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What CEFR levels are the elementary, intermediate and advanced exam papers?

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Hi,

Roughly what CEFR levels are the elementary, intermediate and advanced exam papers?   I just looked at the elementary specimen paper and it looks way tougher than A1, maybe even than A2!   Based on courses I have taken via Zoom, I thought I was somewhere between advanced beginner and lower intermediate. But there is a lot on this "elementary" specimen paper that has me running for the dictionary! 

Dankon!

Joe

 

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Hello, Joe,

thanks for your enquiry. Here are my thoughts on the topic.

EAB’s exams reflect to a great extent a ‘traditional’ approach to language exams, using translation as a major component. Unlike traditional exams, though, EAB’s are available at any time and  ‘open book’ – a candidate is given a number of days in which to complete the work, is allowed to use reference materials, but certifies that the work has not been aided by another person – so ‘running for the dictionary’ is fine!

The international ‘KER’ (CEFR) exams are good, modern and valuable as meeting internationally agreed standards. Of necessity they are exclusively in Esperanto – translation has no part in them. They have been less flexible in terms of administration and actually taking (the need to attend a specific location at a specific time), but recent experience with ‘virtual’ sessions may lead to greater flexibility.

Ii is difficult to compare such different exams, but I think that the level of language in EAB’s Elementary equates to high A2/ B1 in CEFR; Intermediate to high B1/ B2; Advanced to high B2 / possibly C1, but only just! It must be noted that CEFR/KER exams test all four skills (listening / reading / speaking / writing) at each level. EAB’s exams don't test listening at all - except as part of the Advanced speaking exam, within the conversation section; and only the Advanced exam tests speaking at all.

Whichever you choose (maybe both types?) – bonŝancon!

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