Level Placement Chart

101 / 102


Ability upon Completion:
  • Knows a few words and phrases
  • Can respond to simple questions and directions
102 / 103

High Beginner

Ability upon Completion:
  • Has a basic ability to communicate in everyday situations
  • Can understand English when spoken slowly and clearly
104 / 105


Ability upon Completion:
  • Understands most questions and statements at normal speaking speed
  • Can carry on conversations with native speakers
  • Can use English to shop, order food in restaurants, and ask for directions
105 / 106

High Intermediate

Ability upon Completion:
  • Can communicate facts and opinions
  • Is learning to discuss and argue in a culturally acceptable way
Options Upon Completion
  • Can begin the Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL® iBT or Business English Program
107 / 108


Ability upon Completion:
  • Can use English with growing accuracy and fluency, including reading and writing
  • Can participate fully in most conversations
Options Upon Completion
  • Is qualified to take a University Certificate Program at participating ELS locations
  • Can conduct business in English on a basic level
108 / 109

High Advanced

Ability upon Completion:
  • Is prepared for most social situations
  • Knows the meaning of a wide range of idioms
  • Can maintain extended conversations with native speakers
Options Upon Completion
  • Can earn college credit or enroll concurrently in a university
  • Is prepared to enter a two-year college (Only English for Academic Purposes students who complete Level 109)
110 / 111 / 112


Ability upon Completion:
  • Can speak and understand English with ease
  • Is proficient enough in reading and writing to satisfy professional and university requirements (EAP students)
Options Upon Completion
  • Is prepared to begin a four-year American college or university degree program (only English for Academic Purposes students who complete Level 112)
  • Can conduct business competently in English