Liverpool school of English LevelCommon European Framework (CEFR)CEFR SummaryIELTS level
False beginner to low elementaryA1 (Breakthrough)You can understand and use very basic phrases. You can ask and answer questions about personal details.
Elementary to Pre-IntermediateA2 (Waystage)You can understand basic sentences and frequently used expressions. You can communicate in simple situations.
IntermediateB1 (Threshold)You can make effective and independent use of the language in familiar situations although there are still lapses in communication.4.0 – 5.0
Upper-IntermediateB2 (Vantage)Your use of language is consistent and usually appropriate but lapses in fluency and accuracy still occur in complex situations.5.0 – 6.5
Advanced C1 (Effective Proficiency)You have a good command of the language. It is fluent, accurate and well-organised with only a few uncertainties in complex and difficult situations.6.5 – 8.0
Advanced PlusC2 (Mastery)You have an excellent command of the language and can tackle the most difficult tasks.8.0 – 9.0