Before instruction begins, IOR establishes a student’s proficiency level in the target language. This helps IOR and the teachers determine the materials, time requirements and teaching methods needed for students to meet their language goals.

IOR uses the Tell Me More® assessment process which comprises up to 200 multiple choice questions examining vocabulary- and grammar-based knowledge, as well as oral and written comprehension. The test is adaptive and adjusts to each student’s level so that students will not be forced to struggle with language well beyond their ability. We use this test because it is validated as statistically accurate and reliable, and is available anywhere a student has an Internet connection.

Benchmarks and Measurement

We know that when our clients invest in language training for their employees they want to see results. IOR adheres to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale to carefully monitor a student’s progress. The CEFR scale is a reference document that describes levels of proficiency required by existing standards, tests and examinations in order to facilitate comparisons between different systems of qualifications. This framework is used globally and is simple to follow. There are six levels divided among three classic divisions: basic, intermediate and advanced.

Achieving Language Proficiency

IOR uses the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) scale when assessing language students’ level of proficiency.

Achieving proficiency in a language requires a significant commitment. The number of hours shown in the chart is the total minimum number of guided hours of instruction students generally need to achieve that level of proficiency.

  • Guided instruction needs to be consistent over an extended period of time.
  • Students need a minimum of 3 instructional hours per week with additional practice outside of training.
  • Intensive courses can achieve some results fast, but the language skills must be reinforced.
  • At level B2 or higher, immersion in a country where the language is spoken in addition to formal training is needed to achieve more proficiency.
  • Without constant use and exposure, language proficiency can backslide to lower levels.

Students will vary in the number of hours they need depending on motivation, consistency in training and aptitude.

CEFR scale descriptions show what a student can do in each language skill after achieving each level of proficiency.