C1 English level (advanced)

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 C1-level learner of English do?

Learners who achieve C1 Advanced level can:

  • understand a wide range of more difficult, longer texts and recognise implicit meanings
  • express themselves fluently and spontaneously with little need to search for the right expression
  • use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. They can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects.

Find learning materials at your 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 C1 listening, C1 reading and C1 writing skills. In our Grammar section, you can practise your C1 grammar.

There are also lots of video, audio and reading materials suitable for C1 Advanced level learners in Business and General English for further practice to help you improve. You can try activities in Video zone, Audio zone, B2-C1 stories, and Britain is GREAT.

In our Learning hub, there are lots of activities suitable for C1-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 C1-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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