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B1 Intermediate

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), a list of various language proficiency levels created by the Council of Europe, places English at B1 English Level, which is the third level of English. This level is commonly referred to as “intermediate,” which is also the level descriptor used by the CEFR. Students at this level have advanced beyond the fundamentals, but they are still unable to work or study in English only.

What is your English level?

Find out your A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2 level of English with our quick, free online test.

What are your options if your English is at level B1?

For conversations with English speakers about common subjects, a B1 level of English would be appropriate. People with a B1 level of English are able to read basic reports on well-known themes and send basic e-mails on issues relevant to their line of work. A B1 level, however, is insufficient to completely communicate in English at work.

The official CEFR rules state that someone has an English language proficiency of B1:

  1. able to comprehend the key ideas of plain standard input on well-known topics frequently met at work, in school, at leisure, etc.
  2. able to handle most scenarios that may arise when traveling
  3. can write straightforward, coherent text about familiar or interesting topics.
  4. can briefly explain the causes and justifications behind beliefs and goals while describing experiences, events, dreams, desires, and objectives.

Detailed B1 English proficiency

For instructional purposes, the official can-do statements are divided into smaller sections. You can evaluate your own English proficiency using this more thorough skill breakdown, or a teacher can use it to evaluate a student’s proficiency.

A student at level B1 in English, for instance, will be able to perform everything that a student at level A2 can do in addition to:

  • Talk about your future goals, both personal and professional.
  • Set up a job interview and apply for a position in your field of expertise.
  • Talk about your favorite shows and television habits.
  • Describe your education and future training goals.
  • Plan a night out to hear live music and discuss your favorite songs and current musical trends.
  • Discuss maintaining a healthy lifestyle and seek and give advise on good practices.
  • discuss about dating and relationships, including meeting people online.
  • visit a restaurant, place an order, have a civilized dinner discussion, and then pay for your meal.
  • if you require assistance in comprehending some topics, take part in discussions in your area of competence.
  • talk about workplace safety issues, report an injury, and clarify the laws.
  • Discuss how to behave politely and how to deal with rude behavior.

What is your English level?

Find out your A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2 level of English with our quick, free online test.