Levels of Spanish: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2
SPANISH ONLINE TESTMeasure your command of the Spanish Language with the free WAYRA online Spanish language proficiency test. We have based this test on the standard grammar and vocabulary that you would find in any language-learning materials. WAYRA offer these tests for self-evaluation purposes only. You may find that your score on this test is not consistent with other tests you have taken. Each WAYRA Spanish Language test has approx. 10 questions divided into 5 levels and 4 sublevels, from beginners (A1) to advanced (C1)..
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Levels of Spanish
A1: Breakthrough or beginnerCan understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way in case the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2: Way stage or elementaryCan understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B1: Threshold or intermediateCan understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected texts on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2: Vantage or upper intermediateCan understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. 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.
C1: Effective Operational Proficiency or advancedCan understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2: Mastery or proficiencyCan understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.
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Spanish Language Level System | Spanish Level Description
At Habla Ya Spanish Schools we have six (6) different Spanish levels, from absolute beginner to complete fluency (just as a native). Each level is defined by the degree of proficiency in specific communicative skills: oral expression, listening comprehension, reading and writing skills.
60 hours of lessons are equivalent to 3 weeks in our Group 4 Course or simply 60 hours of Private Lessons. In other words, each of our first three Spanish levels (A1, A2, B1) can be completed in an average of 3 weeks each. Our fourth and fifth levels (B2, C1) take an average of 5 weeks each, and our last level (C2) varies from student to student but the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) indicates that in average it takes 400 hours of Spanish language study.
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At the end of Level 1 (A1.1)
I am able to introduce myself and I can ask and give personal information (nationality, profession, telephone number, address, etc) I can describe my family and its members (their physical appearance and their character) I can also describe my town. I can buy something in a shop. In grammar, I can conjugate regular verbs in Present Tense, use the verbs “ser” and “estar” in different contexts, differentiate between “tú” y “usted”, identify the gender of nouns and adjectives, know the numbers from 0 to 1000 and understand question words (cómo, dónde, cuándo, etc).
At the end of Level 2 (A1.2)
I can describe my house and my neighbourhood (location, characteristics and things they have) I can express my likes and dislikes. I can ask and answer about the weather, the time and seasons. I am able to talk about my daily routine. In grammar, I can conjugate all the Present Tense (regular, irregular, reflexive and stem-changing verbs), I know the conjugation of verb “gustar” and similar verbs, I understand quantifiers (muchos, pocos, bastantes, algunos, ningunos), and I can express frequency (siempre, nunca, a veces, etc).
At the end of Level 3 (A1.3)
I can talk about my habits, activities in my free time and my job. I can express opinions, and agreement and disagreement. I am able to describe what I did yesterday. In grammar, I am confident using the Present Tense, and I know the conjugation of verbs in the Past Tense (Pretérito Indefinido). I know the difference between the verbs “saber” and “conocer”, and I can use some important prepositions (de, desde, hasta, a, por, en).
At the end of Level 4 (A2.1)
I can express feelings and pain. I can have conversations in a supermarket and a restaurant, and I can explain health problems to the doctor. I am able to talk about personal experiences, what I have done recently and I know how to give excuses and apologise. In grammar, I understand the Past Tense of “Pretérito Perfecto”, and I know the difference between this Past Tense and the “Pretérito Indefinido”. I can use verbs to express obligation and wishes (querer/necesitar/tener que/hay que + Infinitivo).
At the end of Level 5 (A2.2)
I am able to express what I am doing right now, to buy clothes and describe what people are wearing and to talk about trips and biographies of famous people. In grammar, I am confident using the Pretérito Indefinido (regular and irregular verbs), I know the Present Progressive (estar + gerundio), I can make comparisons (más… que / menos… que / tan… como) and I can give permission using the “Imperativo Afirmativo”. I am also able to identify the Direct Objects Pronouns (lo, la, los, las).
At the end of Level 6 (A2.3)
I can have phone conversations and arrange a date. I can ask for information about transport (buying train, bus and plane tickets). I can express what I did last weekend and give opinions about those past events. I can describe objects talking about material, shape and colour. I am able to describe people and places in the past. In grammar, I can use “Imperativo Afirmativo” and “Pretérito Indefinido” (irregular verbs). I know the “Pretérito Imperfecto” to talk about habitual actions in the past. I understand the Pronouns such as Posesivos (mío, tuyo, suyo, etc), Objeto Directo (lo, la, los, las) and Objeto Indirecto (me, te, le, nos, os, les).
