As I write a comic book in French for language learners I thought it would be a good idea to update my qualifications. A long time ago I did senior high school French and the corresponding Alliance Française exams. A few years ago I did a few courses at the Alliance Française. This year I sat the (CEFR) A2 exam – a fairly low level exam just so I could see how it all works, and because I haven’t done an exam for a few years.
Europe has a set of standards for language skill, known in English as the “Common European Framework of Reference” (CEFR). The 6 levels go from A1 to C2, and reflect practical skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, rather than just grammatical skills. I hope to do the B1 exam soon, which is still a lower level than expected by international students entering TAFE in Australia, so I have a bit of a way to go. B2/C1 is needed for tertiary study.