Russian Profeciency Levels


Our Russian level system is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and The Test of Russian as a Foreign Language levels (TORFL).



Levels & Hours* CEFR Levels** Russian Standard
TORFL***
Russian Voice Courses
By the end of this level you will be able to:
Beginner

60-80 hours

45-60 lessons (60 minutes)
A1

"Discovery"
Elementary
TEL

Russian Start-Up

Vacation & Travel Russian



- read Russian and know the fundamentals of Russian pronunciation;

- introduce yourself and answer simple questions about yourself, your family, country and work;

- participate in simple conversations;

- shop or travel with basic Russian.

Elementary

100-120 hours

75-90 lessons (60 minutes) 
A2

"Survival"
Basic
TBL

Russian
Start-Up +

Vacation & Travel Russian

Academic Russian


- make purchases in a shop, use the local public transport, discuss the weather with people around;

- read short simple texts from magazines and newspapers, signboards, direction signs, notices, etc.;

- initiate a dialogue in simple standard situations;

- write a short letter, a memo, a greeting card;

- use grammar and lexical skills to formulate statements about your plans in a limited number of situations.

This level certificate is required to obtain a Russian citizenship, but not enough to study at the Russian educational institutions, except for preparatory faculties (programs or courses) for foreigners where future students receive a one-year special language training.

Pre-Intermediate

120 hours

90 lessons
(60 minutes) 
B1

"Threshold"
I
Certification Level
TORFL — 1

Russian Master

Conversational Russian

Business Russian

Academic Russian

Fast Track to TORFL


-talk with confidence (go shopping, book a hotel room);

- tell about yourself, family, work, studies, occupation, interests, education, traditions, culture, holidays, traveling, main issues of contemporary life;

- handle most life situation being in Russian-speaking country;

- read short texts from,newspapers, magazines and books;

- write and understand simple written text;

- read short texts from,newspapers, magazines and books;

- write and understand simple written text;

Intermediate

120 hours

90 lessons
(60 minutes)
B1+

"Threshold"
I
Certification Level
TORFL — 1

Russian Master Plus

Business Russian

Academic Russian

Fast Track to TORFL


- read short texts from,newspapers, magazines and books;

- write and understand simple written text;

- understand a wider range of Russian grammar and vocabulary;

- make notes & understand most of the general meaning of lectures, meetings, TV programmes;

- extract basic information from a written document.

This level certificate gives the right to enter higher educational institutions.

Upper-Intermediate

160-200 hours

120-150 lessons
(60 minutes)
B2

"Advanced"
II
Certification Level
TORFL — 2

Russian Expert

Business Russian

Academic Russian

Russian Cultural Awareness

Fast Track to TORFL


- take part in extended conversations;

- write plans, thesis or,synopsis based on the texts you've read or heard;

- write own informative,texts in form a of private or business letter, as well as official texts (such as applications, requests etc.);

- understand dialogues from everyday communication with clearly expressed positions of the speakers; radio news, advertising; dialogues from feature films and TV programs;

- maintain dialogue by,implementing the given communication strategy;

- act as initiator of an,interrogation dialogue;

- speak about what you've seen and express your own view and evaluation, analyze a topic in a free speech situation;

- perceive and use,lexical and grammatical language means in an adequate way to ensure the,correct linguistic form of the phrase.

This level certificate is needed to obtain Bachelor's, Master's and PH.D. degrees excluding certain subjects.

Advanced

200-220 hours

150-165 lessons
(60 minutes)
C1

"Autonomous"
III Certification Level
TORFL — 2
Russian Professional

Russian Literature

Academic Russian

Russian Cultural Awareness

Fast Track to TORFL

- take part in lengthy conversations and discussions;

- write and understand most text including formal, academic and professional documents;

- easily understand TV, plays, films, lectures and presentations;

- read Russian literature;

- achieve any communication goals in a prepared and non-prepared dialogue conversation, including public communication.

This level certificate is needed to obtain Bachelor's and Master's degree in the humanities.



* 1 hour = 45 minutes

**The CEFR is an internationally recognized framework that describes 6 levels of language ability from A1 for beginners up to C2 for those who have mastered a language. The CEFR is used by organizations all over the world as a reliable benchmark of language ability. 

*** The Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL) is a standardized test supervised by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. The test has six levels, conforming to schema of the Association of Language Testers in Europe, and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Supplementary Resources

 Levels of Competence in Russian as a Foreign Language
 

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