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					Council of Europe IELTS                             TOEFL paper Cambridge          ALTE
                                                    and computer- Exams            Level
                                                    compared to
                                                    IELTS scores
A1 Breakthrough     0 Did not attempt the test                                     0
                    No assessable information
A1 Breakthrough     1 Non User                                                     0
                    Essentially has no ability to
                    use the language beyond
                    possibly a few isolated
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
                                                    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
                                                  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
                                                  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

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