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Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and MetaMetrics® Lexile® Measures

Use the Internationally Accepted CEFR to Measure Student Ability

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is a standard used by educators worldwide to measure the language proficiency of nonnative speakers. TOEFL® Primary™ scores are mapped to CEFR levels, so you will know about your students’ abilities in relation to a widely accepted international standard.

See the following documents for more information about CEFR Levels:

Help Students Find the Right Books at the Right Reading Level with MetaMetrics Lexile Measures

TOEFL Primary Reading scores are also matched to MetaMetrics® Lexile® measures. Lexile measures help students, teachers and parents select reading material appropriate for a particular student’s English reading ability. Lexile measures are based on a developmental scale for measuring both readers and texts.

Browse the ever-growing Lexile Book Database and find the right books for your students.

Speaking

Level Abilities
5 Out of 5 Stars Students speak in English to expand descriptions, communicate multistep directions and tell stories effectively. They successfully ask questions and make simple requests.

They can:

  • Use a wide range of vocabulary and grammatical structures effectively
  • Include relevant details to expand descriptions, give directions and tell stories
  • Include structures such as connecting words and phrases that make directions and stories easy to follow
  • Form questions and requests appropriately and use intonation to communicate meaning
  • Speak fluidly with few errors in pronunciation or intonation
4 Out of 5 Stars Students speak in English to express and explain what they like and give directions. They begin to expand their descriptions of things and events.

They can:

  • Use appropriate word choices
  • Use complete statements to communicate ideas
  • Use appropriate grammatical structures
  • Begin to form questions and requests
  • Speak clearly with few errors in pronunciation or intonation
3 Out of 5 Stars Students speak in English to say what they like and give some descriptions. They begin to ask questions and tell stories

They can:

  • Use words and phrases to communicate meaning
  • Use a limited number of grammatical structures to describe objects and actions
  • Begin to form questions and requests
  • Begin to communicate a sequence of events
  • Pronounce words and statements clearly most of the time
2 Out of 5 Stars Students begin to speak in English using words and simple statements. They begin to say what they like and give some descriptions.

They can:

  • Say some common words in familiar categories, such as home, school, family, colors, animals and actions
  • Communicate meaning in short, simple statements (examples: The tiger is big. The zoo has two birds.)
  • Pronounce words and phrases clearly but slowly some of the time
1 Out of 5 Stars Students attempt to speak in English using words and simple phrases.

They may be able to:

  • Say some common words in familiar categories such as home, school, family, colors, animals and actions
  • Say simple phrases

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