B2 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

The Common European Framework divides learners of a language into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels:

  • A – Basic User
    • A1 Breakthrough or beginner
    • A2 Waystage or elementary
  • B – Independent User
    • B1 Threshold or intermediate
    • B2 Vantage or upper intermediate
  • C – Proficient User
    • C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced
    • C2 Mastery or proficiency

The CEFR describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing at each level. For the B2 level, this is:

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