B2 English level (upper intermediate)

Understanding your English level

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is the system that defines and explains the different levels of oral and written expression and comprehension for languages, including English.

There are six levels of reference, divided into three blocks: basic user for levels A1 and A2, independent user for B1 and B2 and proficient user for C1 and C2.

English level B2 describes independent users of the language. Learners at this level can communicate without effort with other English speakers.

Skills at B2 English level (upper intermediate)

What can a B2-level learner of English do?

  • They can understand the main ideas of complex texts on concrete or abstract topics, including some technical discussions.
  • They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously enough to comfortably communicate with other English speakers. 
  • They can produce clear, detailed text on many subjects and explain a complex viewpoint on a topic, including expressing advantages and disadvantages.

Online courses at this level

Our online self-study, live classes and one-to-one courses with personal tutors are designed by some of the world's English teaching experts. They offer a safe and inclusive learning environment to help you improve your English and achieve your ambitions.

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