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Advanced

Level 7

 

  • Can understand native speakers of everyday standard English, even when not being directly addressed, and can therefore take part in normal interaction on almost the same terms as a native speaker.
  • Can produce speech fluent enough to convey feeling, to argue and maintain a point of view, or to convey complex information (e.g. explaining a process) to a listener.
  • In reading, can use specialist books written in English to acquire specialist knowledge (including new terminology), can recognize and respond to different styles of writing and, to some extent, to shades of meaning.
  • Can write fluently and with relatively few errors, not only on any topic but also in a range of styles (e.g. narrative, formal argument, business letters, prepared public speaking).
    A learner at the top of this level should be able to achieve a good pass in the Cambridge Advanced exam.
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Proficient

Level 8
  • Native speaker standard in every skill, with two major differences: a) in understanding, a lack of long familiarity with English culture (e.g. television programmes) may make some accents, dialects and cultural references less accessible than they would be to a native speaker; b)
  • A Proficient student may well be more at home - in all skills - with the more academically educated kind of English used in colleges, textbooks etc., than is normal with native speakers taken as a whole.
    A learner at the top of this level should be able to achieve a good pass in the Cambridge Proficiency exam