Comparison of international certificates

International certificates


Common European Framework of Reference

Basic User
 

Independent User

Proficient User
 

Breakthrough

A1

Waystage

A2

Threshold

B1

Vantage

B2

Effectiveness

C1

Mastery

C2


A1.1

A1.2

A2.1

A2.2

B1.1

B1.2

B2.1

B2.2

C1.1

C1.2

C2.1

C2.2


British Council (IELTS)

Basic User

Basic User

Independent User
Band 4.0 to 4.5

Independent User
Band 5.0 to 6.0

Proficient User
Band 6.5 to 8.0

Proficient User
Band 8.5 to 9

 

 

University of Cambridge*

 


Key English Test

Preliminary English Test

First Certificate in English (FCE), Grade C

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), Grade C

Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), Grade C



Institut Français

DELF A1

DELF A2

DELF B1

DELF B2

DALF C1

DALF C2



Instituto Cervantes



Nivel Initial

Nivel Intermedio


Nivel Superior



Goethe-Institut

Start Deutsch 1

Start Deutsch 2

B1 Zertifikat Deutsch

Goethe-Zertifikat B2

Goethe-Zertifikat C1

Goethe-Zertifikat C2:
Großes deutsches Sprachdiplom

 

Test DaF



 

TDN 3

TDN 4/5




DSH*



 

DSH-1

DSH-2

DSH-3



UNICERT

 

UNIcert Basic

I

II

III

IV



Polish*
(national exam)



PL-B1

PL-B2

 

PL-C2



Dutch* (Univ. of Amsterdam and Leuven)


PTIT

PMT

PPT

PAT

 



Italian, CILS
University of Siena

A1 adulti all'estero

A2 adulti all'estero

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4



TOEFL iBT*

42-71

72-94

from 95

 

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TOEIC*

Listening/Reading 550
Speaking 120
Writing 120

 

Listening/Reading
785
Speaking 160
Writing 150

Listening/Reading
945
Speaking 200
Writing 200

Trinity College London

Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

ISE 0

ISE 1

ISE 2

ISE 3

ISE 4

Explanations

* The FZHB can provide information about the certificates and preparation courses but does not offer the tests itself and does not have any cooperations with any of the test providers

Information marked in yellow = language level required for university entrance

IELTS = International English Language Testing System, offered in Germany via The British Council

Test DaF = Geman language test required by foreign prospective students for university entrance; is recognised by all universities and Hochschulen

TDN = Test Daf Niveau. TDN3 corresponds to the top of the B2 level and the bottom of C1
level

DSH = German language test for university entrance of foreign prospective students

UNIcert = foreign language certificate issued by the Association of language centres, language teaching institutes and institutes of foreign languages at German universities (AKS)

CILS =Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera
TOEFL = Test of English as a Foreign Language
TOEIC=Test of English for International Communication
PAT = Profiel academische taalvaardigheid
PMT= Profiel maatschappelijke taalvaardigheid
PPT= Profiel professionele taalvaardigheid
PTIT= Profiel academische taalvaardigheid