Language Test

At C.C. Communication we have developed a detailed level system so our students will know their language proficiency level and clearly see their progress in language learning. After they have been tested, we not only see what level they are at, but we also know in what skill areas they can improve their language skills. In this way, they can progress at a good pace towards their target language skills. After completing their course, an updated level is given. This level system gives our teachers a very good idea of what level their students are at regarding fluency, grammar and vocabulary.

Levels will initially be between 0 48 and may subsequently rise to as high as 60, although such a high level is rare and difficult to achieve. The average student advances one level in 20 units (20 x 45 minutes) over a period of 10 weeks. Intensive course participants usually progress faster (for example, a student participating in a Total Plunge Week can expect to progress 5-6 CC levels). Note that these are estimates only. Students progress at different rates and some levels are more difficult to achieve than others. We here at C.C. Communication are determined to provide you with the highest quality language training for optimal results.

The C.C. level system also helps the training manager of your company to see the language skills levels of the employees participating in training and enables monitoring of the progress of the course. Our testing and proficiency system can also be used to chart job-seekers' language skills when you need to be sure they have the language skills required for the job.

As this 60 point system may seem complicated at first glance, you will find on the following page a table showing 5 examples of different levels and what a person is capable of at these levels. We also report levels in the more standardized / well-known CEF system (A1-C2) but, as there are only 6 levels in this system, it is more difficult for our typical student, studying only once a week, to follow their progress. Therefore it is useful to see their level on both scales.

C.C. Communication Level Chart

Spoken Language Written Language
C.C. Level Listening and Understanding Presenting and Reporting Obtaining Information Social Interaction Reading and Understanding Communication in Writing OVERALL COMMUNICATIVE COMPENTENCE
60 Native Speaker
48 You can under-stand normal speed conversation between two native speakers You can make comprehensive presentations and short speeches and defend your point of view under pressure. You are able to conduct effective negotiations. You can obtain information from an uncooperative person and press for the details you want. You can handle unexpected, sensitive, awkward or embarrassing situations. You can understand newspapers and periodicals easily You can write good business letters and lucid comprehensive reports AT LEVEL 48 You can play a full part in meetings and discussions with native speakers.
36 You can follow the course of a meeting well enough to make appropriate contributions. You can make clear presentations and reports, and answer related questions arising therefrom. You can obtain detailed information and ask for clarification in case of misunderstanding. You can participate in social / general conversation in a group situation with native speakers. You can get the gist of newspa-per articles and understand job-specific material You can write understandable reports, business letters, faxes, etc. AT LEVEL 36 You can cooperate with native speakers on a project and work alongside them.
24 You can understand simple statements, questions and instructions addressed to you directly. You can talk about your life, your work and your company. You can make simple work-related presentations You can obtain routine information on everyday matters. You can handle telephone calls on most work-related topics. You can sustain a general conversation with one sympathetic native speaker and a work-related discussion with a small group of native speakers. You can understand routine business letters, faxes, etc. You can write simple personal letters and give basic information in writing. AT LEVEL 24 You can handle most routine everyday situations provided you are dealing with sympathetic native speakers.
12 You can understand simple sentences spoken slowly and clearly by native speakers. You can identify yourself and state your business. You can obtain simple survival information: times, directions, etc. You can make simple telephone calls, although you may have some problems when speaking to native speakers. You can exchange basic greetings and politenesses You can understand simplified texts, signs, notices, etc. You can complete personal informa-tion on forms, etc. AT LEVEL 12 You can survive in simple travel, social and business situations
0 Beginner


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