Assessing Your Level

Targeting a specific class, but not sure if it’s a good fit? To find the ideal class for your skill level, kindly arrange a Zoom assessment with the Alliance staff.  

To evaluate your proficiency, you can complete our online Placement Test. Begin with Step 1 at the level you are aiming for. It's important to understand that the test results are meant for your overall self-assessment and should not be relied upon for selecting a particular class.

NEW STUDENTS: Before registering, kindly arrange a Zoom evaluation test. Please note that this requirement does not apply to true beginners seeking Introduction to French or 101 class. 

Understanding Our Levels: The CECR Designations

The designations A1, A2, B1, B2, and C1 are CECR designations (CADRE EUROPEEN COMMUN DE REFERENCE), also known as the Common European Framework. This is a worldwide reference for measuring fluency in a language; the same system is used for the DELF and DALF exams.

A1: Beginner

Can understand and use familiar every day expressions and very basic phrases to respond to needs of a concrete type. Can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people they know and things they own. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person speaks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2: Lower Intermediate

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can explain simple and routine tasks requiring direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background and immediate environment.

B1: Intermediate

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered during work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the target language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2: Lower Advanced

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity with native speakers. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1: Advanced

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.



Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot A at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office. After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.


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