Learn English at bai&by: Do you know how our levels of English work?

Tuesday May 29th, 2018

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When you come to bai&by centres to learn English, many of you ask us about the equivalence of levels of our smart system. So it seemed an interesting topic to share in our blog.

As you know, when you come to our centres with the intention of learning English, we explain in a personalised manner how our smart system works and the organisation of the bai&by levels. We also advise you on how to improve your learning process and propose that you do our adaptive English level test.

As mentioned earlier in the blog, the level test is a very important step because it allows you to accurately diagnose your current level of English and what aspects should be strengthened.

After the test, you will have your first contact with the bai&by levels and this will be the first time you can see yourself on the graph 😉

Baliokidetza mailak bai&by

As you know, you can do the bai&by level test by accessing it on our website without needing to go to the centre. In this case, it is important that you understand the equivalence of bai&by levels with respect to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The CEFR is a European standard, used to measure the level of understanding of a particular language. #AprenderIdiomas

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) is, as defined by Wikipedia, a European standard used to measure the level of oral and written comprehension and expression in a certain language.

Three levels are set within it to assess the knowledge of a language:

A: basic user
B: independent user
C: proficient user

Each of these levels, in turn, is divided into two sub-levels as you can see in the table below:

Level Description
A1
(Breakthrough)
Can understand and use frequently used everyday expressions and simple phrases aimed to meet immediate needs.
A2
(Waystage)
Can understand frequently used phrases and expressions related to areas of experience that are especially relevant to them (basic information about themselves and their family, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.).
B1
(Threshold)
Can understand the main points of clear standard language texts if they deal with issues that are familiar to them, whether in work, school or leisure situations.
B2
(Vantage)
Can understand the main ideas of complex texts on both specific and abstract topics, including those of a technical nature, provided that they are in their field of specialisation.
C1
(Effective
Operational Proficiency)
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and recognise implicit meanings in them.
C2
(Mastery)
Can easily understand virtually everything they hear or read.

However, bai&by has a scale of 30 levels that allow us to adjust better to the knowledge of each user, as we cannot ask the same from a student with a low B2 level as we would from one with a high level that is about to reach level C1.

bai&by has 30 levels, which will allow you to reach the CEFR C1 subgroup (EGA), all perfectly aligned with the requirements of the Reference Framework.

Equivalence levels of bai&by’s English levels with respect to the CEFR, HABE and Linguistic Profiles

In the case of English, we also think it is important to compare it with the levels of TRINITY Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) and CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATIONS:

Baliokidetzak bai&by ingelera

Now that you know bai&by’s equivalence to MREL, you can take the free bai&by adaptive level test on our website and find out your level of English.

We are preparation centres for Cambridge and Trinity exams, so you can accredit these qualifications with bai&by.

And if we have piqued your curiosity and you want to know more about our smart system, ask us for a totally free 7-day course with no strings attached.

With all the hours that we spend learning a second language, do you not think it is worth trying something new, the only smart system on the market? 😉

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