I am sure that you, as anyone who studies a foreign language, I would like to know how far you have come to learn and how you can evaluate your achievements. No, we do not talk about exams on the knowledge of foreign Language … though it is also an interesting topic, and we must remember about it in one of the following articles. In fact, the purpose of any examination is to determine not the number of learned words and grammatical constructions but whether people can communicate (to understand others and express their thoughts) in a foreign language, and compare the result with a certain 'benchmark'. So, for most of the tests in this 'standard' are so-called 'Common European Framework of Reference for Languages' (also known as the CEFR), created by the Council of Europe in the nineties of the last century.
It is for these recommendations is proposed to determine the level of any foreign language. I am confident that you will be interested to know more about these recommendations. Thus, the CEFR are three basic levels of proficiency (basic, self-ownership and free), and each of these levels divided into two sublevels. Total of Reference for Languages are six (A1-2, B1-2 and C1-2). As also owns a foreign language a person who is at the level A1 ('survival rate')? In fact, it's a level sufficient to a foreign country does not appear absolutely helpless – to be able to call themselves, specify the address of your hotel or home, to understand some words or even basic phrases companion who is ready a few times slowly and clearly repeat them.