Council of Europe IELTS TOEFL paper Cambridge ALTE and computer- Exams Level based scores compared to IELTS scores A1 Breakthrough 0 Did not attempt the test 0 No assessable information provided. A1 Breakthrough 1 Non User 0 Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words. A2 Waystage User 2 Intermittent User KET (grades B-C) 1 No real communication is BEC 1 possible except for the most Preliminary basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English. A2 Waystage User 3 Extremely Limited User TOEFL paper KET (grade A) 1 Conveys and understands 425 BEC 1 only general meaning in TOEFL Preliminary very familiar situations. computer-based Frequent breakdowns in 113 communication occur. IELTS 3.5 B1 Threshold User 4 Limited User TOEFL paper PET (grades B-C) 2 Basic competence is limited 450 BEC 1 to familiar situations. Has TOEFL Preliminary frequent problems in computer-based understanding and 133 expression. Is not able to IELTS 4.0 use complex language. TOEFL paper 475 TOEFL computer-based 152 IELTS 4.5 B1 Threshold User 5 Modest User TOEFL paper PET (grade A) 2 Has partial command of the 500 BEC 1 language, coping with TOEFL Preliminary overall meaning in most computer-based situations, though is likely 173 to make many mistakes. IELTS 5.0 Should be able to handle TOEFL paper basic communication in 525 own field. TOEFL computer-based 196 IELTS 5.5 B2 Independent 6 Competent User TOEFL paper FCE (grades B-C) 3 User Has generally effective 550 BEC 2 command of the language TOEFL Intermediate despite some inaccuracies, computer-based inappropriacies and 213 misunderstandings. Can use IELTS 6.0 and understand fairly TOEFL paper complex language, 575/603 particularly in familiar TOEFL situations computer-based 232/250 IELTS 6.5 B2 Independent 7 Good User TOEFL paper FCE (grade A) 3 User Has operational command 600/627 BEC 2 of the language, though with TOEFL Intermediate occasional inaccuracies, computer- inappropriacies and based250/ 263 misunderstandings in some IELTS 7.0 situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning. C1 Competent User 8 Very Good User CAE (grades B-C) 4 Has fully operational BEC 3 Advanced command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well. C2 Good User 9 Expert User TOEFL paper CAE (grade A) 5 Has fully operational 625-680 CPE (grades B-C) command of the language: TOEFL appropriate, accurate and computer-based fluent with complete 263-300 understanding. IELTS 7.5-9.0 C2 Good User 9 Expert User CPE (grade A) 5 Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.