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Proficiency Levels

Proficiency Levels for All Languages

Berlitz has developed standardized proficiency levels for all the languages we teach so that we can measure your existing ability and chart your progress.

Click on the numbers below to see descriptions of the levels.

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Functional Ability Intermediate Ability Upper Intermediate Ability Advanced Ability Professional Ability
Functional Ability

Level 1


Knowledge of language is sufficient to communicate in a very limited way, with the simplest oral and listening tasks and situations.
Intermediate Ability
Upper Intermediate Ability
Advanced Ability
Professional Ability

I was a bit intimidated when I discovered that my teacher would only speak Italian to me, right from the start. I had no idea how I’d even get through that first lesson. But it was incredible. Within moments, Lucia and I were communicating in Italian. She was patient and clear and flexible, while guiding me through a structured lesson that was easy to follow. I was hooked.

Jennifer Lee, Director, Frozen

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