What does this English C1 test measure?
TestGorilla’s English language C1 test evaluates your candidates’ skills in four different areas:
• Reading: Reading skills refer to how well candidates can understand and work with a complex text in written form. Since you’re looking to hire a person with a C1-level proficiency, they shouldn’t have problems interpreting even the most complicated and technical topics.
• Writing: Testing candidates’ writing skills is essential for most specialized jobs. Applicants should be able to write about complex topics with ease, and make no grammatical or syntax errors.
• Speaking: Speaking skills refer to how well candidates can communicate their ideas and thoughts to others verbally. With this test, you can assess candidates’ abilities to form complete sentences; you can further test their speaking skills during phone interviews. A candidate with a C1-level proficiency will be able to hold a conversation on any topic without difficulty.
• Listening: Candidates with a C1-level proficiency will be able to understand others nearly 100% of the time, regardless of the other person’s accent and the idioms and expressions they use. With this test, you’ll be able to assess your applicants’ listening comprehension.
What is the CEFR Framework?
CEFR, short for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, is an international framework used to describe language proficiency in six levels, from beginner (A1) to native-level proficiency (C2).
The CEFR scale’s six proficiency levels are
• A1 level (beginner): A person who has this level of language skills will know how to introduce themselves, understand a couple of phrases, and have very simple interactions with another person.
• A2 level (elementary): An applicant whose language skills are at an A2 level can speak about more diverse topics such as their family, community, job, and more. They’ll be able to receive and understand basic instructions and perform routine tasks.
• B1 level (intermediate): At this level, candidates can hold a simple conversation on topics such as employment, personal and professional plans, travels, and more. They make mistakes when speaking, but they can still have a conversation with both native and non-native speakers.
• B2 level (upper-intermediate): Candidates who have a B2 level of fluency will be able to talk about a variety of topics with native speakers and write detailed texts with few mistakes.
• C1 level (advanced or operational proficiency): Candidates who have a C1 level of proficiency can read, write, and speak on almost any topic with ease, no matter how complex, difficult, or technical it is.
• C2 level (full proficiency): This is the last level on the CEFR scale and describes native proficiency. At this level, users have full mastery of the language and can navigate any situation without making any mistakes.