China's first scale for English proficiency levels will be implemented June 1, according to the Ministry of Education and State Language Affairs Commission.
The scale -- the first comprehensive scaling system for teaching, learning and testing the language -- will be helpful in unifying various English tests with different standards and deepening the interconnection between exams at home and abroad.
The scale is divided into nine levels based on English proficiency, covering all the education periods from elementary school to university.
Specifically, levels 1-2 are for elementary students, level 3 is for junior high school students, level 4 is for high school students, levels 5-6 are for college students with non-English majors, level 7 is for college students majoring in English, and levels 8-9 are for people with superior English language skills.
Along with defining competencies in listening, speaking, reading and writing, the scale also includes pragmatic competence, such as translation and interpretation.
This aims to help foster students' practical language capacity, cultural awareness and intercultural communication skills.