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CEFR Equivalence


Universities and other academic institutions use a number of methods to describe their language competence requirements for non-native prospective students. Some make explicit reference to the CEFR levels whilst others make reference to a number of well-known exams including IELTS, Cambridge, TOEFL and Trinity. Each of these exams have different approaches to language competence measurement and employ different marking methodologies, which complicates efforts to directly compare them. It is no different for Euroexam.

However, the CEFR levels, against which all major exams are aligned, do provide an industry-accepted common point of reference to support such comparisons. Each major exam board, including Euroexam, now also publish CEFR equivalence tables. CEFR is a practical tool for language professionals to evaluate different linguistic systems and traditions and to promote common definitions of language competence through alignment with the CEFR ‘can do’ descriptors.

The Euroexam suite of English Language Exams is 100% built on the CEFR approach, level by level. Euroexam has been directly involved in a number of CEFR development projects, the last of which was in 2016. Euroexam employs a combination of internal and independent research to support its claim of equivalence with CEFR and other major exams.

Euroexam CEFR Equivalence Table:


Euroexam Pass - IELTS

Based on our internal and external research and Cambridge published equivalence tables, the Euroexam Level C1 Pass is equivalent to an overall 6.5 band score on the IELTS test. This level of English language competence is typical of the requirements of many universities throughout Europe in both Arts and Science courses.


Euroexam Pass

IELTS - overall band score IELTS - minimum single score
Euroexam Level C1 Pass 6.5 6.0
Euroexam Level B2 Pass 5.5 5.0

Euroexam Distinction - IELTS

The Euroexam Distinction demonstrates language competence that is a minimum half point IELTS band score higher than the equivalent of the Euroexam Pass rate.


Euroexam Distinction

IELTS - overall band score

IELTS - minimum single score

Euroexam Level C1 Distinction 7.0 6.5
Euroexam Level B2 Distinction 6.0 5.5