kmp. Levels Chart

The completion of a detailed written and oral test enables us to determine your current language level on a scale of 0-20 on the kmp. levels chart. Level 0 represents no prior knowledge of the target language whereas level 20 indicates the language level of an educated native speaker.

The kmp. levels chart specifically

  • establishes the relationship between current language level the and target level
  • highlights the necessary steps needed to achieve these targets
  • clearly illustrates actual progress made

The navigation bar (on the right) will guide you through the language levels from 0-20.

Structures   Listening Skills   Communication Skills   Reading Skills   Writing Skills
Level 20
        perfect command of target language        
Level 19
  • flawless and appropriate use of all grammatical structures
  • high idiomatic competency
  • negotiating on a high linguistic level (exact specification and negotiation of demanding contracts)
  • adapting to the conversational style of the opposite party
Level 18 – C2.3
  • following discussions and presentations on a high linguistic level
  • correct identification of subtle differences regarding intonation and emphasis
  • good understanding and recognition of various accents
  • drafting or translating general and specialist texts with ease and at a high stylistic level
Level 17 – C2.2
  • very good knowledge of idioms and collocations (good user competency)
  • browsing comprehensive texts efficiently extracting the most important and relevant information
Level 16 – C2.1
  • ability to largely understand subtle nationally and linguistically determined types of humour (plays on words, situational comedy, jokes etc.)
  • delivering eloquent presentations and speeches on a high linguistic level, and answering related questions
Level 15 – C1.3
  • knowledge of almost all grammatical structures (almost flawless use)
  • clear, precise and emphatic argumentation on the telephone, face to face or in a meeting
  • writing of precise business correspondence and comprehensive reports
Level 14 – C1.2
  • good comprehension of native speakers speaking at normal speed and/or with slight dialect (e.g. film dialogues)
  • understanding demanding newspaper and magazine articles; occasional confrontation with unfamiliar words and idioms
Level 13 – C1.1
  • knowledge of commonly-used idioms and collocations (intermediate user competency)
Level 12 – B2.3
  • following general and technical presentations but not necessarily under-
    standing all of the details
  • describing intricate processes and situations partly using over-
    complicated formulations and neologisms etc. which however hardly impede comprehension
  • giving detailed instructions in your field (induction of clients and colleagues in the target language)
  • sound understanding of complex specialist literature from your own field of business
  • drafting precise business letters/emails and comprehensive reports
    using a dictionary; occasional idiomatic mistakes still occur
Level 11 – B2.2
  • knowledge of almost all grammatical structures
    (in practical usage, typical mistakes still frequently arise)
Level 10 – B2.1
  • understanding the gist of
    TV or radio news
  • understanding the essence of moderately-difficult newspaper and magazine articles
Level 9 – B1.3
  • passive voice
  • participating in meetings, discussions and negotiations of medium difficulty (expressing situations contrary to fact, putting forward suppositions); lexical gaps invariably impede the flow of the conversation
  • writing coherent reports and business letters using simple content; mistakes in spelling, style and form still occur
Level 8 – B1.2
  • indirect speech
  • conditionals
  • following the gist of basic general or work-related discussions and presen-
  • understanding the essence of moderately-difficult business correspondence
  • understanding simple technical literature relating to your field
Level 7 – B1.1
  • various past tenses
  • present perfect vs. simple past
  • holding simple discussions
  • conducting simple telephone calls related to general or business topics
  • noting the important details of simple discussions in the target language using keywords
Level 6 – A2.3
  • future forms with ”will”
    and ”going to”
  • past continuous
  • following the gist of a short and simple conversation held by two native speakers
  • expressing the content of simple information in written form (e.g. very simple emails); mistakes in word order or spelling still frequently occur
Level 5 – A2.2
  • present continuous
  • communicating and comprehending simple work-related information
  • describing the basics of simple processes
  • understanding simple business letters and short reports, relating to your particular field of business
  • taking short and easily-comprehensible dictations (very simple business correspondence); frequent spelling mistakes still occur
Level 4 – A2.1
  • simple past
  • modal verbs ”can”, ”must”, ”want to”
  • understanding several consecutive sentences with simple content and spoken clearly
  • conducting simple, well-prepared telephone calls with co-operative native speakers
  • understanding the basic information concerning short and simple product descriptions in your line of business
Level 3 – A1.3
  • comparatives and superlatives
  • adverbs of time
  • imperatives
  • understanding simple questions, statements or instructions directed at you; repetition and additional clarification are still often required
  • making very simple comparisons of different products or services
  • giving simple information about daily working routine and schedule
  • articulating simple requests and demands (e.g. giving very simple work instructions)
  • understanding very basic correspondence
  • writing very simple information (e.g. post-
    cards or text messages relaying information about weather and well-being)
Level 2 – A1.2
  • simple present
  • affirmative, negative and interrogative forms
  • simple adjectives
  • understanding short and simple sentences, which are carefully articulated
  • describing people and objects in elementary terms (e.g. colour, size)
  • expressing pleasure and displeasure (e.g. paying a compliment)
  • confirming information by asking a question or requesting repetition
Level 1 – A1.1
  • ”to be” in the present form
  • personal pronouns
  • word order in a simple sentence
  • recognition of various colloquial expressions or phrases (e.g. greetings, basic polite forms)
  • greetings and introductions
  • talking about yourself (nationality, address, job)
  • saying how you feel /
    asking someone how they are/expressing thanks
  • spelling and counting from 0 to 100
  • recognition of short written words or sentences with simple meanings
  • entering personal details on simple forms
Level 0
        no prior knowledge of target language        
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We are also able to evaluate your language level in terms of the Common European Framework (CEF) level scale and level descriptions.