B2 – Upper Intermediate Level

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), a list of various language proficiency levels created by the Council of Europe, places English at level B2, which is the fourth level of English. This degree of proficiency could be described as “confident” in ordinary speech, as in “I am a confident English speaker.” The phrase “upper intermediate” is used to describe the level. Although with a restricted range of nuance and precision, students at this level can freely function in a variety of academic and professional situations in English.

What is your English level?

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What is possible with an B2 English level?

You could work in an English-speaking environment if you had a B2 level of proficiency, and many non-native English speakers in global workplaces do. However, a B2 level English speaker will be lacking in nuance, especially outside of his own profession. Additionally, he might overlook some of the intricacies and implied meanings in speech.

The official CEFR rules state that someone with an English language proficiency of B2:

  1. possesses the ability to comprehend the major concepts of complicated texts on both concrete and abstract issues, including technical talks in their area of expertise.
  2. can communicate with native speakers with a level of spontaneity and fluency that allows frequent interaction with them possible without any stress on either party.
  3. can write content that is both clear and informative on a variety of topics and convey a point of view on a current issue by weighing the benefits and drawbacks of several options.

Detailed B2 English proficiency

For educational purposes, the official can-do statements are divided into more manageable chunks. 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 with a level B2 in English, for instance, will be able to do everything a level B1 student can do as well as the following in addition:

  • Participate in sessions related to your area of expertise if you need assistance with certain concepts.
  • Discuss how cultural norms and perceptions of rudeness connect to gender issues.
  • Talk about your personal finances and provide friends and coworkers financial advice.
  • Describe your personal and professional lives, including your daily activities at work.
  • Describe your background, experience, strengths, and limitations while also going over your career goals.
  • Discuss your thought processes and how you might use them to be more effective at work.
  • Talk about the books you enjoy reading and offer suggestions for good books.
  • in social circumstances, use acceptable words, including complimenting and showing sympathy.
  • Talk about your favorite leaders and leadership traits.
  • deal with difficult circumstances that can be rather complex that come up in social and professional settings.
  • Describe typical political circumstances and political behavior.

What is your English level?

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