As a founder member of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE), Cambridge Assessment English worked closely with other member organisations to develop the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This internationally recognised framework describes language ability in a scale of six levels of proficiency, ranging from A1 (Breakthrough) for beginners to C2 (Mastery) for those who have mastered a European language.

The Cambridge Assessment English examinations are the only certificated exams referred to in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as being specifically aligned to it by a long-term research programme. All Cambridge Assessment English examinations are developed and revised using the framework as a benchmark.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) uses ‘Can Do’ statements to make it easy for learners to understand what typical language users can be expected to do in a range of contexts at each level. It also helps to promote the recognition of certification and the significance of the different qualifications to employers, educational institutions, professional bodies and government ministries.

Cambridge Assessment English examinations qualifications are officially recognised throughout the world for study, business and professional purposes. The certificates are valid for life, and candidates will never have to take the same Cambridge Assessment English examinations again.

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