Barton Vocabulary Quiz – Check Your English Level

This vocabulary quiz was designed for ESL students (not native speakers of English). The quiz will determine your English level based on your vocabulary knowledge. The difficulty of each word has been determined by its frequency in the Corpus of Contemporary American English.

Description of English Levels

Intermediate (B1) (44 questions)

  • This level is designed to match CEFR B1 level (TOEFL:57-86, TOEIC:550, IELTS:4.5).
  • Sample vocabulary from this level: suggest, doubt, interview.

Upper-Intermediate (B2) (55 questions)

  • This level is designed to match CEFR B2 level (TOEFL:87-109, IELTS:6, FCE).
  • Sample vocabulary from this level: threaten, reliable, adjust.

Advanced (C1) (67 questions)

  • This level is designed to match CEFR C1 level (TOEFL:110-120, TOEIC:880, IELTS:7.5, CAE).
  • Sample vocabulary from this level: gossip, eligible, optimistic.

Proficient (C2) (119 questions)

  • This level is designed to match CEFR C2 level (IELTS:9, CPE).
  • Sample vocabulary from this level: align, spontaneous, forfeit.

Native English Speaker (8 questions)

  • This level is reserved for words that are beyond the difficulty of C2, i.e. with roughly two or fewer occurrences per million words in the Corpus of Contemporary American English.

 

You will start off at the intermediate (B1) level. Scroll down to begin.

How to Play

  • Select the best word to complete the sentence.
  • If you make three mistakes, you die.
  • If you get three questions correct in a row, you can advance a level.

The Barton Vocabulary Quiz

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– Vocabulary quiz and questions copyright Matthew Barton of Englishcurrent.com

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4 comments on “Barton Vocabulary Quiz – Check Your English Level

  1. Bin Wu (Posted on 6-22-2017 at 16:28) Reply

    How can I get the Native English Speaker (8 questions)
    This level is reserved for words that are beyond the difficulty of C2, i.e. with roughly two or fewer occurrences per million words in the Corpus of Contemporary American English.

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 7-5-2017 at 03:33) Reply

      Hello Bin. You have to get three answers correct in a row four times (12 correct answers in a row would do this). Slowly, you will move up levels until you reach Native English speaker.

  2. Frans Ootjers (Posted on 8-22-2017 at 15:34) Reply

    I scored native. What’s the validity of this score?

    1. MB (Posted on 8-22-2017 at 23:04) Reply

      Well, there’s so much more to communication than vocabulary, so essentially, the score doesn’t mean you are a native English speaker. It merely means you have a vocabulary that is comparable to native English speakers.

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