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How can I estimate my proficiency level (A1-C2)?

DIALANG is a free language diagnosis system available from Lancaster University. It reports your level of skill against the Common European Framework (CEFR) for language learning. DIALANG languages ...
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How can I describe my language proficiency in an internationally recognized way?

It looks like there is no current internationally recognized method to describe language fluency. If it is helpful though, you can view a list of language proficiency tests for each language. Check ...
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What are estimates of vocabulary size for each CEFR level?

I haven't found any official source to answer your question, but several members of online forums have explained their methods in estimating what they believe to be the number of vocabulary words you ...
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Can I have C1-level proficiency in a foreign language even if my pronunciation is poor?

Pronunciation is indeed evaluated in the CEFRL tests. The specific criteria are available, and are reproduced for C1 below: Is intelligible Intonation is appropriate Sentence and word ...
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What are estimates of vocabulary size for each CEFR level?

There is at least one language test that I have taken that maps its own levels to CEFR levels and that defines the minimum number of words you need to know, namely Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK). HSK is ...
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How does the CEFRL work?

The CEFRL scale is a way of describing a language user's proficiency with that language. There are three level groups: A (basic), B (independent/intermediate), and C (proficient). Each level group has ...
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What are estimates of vocabulary size for each CEFR level?

Vocabulary size and CEFR levels in English based on Vocabulary size and the common European framework of reference for languages by James Milton, Thomaï Alexiou, 2009: A1 <1500 A2 1500–2500 B1 ...
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How can I estimate my proficiency level (A1-C2)?

The approach I would take is to find coursebooks teaching the language at the various levels, look through them, and estimate my level based on that. Once you have an idea of where you might be - for ...
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How can I describe my language proficiency in an internationally recognized way?

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is the international standard used outside the U.S. It has six levels, ranging from A1 to C2. The U.S. Interagency Language Roundtable ILR is scaled ...
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How long between each CEFR level for learning Spanish?

How long it takes to reach the CEFRL levels in Spanish depends to some extent on your native language; I assume it would take a bit longer for people whose native language is not related to Spanish or ...
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How can I estimate my proficiency level (A1-C2)?

One of the simplest options is to find a native speaker and start conversing. An advantage to this particular strategy is that if you have discipline-specific vocabulary you want to test, you can try ...
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How can I estimate my proficiency level (A1-C2)?

In addition to @Laure's answer, DIALANG is also available on a website under the subdomain of Lancaster University's official site. The web application requires cookies, JavaScript, and popups to be ...
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What are estimates of vocabulary size for each CEFR level?

Just so you know where my opinion is coming from, I've been designing and teaching materials design using frequency-based vocabulary since 2008 and have given Nation's and similar levels tests to ...
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How does the CEFRL work?

As stated in the linked question, it is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment,...
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How can I describe my language proficiency in an internationally recognized way?

At the moment, there seems to be no internationally recognised way of describing language proficiency if "international" is interpreted as "worldwide". The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)...
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Can I have C1-level proficiency in a foreign language even if my pronunciation is poor?

Yes, as long as it is not "unintelligble." There are four competencies, reading, writing, listening, speaking, each weighted 25%. To pass C1, or any other level, you need a total of 60%, with at ...
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How can I estimate my proficiency level (A1-C2)?

Depending on the language you are learning, there could be training sets for the official language tests. For German, for example, the Goethe Institut offers practice sets that are roughly equal in ...
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What are estimates of vocabulary size for each CEFR level?

The table cited in the answer from @gavenkoa from Milton & Alexiou is a revised one from Milton & Meara 2003, but with no explanation for the revision (in the revised text). It is non-...
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What are estimates of vocabulary size for each CEFR level?

Paul Nation is the first scholarly name that comes to mind when discussing vocabulary frequency and learning the language, yet I don't recall him dividing frequency into CEFR scales. Another source ...
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When does a native reach certain CEFR levels?

CEFR "is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages" (from Wikipedia). By definition it applies to L2 only. You can obviously estimate levels of native speakers but ...
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Path for German A1 to B2 certificate in one year

The Centrum voor Levende Talen (CLT) in Leuven, Belgium offers two types of German language courses: (1) for native speakers of Dutch, Afrikaans, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish and (2) for native ...
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How can I estimate my proficiency level (A1-C2)?

The descriptions of the CEFR levels are not based on vocabulary size or grammar, but on "can-do statements". You can find a lot of information about the CEFR on the website of the Council of Europe, ...
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Can I have C1-level proficiency in a foreign language even if my pronunciation is poor?

In the 2001 version of CEFR, the descriptor for "phonological control" for level C1 simply read, Can vary intonation and place sentence stress correctly in order to express finer shades of meaning. ...
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Difference between C1 and C2

I would characterize a C2 has someone who has a "complete," but not "perfect" command of a language. That s/he knows most of what an educated native speaker would know, but will make occasional ...
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Difference between C1 and C2

You can find the definitions and a self-assesment grid at Council of Europe's website: https://www.coe.int/en/web/common-european-framework-reference-languages/level-descriptions See the website for ...
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How can I describe my language proficiency in an internationally recognized way?

You can describe your language proficiency using the ILR system, the ACTFL system or the CEFR system. ILR and ACTFL were developed in the United States, while the CEFR by the Council of Europe. ...
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How long between each CEFR level for learning Spanish?

If you compare the hours indicated above with the hours of instruction provided by Cervantes institute it becomes obvious something is fishy. For example, A1 course at Cervantes lasts only 60 hours. ...
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CEFR Frequently Used Words

This does not seem to be a very interesting exercise, since even for level A1, you need to know more than 100 words (see What are estimates of vocabulary size for each CEFR level?, where the answers ...
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How does the CEFR cater for the abilities of Deaf language learners?

In 2018, the Council of Europe (CoE) published Common European Framewok of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment. Compation Volume with New Descriptors. This is the first official ...
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How to evaluate CEFR level of text for L2 learners?

Perhaps some of this may be relevant in relation to your request for suggestions for calculating CEFR difficulty. Duolingo has created a CEFR checker. https://cefr.duolingo.com/ Rather than rely on &...
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