C1 English level (advanced)

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 C1 describes proficient users of the language. Learners at this level can perform complex tasks related to work and study.

Skills at C1 English level (advanced)

What can a C1-level learner of English do?

  • They can understand a wide range of more difficult, longer texts and recognise implicit meanings. 
  • They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously with little need to search for the right expression.
  • They can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. They can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects.

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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