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CEFR levels

CEFR stands for Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It sets out a range of language aptitude levels that can be applied to all European languages when learned as a second or other language.

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What are CEFRs used for?

Courses and examinations in English as a foreign language are increasingly tied to CEFR levels, both in Europe and around the world. The six levels range from A1 (beginner) to C2 (fluent, near-native and able to use English in professional or literary contexts).

The Council of Europe provides a useful self-assessment framework for skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. You can find it here.

Usborne books with CEFR levels

Many titles in the Usborne Reading Programme have been assessed for their CEFR reading level. When you find a book you like, look for the CEFR level in the Book Information panel.

Choosing the right book

To help you choose a book that's suited to your child's reading level, Usborne support a number of reading level systems. For more information visit Usborne reading levels.

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