers

  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party

  • take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, account for and sustain own views

  • produce clear, detailed written texts on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue including the advantages and disadvantages of various options

  • express in writing personal significance of events and experiences to readers who are familiar with the context


In order to progress to the next level, you should aim to be able to:

  • understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicitly

  • read, with holistic and sufficiently detailed understanding of, a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning and distinctions of style

  • follow specialised articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to your field

  • express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions

  • formulate ideas and opinions with precision and use language flexibly and effectively for a range of social, academic and professional purposes 

  • produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex subjects, show controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices

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