A1 (Breakthrough/Beginner)

A1 is one of the CEFR levels described by the Council of Europe.

A basic ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way.


Can ask simple questions about a menu and understand simple answers.

Can follow speech that is very slow and carefully articulated, with long pauses for him/her to assimilate meaning.

Can recognise familiar names, words and very basic phrases on simple notices in the most common everyday situations.

A1 level exams

At this level you can do the A1 SELT from Trinity or the PTE General A1 level test

A1 level practice

This web site contains practice tests at A1 level for listening, reading, grammar and vocabulary.