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.


A levels - Spanish Basic User

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Spanish A1 (Beginner)

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.

Spanish A2 (Elementary Spanish)

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 need.