The Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) is an association of language exam providers.ALTE now establishes a six-level framework of language examination standards.
The following table compares the ALTE levels with the CEF levels and EFL exams:
|ALTE level||CEFR level||ESOL exam||IELTS exam||TOEIC||TOEFL|
|Level 4||C1||CAE||6.5 - 7||701 - 910||236 - 275|
|Level 3||B2||FCE||5 - 6||541 - 700||176 - 235|
|Level 2||B1||PET||3.5 - 4.5||381 - 540||126 - 175|
|Level 1||A2||KET||3||246 - 380||96 - 125|
Illustrations of the European levels of language proficiency
In order to ensure that the reference levels set out in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) are interpreted in the same way by all language professionals, the Language Policy Division is developing material illustrating these levels in a number of languages.
A number of DVDs showing oral performances illustrating the six levels in various languages are already available and others are in preparation. Some examples of written performance are available on line and more will follow. Items and tasks for testing reading and listening comprehension skills in several languages at all six levels are available on CD-ROM.
A number of assessment bodies working in various contexts and on different languages are helping to develop this material.
Information and details on available material : www.coe.int/portfolio