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 the English Vocabulary Profile (EVP) and the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA).
Description of English Levels
Elementary (A2) (15 questions)
- This level is designed to match CEFR A2 level (TOEIC:225, IELTS: 3).
- Sample vocabulary from this level: fast, earn, write.
Intermediate (B1) (31 questions)
- This level is designed to match CEFR B1 level (TOEFL iBT:42, TOEIC:550, IELTS:4.5).
- Sample vocabulary from this level: suggest, doubt, interview.
Upper-Intermediate (B2) (48 questions)
- This level is designed to match CEFR B2 level (TOEFL iBT:72, IELTS:6, FCE).
- Sample vocabulary from this level: threaten, reliable, adjust.
Advanced (C1) (79 questions)
- This level is designed to match CEFR C1 level (TOEFL iBT:95, TOEIC:945, IELTS:7.5, CAE).
- Sample vocabulary from this level: gossip, eligible, optimistic.
Proficient (C2) (125 questions)
- This level is designed to match CEFR C2 level (TOEFL iBT: 114, IELTS:9, CPE).
- Sample vocabulary from this level: align, spontaneous, forfeit.
Native English Speaker (10 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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Note: If you'd like to try this vocabulary test in a different format so you can do more questions, you can do so here.
- Vocabulary quiz and questions copyright Matthew Barton of Englishcurrent.com
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.
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.
Thank you so much for this amazing test.
I scored native. What’s the validity of this score?
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.
Well, a non-native speaker of English can be proud of themselves anyway :) I am indeed :))
.the test was so refreshing,I love it so much
Excellent collection of words…..
I think it is one of the most helpful sites. Thank you for your hard efforts.
Level: Native / Lives: Congratulations you erudite scholar! You’ve attained the highest level. Your vocabulary knowledge is far beyond that of an English-language learner. To wit, your work on this webpage is done. Go celebrate!
I am a Ph.D. Scholar and my major is CEFR Vocabulary Wordlist available on EVP. I have three questions?
1. is any pdf file of the vocabulary tests?
2. Are there any Published research Articles on this site and the use of these tests?
3. Would you like me to reach you via email to use and contribute to vocabulary testing?
Hello. Regarding the PDF, yes, you can access it here: https://www.englishcurrent.com/free-vocabulary-test-pdf/ . This site has no published research articles related to vocabulary. At the moment, we aren’t in need of any contributions for vocabulary testing. All the best.
The experience was great I would like to try again.
it is very helpful especially for those who are not fond of paper and pencil test. :)
Thanks a million!Your tests are excellent.
good luck to everyone
Where can I get the validity and reliability data of these tests? Has it been investigated?
I am a research scholar doing a comparitive study on different placement tests and n3d the data. Request you to kindly help me with this.
Hello. Vocabulary was chosen based on its ranking in the EVP (https://www.englishprofile.org/wordlists) and frequency in COCA (https://www.english-corpora.org/coca/). I have not done any testing beyond that to ensure the validity of the levels.