A general guide to the proficiency levels used by Listen & Learn.
A beginner does not understand or speak the language. Complete or true beginners have had no previous exposure to the language, and false beginners have had some prior experience with the language (whether it be through every day life, media, or previous schooling).
An elementary learner can understand a basic level of the language and can understand and use common words, phrases, and structures. They can typically understand and read a little more than they can produce spontaneously.
A lower intermediate learner can understand the language fairly well and speak in familiar situations. They have a reasonable vocabulary and understanding of language construction. They can often read a fair amount of the written language, but may find writing difficult.
Intermediate learners speak well, but not fluently, and understand most spoken language. Mistakes are still quite common, but they can read quite well and can write using common sentence patterns.
An upper intermediate learner can understand almost all everyday spoken and written language. They can speak confidently, even in unfamiliar situations, and their standard of writing is quite high.
An advanced learner usually communicates clearly and effectively in both spoken and written language. There are occasional errors or misunderstandings, but they generally have no trouble with listening and reading.