B2 Upper intermediate

B2 English level (upper intermediate)

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) has six levels, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for users who are proficient in the language.

What can a B2-level learner of English do?

Learners who achieve B2 Upper intermediate level can:

  • understand the main ideas of complex texts on concrete or abstract topics, including some technical discussions
  • express themselves fluently and spontaneously enough to comfortably communicate with other English speakers
  • produce clear, detailed text on many subjects and explain a complex viewpoint on a topic, including expressing advantages and disadvantages.

Find learning materials at this level

The learning materials in the different sections on LearnEnglish are organised by English level based on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

In our Skills section, you can practise your B2 listening, B2 reading, B2 writing and B2 speaking skills. In our Grammar section, you can practise your B1-B2 grammar. In our Vocabulary section, you can practise your B1-B2 vocabulary.

There are also lots of video, audio and reading materials suitable for B2 Upper intermediate level learners in Business and General English for further practice to help you improve. You can try activities in Business magazineYou're HiredVideo zone, Audio zone, Magazine zone, B2-C1 stories, Britain is GREAT, Shakespeare and Word on the Street.

In our Learning hub, there are lots of activities suitable for B2-level learners to practise your English skills and interact with other learners from around the world.

You can also search for learning materials by level, by section of the site or by topics of interest.

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Discover online English courses at this level

Strengthen your B2-level English proficiency with our affordable online courses.

Practise with classmates in live group classes, get learning support from a personal tutor in one-to-one lessons or practise by yourself at your own speed with a self-study course.

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Find out your English level

You can take our online level test to get an approximate indication of the English level you are working towards or completing.

You can use the test result to help you find suitable learning materials at your level.

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