The Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a series of descriptions of abilities which can be applied to any language. These descriptors can be used to set clear targets for achievements within language learning, to help define language proficiency levels and to interpret language qualifications. It has become accepted as a way of benchmarking language ability, not only within Europe but worldwide, and plays a central role in language and education policy. Cambridge English Language Assessment was involved in the early development of this standard and all of their examinations are aligned with the levels described by the CEFR. Cambridge English exams are aligned with the CEFR levels described in this table. Find out more here.