Galapagos Language Academy uses for evaluation the popular CEFR standard (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The six reference Spanish levels are widely accepted as the global standard for grading an individual’s language proficiency.

Spanish levels are used by all modern Spanish language books and Spanish language schools. It is recommended to use CEFR levels in job resumes (curriculum vitae, CV, Europass CV) and other Spanish levels references. We list here the CEFR descriptors for language proficiency level with the approximate equivalent to other global Spanish evaluation schemes- Cambridge ESOL, IELTS and TOEFL.


C levels - Proficient Spanish User

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Spanish C1 (Advanced Spanish)

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.

Spanish C2 (Proficiency)

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.