Levels of the ECL language exam – Level A2 (Beginner)


The candidate understands sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). The candidate is able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. The candidate can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Requirements According to Skills

Reading Comprehension

Can understand short, simple, concrete or general texts on familiar matters which consist of high-frequency, everyday or job-related language containing the highest frequency vocabulary and a proportion of shared international terms.

Written Communication

The candidate is able to compose short texts that convey basic information in different situations. The candidate can write a simple coherent text relating to matters in areas of their interest. He/she is able to form relatively precise questions about problems or explain such topics. The candidate uses simple structures, and his/her composition is generally uneasy, but on-going. Although there might be grammatical and spelling mistakes, most of the information is understandable.

Listening Comprehension

The candidate can understand simple public announcements and conversations between two native speakers provided they talk about general topics related to the personal experiences of the candidate and their speech is clearly and slowly articulated. The exam assesses whether the candidate is able to identify the principal message in semi-authentic media and voice recordings and understand their factual details.

Oral Communication

The candidate is able to communicate in everyday situations requiring simple and immediate information exchange using a short series of simple phrases and sentences in a list. The candidate can appropriately react to and ask questions, and express his/her basic communicative intentions and feelings. The candidate has a limited vocabulary. His/her pace of speech is slower than that of an average native speaker and interrupted by pauses. The influence of her mother-tongue can be felt with respect to her pronunciation, accent and intonation.