As you begin the process of studying the Italian language, it is essential to evaluate and understand your skill level. This self-awareness not only allows you to set realistic goals but also adjust your learning style to maximize your achievement.
In this section, learn more about the different CEFR levels and what learners at each level can do.
Why Should You Evaluate Your Italian Proficiency?
Testing your Italian knowledge has a lot of important reasons:
- Goal Setting: It helps you set achievable language-learning goals. Whether you want to hold casual conversations, travel comfortably, or master Italian for professional purposes, knowing your level is essential.
- Effective Learning: Understanding your level allows you to choose appropriate learning materials, courses, and resources. This ensures that you neither overwhelm yourself with advanced content nor stay stuck with overly basic materials.
- Measuring Progress: As you continue your Italian journey, you can periodically evaluate your progress, celebrate your accomplishments and identify areas that need improvement.
- Boosting Confidence: Recognizing your progress can boost your confidence and motivation to keep learning.
What are the CEFR levels?
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a system of describing linguistic abilities that is frequently used to help language learners in selecting appropriate learning materials and courses.
The CEFR has six levels, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for users who are proficient in the language. For each level, the CEFR describes what a learner can do when speaking, reading, listening and writing in English.
You can use our online level test to get an idea of the Italian level you are working on or have completed. You can use the test results to locate appropriate study resources or online courses for your level.
Choose a CEFR-level
Learners who achieve A1 Beginner level can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.
They can introduce themself, ask and answer basic questions about personal details, and hold simple conversations about familiar topics.
Simply interact as long as the other person speaks slowly and clearly.
A2 Elementary Level
Learners who achieve A2 Pre-intermediate level can handle straightforward communication in everyday situations, such as shopping, ordering food, and asking for directions using frequently used expressions.
They interact in simple terms and can describe things around them and things they need.
Learners who achieve B1 Intermediate level can engage in discussions on various topics, understand the main points of texts, and express their opinions and preferences, plans and experiences.
They can write simple connected texts on familiar topics.
B2 Upper intermediate
Learners who achieve B2 Upper intermediate level can discuss complex subjects, understand detailed information in written and spoken language and participate in debates and more advanced conversations.
They can communicate easily with native speakers with some fluency.
Learners who achieve C1 Advanced level can express ideas fluently, understand subtle nuances in both written and spoken language, and communicate effectively in professional and academic contexts
They can interact and express themselves fluently and spontaneously and use language flexibly and effectively in social, academic and professional situations.
Learners who achieve C2 Proficiency level can easily understand almost everything they hear or read.
They have near-native proficiency, with a deep understanding of Italian culture, and literature, and the ability to speak, read, and write at a highly advanced level.
They can communicate very fluently and precisely with precision in complex situations.
Remember that learning a language is a personal journey, and everyone progresses at their own pace. Embrace the process, celebrate your milestones, and keep your passion for Italian alive.