Determine Your English Proficiency Level with These Very Easy Steps

Do you want to determine your English proficiency easily? Knowing your ability leven when it comes to your communication skills is important especially for those about to take on academe or professional work. It is also essential to those who are about to start preparing for language proficiency exams, such the International English Language Test System (IELTS) or the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). Knowing your English language skills level will help you determine what you need to improve on.

Here are simple steps to know your English proficiency level.


Step 1: Take a sample international English proficiency exam. They are all over the net. Take either the IELTS or the TOEFL. Of course, you will only be able to assess your Listening and Reading skills on your own, since Writing and Speaking require examiners to assess your work. You can also take sample TOEFL exams, but these are more difficult to find.  Since sample IELTS examinations are mostly online, these are also for free.

Step 2: Compare your band score to the existing standard. Whatever result you get in the listening and reading tests, these have corresponding band scores. These scores range from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest band. Each band score have a specific description which would accurately tell you your status when it comes to comprehensive skills.

Step 3: In order to determine your expressive proficiency, write an essay and ask an authority in English – a teacher, an IELTS assessor, a writing mentor – to give an honest evaluation of your work. This is especially useful if you want to know what you need to improve in. Is it your Grammar? Your word usage? These can be gauged when your write-up is evaluated.

Step 4: Converse with an authority in the language. This is a near as you can getting to getting an honest evaluation of your speaking prowess. Again, ask an authority figure – a teacher specifically. Allow yourself to converse freely. Do your best to express yourself. Afterwards, ask the person you had the conversation with for points for improvement. Again, this will not help you gauge your current standing in English communication, it would also give you an outsider’s view on the things that need a little more work. Is it your pronunciation? Your grammar? Did you make mistakes in word usage?

The beautiful thing about knowing your English proficiency is that this is the first step to true improvement. If you know what to improve on, you – or with the help of teachers and mentors – you will be able to take steps to better yourself.

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