Assessing Your Language Skills

Use this diagnostic test to assess your current language skills to help you decide which stage is best for you.

Be honest and realistic!  If you start in a class which is at too low a level, you may get bored and frustrated.  If you join a class which is at too high a level, you may struggle to keep up.

Stage 1

Do you have little or no knowledge of the language? AND

  • would like to gain a University Certificate at the end of the course? AND / OR
  • know only some simple phrases such as ‘Hello/Goodbye / How are you?/Please, Thank you/Excuse me’? AND / OR
  • can introduce yourself and talk simply about your self/ family? e.g. 'I am a student, I live in Dundee'... etc.

If you answered YES to most of these questions this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Stage 2

Have you already learned some of this language either at school or a previous adult education class? AND

  • can you talk about your likes and dislikes?: 'I don’t like white wine, I prefer beer' . . . etc.
  • are you familiar with numbers up to at least 100?
  • can you order food and drinks in a restaurant, ask for tickets or book a room/table?, e.g. 'I would like to book a table for 7.30 tonight'
  • can you write a holiday postcard?
  • do you have a basic knowledge of grammatical structures?

If you answered YES to most of these questions in addition to those for Stage 1, this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Stage 3

Do you have a good Standard Grade/’O’ Grade/GCSE or have you attended adult education classes? AND / OR

  • have you spent a short time living in a country where the target language is spoken? AND
  • could you go shopping for clothes and ask for and describe what you want (colour, size, bigger, smaller, etc.) ? AND
  • could you talk or write in some detail about where you went on holiday last year and what you did? AND
  • could you talk or write about what you’re going to do next week?
  • do you have a general knowledge of basic grammar?

If you answered YES to most of these questions in addition to these for Stage 2 this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Stage 4

Do you have a good, recent Higher/AS Level or a rusty ‘A’ Level or have you attended adult education classes? AND / OR

  • have you spent some time living in a country where the target language is spoken? AND / OR
  • can you understand large numbers (e.g. 25,000/1996) when spoken at a natural native speaker level?
  • can you talk or write about different jobs/professions and give opinions?
  • can you use a range of tenses in your speech and writing? (past, present, future, conditional)

If you answered YES to most of these questions in addition to those for Stage 3, this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Stage 5

Do you have a good ‘A’ level/Advanced Higher? OR Have you attended adult education classes or lived in a country where the language is spoken AND / OR

  • can you arrange social events, holidays etc. confidently by telephone?
  • can you discuss current affairs to a limited extent?
  • can you use a wide range of tenses/moods in your speech and writing? (past, present, future, conditional, subjunctive)
  • can you understand most of what is said in conversations between native speakers?

If you answered YES to most of these questions in addition to those for Stage 4, this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Stage 6

Have you studied the language over a period of many years, or at University? Have you attended adult education classes to an advanced level or lived in a country where the language is spoken AND / OR

  • can you sustain a conversation, with some hesitation, on a variety of subjects?
  • can you follow most of the news on television/radio?
  • can you read articles from newspapers/magazines/internet without consulting a dictionary (much!) and write on a variety of topics, in a variety of registers e.g. formal letters, etc.?

If you answered YES to most of these questions in addition to those for Stage 5, this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Stage 7

Are you already fluent in the language and would like to practice in order to maintain your fluency?

If you answered YES, this is the right level for you.

Not sure?

If you are still unsure, please Contact Us.