Levels of the ECL language exam Level C1 (Advanced)


The candidate can understand a wide range of demanding longer texts and recognise implicit meaning. The candidate can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. The candidate can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. The candidate can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Requirements According to Skills

Reading Comprehension

Owing to her high level of proficiency, the candidate can understand in detail a wide range of lengthy, complex texts (in social, educational, professional and vocational domains) also dealing with current issues and containing idiomatic expressions. The candidate can identify both the main points and the finer points of detail in unfamiliar communicative situations. The candidate can recognize the genre of various text types written for the average reader including their implied intentions.

Written Communication

The candidate is able to write detailed, coherent and descriptive argumentative texts in line with the norms of the target language in personal, formal and public communicative situations. Using written communication effectively, the candidate is able to express implied meaning.

Listening Comprehension

The candidate can follow a wide range of talks on abstract and complex topics beyond his/her own field including various conversations produced by native speakers. The candidate can understand announcements and lectures in detail and recognizes implicit attitudes. There could be several native speakers in the conversations who talk at a natural pace.

Oral Communication

The candidate can fluently and effortlessly produce clear and well-structured spoken texts in line with the norms of the target language emphasizing and connecting the major points, conclusions and logical relations. The candidate can effectively use idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.