At the end of Level 7 (B1.1)
I can express the duration of actions that started in the past and continue in the present (desde hace, desde que, etc). I can describe the situation where an event happened. I can tell stories in the past. I can talk about the future making predictions and expressing probability. In grammar I understand the difference between the two past tenses “Imperfecto” and “Indefinido”, and I know the “Imperfecto estar + gerundio”. I can conjugate verbs in “Futuro Simple”. I can use Relativos “que” and “quien” to describe people and I know reciprocal verbs such as “conocerse”, “caerse”, “darse” and “hacerse”.
At the end of Level 8 (B1.2)
I can express wishes and plans. I can describe the character of a person. I can express different feelings such as fear, shame, happiness, affection, sadness, etc. I can talk about personal relationships (llevarse bien/mal/regular, caer bien/mal). In grammar, I know the “Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto” to describe a past action that occurred previous to another past action. I understand “Subjuntivo” to express wishes, hopes and plans in the future, and to express feelings (me da miedo que, me molesta que, me gusta que, etc) I also know verbs with prepositions such as “alegrarse de”, “estar harto de” or “tener ganas de”.
At the end of Level 9 (B1.3)
I can describe health problems and give suggestions and recommendations about them. I can talk about advantages and disadvantages of different topics such as living in a city or a village. I can take messages and pass the information to their recipients. I know vocabulary about technology and Internet. In grammar, I am able to use Subjunctive for giving recommendations and opinions. I know “Imperativo” (afirmattive and negative) I can conjugate verbs in Conditional to give advice (yo en tu lugar,comería/hablaría/iría…).
At the end of Level 10 (B1.4)
I can tell stories and anecdotes using the four past tenses (Indefinido, Pretérito Perfecto, Imperfecto and Pluscuamperfecto). I can formulate hypothesis about the future and express probability. I know some Hispanic culture to help communication such as gestures and social customs. In grammar, I am confident when using all the past tenses. I know Future Simple and I can use Subjunctive to express probability in future. I know the difference between Indicative and Subjunctive to express certainty or doubt.
At the end of Level 11 (B2.1)
I can talk about films (genres, plots, actors, film reviews, etc) I can discuss about the quality of life and change of habits in our society. I can try to convince someone and set conditions in order to do something. I can express wishes that are not very likely to happen. In grammar, I am confident using the Present Tense of Subjunctive. I can conjugate the “Pretérito Imperfecto de Subjuntivo” with Conditional (situvieravacaciones, viajaría a México)I can use some “perífrasis verbales” (ir/acabar + gerunido, dejar de + infinitivo, etc).
At the end of Level 12 (B2.2)
I can debate about problems such as pollution, economic crisis, unemployment or immigration. I can talk in depth about ecology (its problems and suggestions to solve them) I am able to formulate hypothesis about the past. I can describe important moments in a person’s life and I can express feelings and the reason why I have those feelings. In grammar, I can use some expressions in Subjunctive and Indicative to express feelings and emotions (¡Qué pena que + Subj., ¡Con lo que + Indic., etc). I know “Pretérito Perfecto de Subjuntivo” (yo haya aprobado).
At the end of Level 13 (B2.3)
I can write and comprehend advertisements and slogans in magazines and TV. I can understand news articles and debate about the importance of the media nowadays. I know some Spanish proverbs and colloquial expressions with the names of animals. I can transmit what someone has said. I can express my first impression about someone. In grammar, I know the Passive Voice. I can use the Imperative tense with Direct and Indirect Pronouns. I can use the Indirect Speech and I know how to form words with Prefixes (in-, des-, anti-) and Suffixes (-ez, -ción, -dad) I understand the prepositions “por” and “para”.
At the end of Level 14 (B2.4)
I can express requirements and preferences when I am looking for a place to go on holidays. I can describe a place using colloquial expressions. I am able to write a letter of complaint. I can talk about important decisions in my life and I can express regret. In grammar, I know complex expressions with “ser” and “estar”. I can use I know “Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto de Subjuntivo” (yo hubiera o hubiese cantado) and “Condicional compuesto” (yo habría cantado). I know linking words of contrast (aunque, a pesar de…), and of condition (siempre que, salvo que…) I know how to use the pronoun “se” to express that an incident was involuntary.
We also offer C1 and C2 courses (levels 15-20)
These advanced and proficiency courses are for students who are able to speak with complete fluency.
A Powerful and Underrated Beginner Language Goal
Why is language learning all about the intermediate or advanced levels?
