Functional Skills - Level 1 and 2
These starting levels enable the user to have basic command of the language needed in a limited range of simple, routine, and familiar tasks and situations. e.g. greeting people and introducing themselves and others, shopping, ordering a meal and making travel arrangements.
Intermediate Skills - Level 3 and 4
Users can handle most uncomplicated communicative tasks and comprehend information on familiar topics such as: initiating and sustaining a conversation. They will also build a repertoire of topic-specific vocabulary allowing them to give advice and make suggestions, explain a simple problem and give a solution, express preferences and agreement or disagreement.
Upper Intermediate - Level 5 and 6
Users can communicate by initiating, sustaining and concluding most routine communicative tasks for personal and work needs. They can find different ways of formulating what they want to express and give hypotheses and their consequences to native speakers. They can also deal with complex situations such as consulting a lawyer and holding long telephone conversations.
Advanced & Professional Skills - Level 7 thru 10
In these advanced levels, users can comprehend detailed information on unfamiliar topics and can communicate effectively and appropriately even in demanding communicative tasks and situations, like conducting a meeting. Users are quite versatile and fluent in expressing themselves. While there are areas of refinement that they would like to achieve, they have good operational command of the language and can communicate confidently and effectively. By level 10, users will have full command of the language, with a range of vocabulary items as broad and deep as that of most well read native speakers.