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How much time will it take to prepare for English?
How much time will it take to prepare for English?
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How much time will it take to prepare for English?

The following table shows how the match scores in IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL, which are often accepted by colleges, universities, and levels of English (as their well-established in educational practice names and in the names for the common European framework CEF).

In the column "Number of hours" specified a minimum number of training time from zero to reach each level according to CEF standards. For so many hours, as a General rule, a program offered by most language courses. However, it should be remembered that these numbers are approximate, and the rate of mastering a foreign language depends on many factors – previous language training, intensity of training, practice, motivation, student age, and many others.

The ratio of the European scale of levels of English with IELTS

The European scale of levels The level of language proficiency Number of academic hours IELTS scores
S2 Proficient (Fluent) 800+ 7,5+
C1 Advanced 660+ 6,5 - 7,0
B2 Upper-Intermediate 540+ 5,0 - 6,0
B1+ Intermediate 420+ 4 - 4,5
B1 Pre-Intermediate 300+ 3,0
A2 Elementary 180+ 1,0 - 2,0
A1 Basic 60+ -

The ratio of the European scale of levels of English with TOEFL

The European scale of levels The level of language proficiency Number of academic hours TOEFL CBT (Computer-based Test), score
S2 Proficient (Fluent) 800+ 280+
C1 Advanced 660+ 213 - 277
B2 Upper-Intermediate 540+ 173 - 210
B1+ Intermediate 420+ 133 - 170
B1 Pre-Intermediate 300+ 97 - 130
A2 Elementary 180+ 57 - 93
A1 Basic 60+ -

The ratio of the European scale of levels of English from Cambridge ESOL

The European scale of levels The level of language proficiency Number of academic hours Cambridge ESOL, title
S2 Proficient (Fluent) 800+ CPE
C1 Advanced 660+ CAE
B2 Upper-Intermediate 540+ FCE
B1+ Intermediate 420+ PET
B1 Pre-Intermediate 300+ KET
A2 Elementary 180+ -
A1 Basic 60+ -

How to determine the time required for language training

Suppose
- Your current level of English - Upper-Intermediate (B2 of the CEF);
- Entry requirements of Your chosen University – IELTS score of 7.0, which corresponds to the level of Advanced (C1 CEF).
Therefore, You'll need (roughly): 660-540=120 academic hours of language training (by the standards of the CEF).

We emphasize again that these figures show the approximate amount of time required for classroom instruction. In practice, they should be increased by 50-100% - this time in extra tutoring, homework and language practice, without which it is impossible to imagine learning a foreign language.

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