CEFR Levels

Full Listening Self-assessment Grid


I have no difficulty understanding any non-specialist spoken language, whether live or broadcast, in any register.

I essentially understand everything that typical educated native speakers understand, including fast colloquial speech, in almost any accent, in any register, on an extensive range of topics.


I can understand virtually all formal extended speech and virtually all fast colloquial spontaneous speech, whether on concrete or abstract topics, even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied rather than signalled explicitly.

I can understand television programs and films without too much effort.

But I may have occasional difficulty understanding some fast-paced informal interactions between native speakers.


I can understand extended speech including formal lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. I have little difficulty with concrete topics, but complex or abstract topics may present some difficulty.

I can understand most TV news and current affairs programs, and the majority of films in standard dialect.

I can understand most normal spontaneous speech, but I may have some difficulty when it is very fast or very colloquial.


I can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters, or on concrete topics, such as those I regularly encounter in work, school, leisure, etc.

I understand the main point of many radio or TV programs on current affairs or on topics of personal or professional interest if the delivery is relatively slow and clear.

I can understand much informal speech, but fast idiomatic or colloquial speech is often challenging. I often need speakers to speak a little more slowly and carefully on extended topics.


I can understand phrases and simple statements and the highest frequency vocabulary related to basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, work, etc.

I can catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.

I can understand normal speech if the topic is familiar, the language simple and the delivery slow and clear. Most extended informal speech is beyond my comprehension.


I can recognize familiar words and very basic phrases concerning myself, my family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.