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English language placement test

Welcome to your English language placement test!

This test will diagnose your level of English according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) set up by the Council of Europe.

There are 6 scales for foreign language learners (A1 being the lowest and C2 being the highest). The minimum recommended level for teaching through English is C1.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
Beginner A1 Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Elementary A2 Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate basic need.
Lower intermediat B1 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Upper intermediate B2 Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and independent disadvantages of various options.
Advanced C1 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Very advanced C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

This test will provide you a global level for your knowledge of the English language, based on grammar, vocabulary range and reading comprehension. It is designed as a self-study tool, to help you situate your language level, so that you can maintain and improve it.

The test comprises 100 questions and you will have 45 minutes in which to take the test. Each question has one possible answer only.

The results will be treated in full anonymity and confidentiality.

At the end of the test, you will get your estimated English language level. Please make a note of it for your records. You will be able to retake the test in a year's time to measure your progression. With your level description, you will also find the appropriate support measures available at KI to help you maintain and improve your English language level.

Should you have any further questions, please contact Jennifer Valcke directly.

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This course is published in KI's e-learning environment called Ping Pong. Access to the course is provided as follows:
For those of you with a KI-ID
If you have a KI-ID go to, click on the KI logotype and log in to Ping Pong using your KI credentials. You will find the test “KI’s English language test” under Events>All my events in the purple menu. Follow the instructions on the test’s homepage.
If you do not have a KI-ID
If you do not have a KI-ID, please contact the Educational Technologists who will help accessing the test.

Please note that if you already have an existing Ping Pong account then the system will recognize you and you will receive access to the web course with your regular Ping Pong login. Click on the Ping Pong logotype to gain access to the course. You will find the course under Events>All my events in the purple menu.

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