Understanding the Global Scale of English

The Global Scale of English (GSE) provides a detailed picture of language performance at different levels of proficiency and for individual skills. By combining course materials with assessment tools that are benchmarked to the Global Scale of English teachers can:

  • Understand their students’ levels of proficiency more precisely.
  • Monitor students’ progress in a granular way.
  • Make more informed choices for each student or class.

Global Scale of English in action

View our summary of what learners can do at a particular point on the global scale of English, with our GSE Learning Objectives summary.

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Global Scale of English CEFR TOEFL IELTS  
85 - 90 C2 120 9.0  
76 - 84 C1 110 - 119 8.0 - 8.5  
59 - 75 B2 87 - 109 6.5 - 7.5  
43 - 58 B1 57 - 86 5.5 - 6.0  
30 - 42 A2 n/a 4.5 - 5.0  
22 - 29 A1 n/a 3.5 - 4.0  
13 - 21 <A1 Tourist n/a 2.5 - 3.0  
10 - 12 <A1 n/a 0.0 - 2.0