When you start learning a new language, it’s easy to get carried away with huge, unrealistic goals. Maybe you dream of having deep conversations in your target language, or of reading advanced novels, or making play-on-word jokes. You may even want to talk about technical subjects for your work.
To do those things, you’d need to reach what’s often called a C2 level, also known as “mastery”. The C2 level is based on the awkwardly titled Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CEFR levels are:
- A1 Beginner
- A2 Upper Beginner
- B1 Lower intermediate
- B2 Upper intermediate
- C1 Advanced
- C2 Mastery
The C2 or Mastery level in a language is a wonderful thing to reach one day. The only problem is that it’s an extreme reach barrier. It’s so far from where you’re at now, it can feel like it’s pointless to learn anything. That’s really demotivating.
Language learners have realised this, and lots of learners (including many in the Fluent in 3 Months community) start by aiming for the B-levels.
Sounds sensible, right?
Well… maybe. But by aiming for a B-Level goal, there’s an entire language-learning level you skip over.
So why do so many language learners jump over the A-levels when setting goals? Are they that meaningless? If you speak A2 level Spanish, doesn’t that mean you’re simply a beginner?
No and no!
The A levels (“beginner” levels) are severely underrated. I think they should actually be the most common serious milestones for beginners to think about, long before they start worrying about advanced skills in their target language.
With this approach, you’ll have a much easier-to-achieve milestone system, that may indeed lead to mastery later. But for now, let’s have fun with the beginner levels!
Why Level A2 Is Underrated and Overlooked
As you’ve seen, with the CEFR system, the A-level are the beginner levels. The B-levels are intermediate. The C’s are advanced. Within each one you have 1 (lower) and 2 (upper). So that would make A2 an “upper beginner”.
…And this terminology can be seriously misleading.
You hear the term beginner levels and it feels like you’re no better off at the A2 stage than you were the very first time you ever opened a language learning book.
If you’re a beginner the first time you ever uttered your first tone in Chinese or butchered your first word in German, and you’re still a “beginner” weeks or months later when you’ve reached the A2 level… then what gives?
The truth is that levels A1 and A2 are completely distinct phases in your language learning journey. You can do things at level A1 that you could only dream about on Day 1. And when you’ve hit level A2, you’ve already covered serious ground, and can even begin to have conversations!
Each of these levels is a big milestone. Each time you reach one, you can safely say that you’ve gained a totally new set of skills in new language. Don’t overlook these stages. Celebrate them!
I like the idea of setting an A-level target because it’s attainable in the short-term.
When reaching your goal is many months or even years away, it’s so easy to drag your feet, to make slower progress than you need to, or to lose interest or motivation entirely. This happens all too often in language learning.
But you can reach level A2 relatively quickly, and that feeling of success will give you an immense boost. Don't underestimate the buzz you'll get from reaching this goal, and how much motivation-mojo that can give you to keep on learning the language.
Even if you choose to stop at A2, you’ll find that what you’ve learned is really useful. Far from being a simpleton who can only talk about the weather, the A2 level is your window to being able to get to know new people, tell them about yourself and learn about them. At level A2, you can make friends. You can enjoy comics and cartoons. And you can laugh and even feel at ease in the language.
There will of course be a lot of things you still can’t do. You may not be able to talk with a random in-a-hurry native speaker, but you can absolutely find patient speakers who love talking to learners and will be very friendly and helpful, and you will feel yourself having real conversations with them.
Once you’ve hit A2, you can now truly communicate your thoughts, questions, or ideas to a whole new world of people. How cool is that? Very worthy as a project in and of itself!
How Do You Know What Level You're At?
This is a hotly debated topic, and you'll never find a perfect consensus for what any of the levels on the European Common Framework look like. That said, if you look at the various definitions, you can find some common threads.
To me, A2 is the level where a conversation can finally happen, as long as you accept that it will be slow, and you will have to use “crutches”.
As a total beginner, you know next to nothing. You have what seems to be a mountain of vocab and phrases and grammar rules ahead of you. But then, before you know it, you’re at A1. Here you can introduce yourself, and you can ask and answer direct questions (but you’ll start to get lost at any conversation past that).
Enter level A2. This is where your conversational flow begins.
Here, you can have (messy and imperfect, but effective!) exchanges with people that last several minutes, even if you’re still turning to your dictionary now and again. The other person will need to be patient with you, but they will get the gist.
I asked the team behind Fluent in 3 Months their thoughts on level A2, and here’s another point of view I got on this:
I'd say at A2 you'd need to be able to get by, but I don't think you should be able to cover lengthy discussions, even in basic form. To me, that starts at B1. Of course you can have exchanges as Benny put it, but the key here is that the other person needs to be VERY patient with you, this is why it's key to pick a great partner.
