Language levels

We offer classes at all levels: from Beginners (A0) to Advanced (C2).

Those participants who have studied Polish will write a placement test which is intended to asses their knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary of the Polish language. On the basis of the test results and after the conversation with the teacher, you will be placed in a group suitable for your language level.

The Council of Europe developed The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which differentiates between the following levels:

Common European Reference for Languages

Polish courses and Fees


This level has not been recognised by CEF. It is used with reference to the least advanced users participating in very short courses. The course syllabus concentrates on simple everyday tasks. At this level the user familiarises himself/herself only with the basic pronunciation rules and simple phrases aimed at the satisfaction of everyday needs. The user knows about 300 – 500 words.

Basic user: breakthrough

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce himself/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is willing to help.

To reach this level you need to complete 80-120 lesson units.

Basic user: waystage

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to the areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in the areas of immediate need.

To reach this level you need to complete 180-200 lesson units.

Independent user: threshold

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school or during his/her free time, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple coherent texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events as well as dreams, hopes and ambitions. Can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

To reach this level you need to complete 350-400 lesson units. 

Independent user: vantage

Can understand the main ideas of a complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions related to his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and explain his/her viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

To reach this level you need to complete 500-600 lesson units.

Proficient user: effective operational proficiency

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express himself/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

To reach this level you need to complete 700-800 lesson units.

Proficient user: mastery

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express himself/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

To reach this level you need to complete 1000-1200 lesson units.

Levels of learning Polish in SVschool Language Center

The system of sublevels

Polski dla obcokrajowców

Based on The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, we’ve created an even more detailed division of Polish language proficiency levels:

A0 – Starter
A1.1 – Beginner 1
A1.2 – Beginner 2
A2.1 – Pre-intermediate 1
A2.2 – Pre-intermediate 2
B1.1 – Intermediate 1
B1.2 – Intermediate 2
B2.1 – Upper -1ntermediate 1
B2.2 – Upper -1ntermediate 2
C1.1 – Adwanced 1
C1.2 – Adwanced 2
C2.1 – Proficiency 1
C2.2 – Proficiency 2

Each sublevel is one course consisting of 51 ( intensive course) or 60 (semester course) lecture hours.