General English Certificates

Schools who are interested in offering Westminster College certificates in English for General Purposes should send the following documents by email to

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WCL Framework of Language Proficiency

WCL Level 1             Basic                                      Equivalent to IELTS  1 – 2

WCL Level 2             Elementary                            Equivalent to IELTS  2.5 – 3

WCL Level 3             Pre-Intermediate                   Equivalent to IELTS  3.5 – 4

WCL Level 4             Intermediate                          Equivalent to IELTS  4.5 – 5

WCL Level 5             Upper-Intemediate                Equivalent to IELTS  5.5 – 6

WCL Level 6             Advanced                              Equivalent to IELTS  6.5 – 7

WCL Level 7             Fluent                                    Equivalent to IELTS 7.5 – 9

The WCL Framework is designed to help students internationally to prove their language skills for a special purpose. Upon completion of each level, student will receive a certificate indicating the current student level. The employers can also be assured that the holder of the certificate meets the international requirements for each level.

WCL Level 1 Basic

Learners is able to understand and speak a few things in English such as expressions of greeting, numbers,  shopping and travelling. Is not able to hold conversation and usually fails to speak face to face.

WCL Level 2 Elementary

Learner is able to understand language used in daily conversation and use present tenses. Simple conversation on familiar topics is done with some difficulty and can talk about likes/dislikes, order a meal in a restaurant, asking for jobs, family and routines, can understand and write basic text.

WCL Level 3 Pre-Intermediate

Learners have limited to basic knowledge of the English language. Learner can also make simple sentences and can understand the main points of a conversation but need much more vocabulary. Can write & understand simple written text and understand a wider range of grammar.

WCL Level 4 Intermediate

Learner can speak and understand reasonably well and can use basic tenses but have problems with more complex grammar and vocabulary. Can take part in routine conversations; write & understand simple written text; make notes & understand most of the general meaning of lectures, meetings, TV programmes, talk about the art and technology, and extract basic information from a written document.

WCL Level 5 Upper-Intermediate

Learner speaks and understands well but still make mistakes and fail to make himself/herself understood occasionally. Can take part in extended conversations; write &  understand most text, including a simple essay; understand most of a TV programme, presentation or lecture, but not technical or theoretical information. Can also evaluate ideas and is able to think critically.

WCL Level 6 Advanced

Learner  speaks and understands very well but sometimes have problems with unfamiliar situations and vocabulary. Learner can convey his/her desired meaning  in conversations & discussions; summarize texts, write and understand most text including formal, academic and  professional documents ; easily understand materials on TV and radio, films, and presentations.

WCL Level 7 Fluent

Learner speaks and understands English completely fluently.


Upon completion of our English Courses for General Purposes in one of our accredited language centres, student will receive a certificate indicating the level of the proficiency.

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