And of course, there’s the official definition of the A2 level:
-Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
-Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
-Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
With all of this, you can start to get a good idea of what this level truly means (as well as what it doesn’t). At the end of the day, there is so much more to being an “advanced beginner” than meets the eye!
Here’s Your Simple Roadmap for Reaching Level A2
How can you reach level A2, if you’re starting from scratch as a total beginner?
I like to break my language projects into mini-missions. And I get a lot of questions about how exactly I do that. How do I decide which mini-mission to take on next? Which mini-missions are good to start with?
In light of that, here's a cheat sheet you can use on your own quest towards A2 level in your next language project. Starting from zero, complete each of these “mini-missions”, practice them often with your language teacher or partner, and you'll be well on your way.
This is the exact same system that Lauren has been using in her Russian project (which is now back on track after her big surprise). You can see her implementing some of these steps in her Week 8 Russian update video coming in a few days on our Youtube channel.
Mini-Missions from 0 – A1
- Learn a you-specific intro by heart. Use that as the answer when your teacher or language exchange partner asks you to talk about yourself.
- Listen to the absolute beginner and A1 level podcasts (the Innovative Language series is my favourite) to get listening comprehension, and to get used to the very basic questions you’re likely to be asked at this level.
- Have a quick exchange on the HelloTalk app. These are low-pressure chats where you can stop to look things up in a dictionary. This is your first (very important) experience in actually using the new language!
- Study basic vocabulary decks on Anki, and find fun mnemonics on Memrise, so I have specific words at the ready.
- Prepare your cheat-sheet for everything you may want to say for a basic introduction conversation, and have it handy. Read through it so you are relatively confident about pronunciation, and paste words you don’t know into Forvo.
- Cram as much as you can and have a live conversation with a native speaker (30 minutes max!) on italki, so you can use what you know in real life. Rely on a dictionary to help move the conversation forward (see how I did this with Polish here).
What you CAN’T do yet (and shouldn’t expect from yourself) at this level
- Have exchanges that last more than 20 or so seconds
- Pronounce most words correctly
- Understand most of what that the other person says to you, beyond questions you may be ready for. That’s what Google Translate is there for!
- Form your own sentences (use your ready-made scripts for now)
- Talk about the other person or many things about your environment beyond very quick (prepared) descriptions
Mini-Missions from A1 – A2
- Learn vocabulary specific to your environment or what you do everyday. For me, here I start to learn vocab about travel or work on my blog. For Lauren, she started learning how to talk about Russian and ask questions about Russian in Russian (check it out in her Week 8 Russian update video in a few days!) Start turning things around in conversations so that you’re able to ask basic questions of your teacher or conversation partner and understand as many likely replies as possible.
- Listen to A2 level podcasts so your listening comprehension is brought up to this level.
- Try to expand your decks on Anki to cover more subjects, while still limiting them to things you’d be more likely to talk about often. Spend lots of time absorbing vocabulary.
- Flick through a grammar book, and look only at parts that feel non-intimidating and can help you express a point that has been making the language seem hard. Don’t actually study it (that’s for B levels). I suggest you look into verb conjugation and possibly past or future tense at this stage.
- Since there are many things you’ll want to say, but you’ll feel limited by grammar issues, learn conversational connectors to help your chats flow better. Try to use your words to form sentences that are comprehensible (grammatically correct isn’t important yet).
- Every single day, or every other day, get on Skype through italki and chat with a native speaker. Cram what you can before each session, but after each one make notes of what your biggest issues are, and create a new mini-mission to try to solve that problem. Repeat!
What you CAN’T do yet (and shouldn’t expect from yourself) at this level
- Understand half of what the other person says to you. At this point, you’ll likely recognize about 1 out of every 3 words.
- Pronounce new words correctly on the first try.
- Have a conversation with anyone – you will be ready to talk to patient natives who are used to conversing with foreigners for now
- Have a conversation about anything – like I said at the start, this level means so much more than always talking about the weather, but you can still talk about many topics. The trick is that you have to be prepared to talk about that, and study the vocabulary in advance. Conversations about random topics come later.
- Have perfect conversations. They will be messy right now, but you will be able to convey a lot of ideas.
- Produce grammatically correct sentences. Our goal at the A2 level is communication, and this requires some “Tarzan” sentences. I’d recommend tidying up your grammar at the B levels, not before.
- Understand the radio or news. You can start to enjoy cartoons or material made for learners.
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