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.


B levels - Spanish Independent User

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Spanish B1 (Intermediate Spanish)

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 & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Spanish B2 (Upper-Intermediate)

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. 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 disadvantages of various options.