The Barton English Vocabulary Test

THE BARTON ENGLISH VOCABULARY TEST: Test Your Vocabulary Online For Free

Having a strong vocabulary is essential for understanding and communicating effectively in English.

The Barton English Vocabulary Test was designed in the summer of 2012. The vocabulary test contains hundreds of unique fill-in-the-blank questions to help you build your vocabulary, level by level. In the test, you’ll have to select the most suitable word that matches the sentence in each question. The vocabulary test questions are divided into four English levels. Here is an example of an upper-intermediate question:

“To get more customers, the company decided to advertise by handing out … at shopping centers and in busy areas in the neighborhood.

leaflets prescriptions invoices objections

(The answer is leaflets).

Please read the level descriptions below to determine which level is best for you. Feel free to repeat the test again and again so you can learn from your mistakes. Good luck!

Intermediate (B1) (50 questions)

  • This level is designed to match CEFR B1 level (TOEFL:57-86, TOEIC:550, IELTS:4.5).
  • Sample vocabulary from this level: desire, judge, jealous, sink.

Upper-Intermediate (B2) (86 questions)

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

Advanced (C1) (62 questions)

  • This level is designed to match CEFR C1 level (TOEFL:110-120, TOEIC:880, IELTS:7.5, CAE).
  • Sample vocabulary from this level: procure, jeopardize, imprudent, mayhem.

Proficient (C2) (18 questions)

  • This level is designed to match CEFR C2 level (IELTS:9, CPE).
  • Sample vocabulary from this level: lewd, evoke, recalcitrant, grovel.
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Last updated: July 11th, 2012. All vocabulary test items are copyright Matthew Barton.