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Level 6


  • Can give logical, clearly structured and detailed descriptions on complex subjects.

  • Can integrate sub-themes, develop particular points and round off with an appropriate conclusion which integrates personal opinions and research.

  • Can initiate and lead informal and formal discussions and explain and defend opinions using evidence from multiple sources.

  • Can demonstrate satisfactory grammatical control with non-systematic errors and minor flaws in sentence structure.

  • Can consistently vary intonation and place sentence stress correctly to express finer shades of meaning.

  • Can present with minimal need for/reference.



  • Can develop and produce a 7-10 page independent research paper that synthesizes multiple sources for a variety of disciplines. Can write essays which answer the question clearly.

    • Clear, well-structured expositions of complex subjects underlining relevant, salient issues.

    • Expand and support points of view at some length.

  • Can develop ideas to explain, analyze, synthesize, construct and expand upon personal observations and ideas.  

  • Can independently use and synthesize a range of sources from a variety of disciplines to support and develop their thesis.  

  • Can consistently use quality evidence and detailed descriptions to support an argument:

  • Can paraphrase, analyze, summarize, express original ideas that are new, independent, and are engaging.

  • Can demonstrate a good degree of  grammatical control of items at this  level with minor errors that do not obscure meaning.

  • Can convey complex ideas through accurate and appropriate use of a range of vocabulary and idiomatic  phrasing with correct form and meaning.

  • Can accurately format and use correct punctuation consistently.

  • Can spell a wide range of vocabulary accurately except for minor errors.



  • Can understand college lectures on abstract and complex topics beyond his/her own field though he/she may need to confirm occasional details, especially if the accent is unfamiliar.

  • Can listen for content words.  

  • Can activate prior knowledge to understand information.  

  • Can self-monitor for understanding.  

  • Can identify points of view & purpose.  

  • Can recognize and interpret tone (a range of idiomatic expressions, irony, and sarcasm).

  • Can take detailed notes during a lecture, recording the information accurately and close enough to the original that others can  use the notes to determine the main ideas and details.



  • Can understand in detail lengthy, linguistically complex texts, whether or not they relate to his/her own area of specialty, provided he/she can reread difficult sections.

  • Can understand the use of paraphrasing and complex metaphors.

  • Can preview/predict and skim/scan for a wide range of content from a variety of different text types and lengths in order to find key information or draw conclusions.

  • Can evaluate the quality, appropriateness, and reliability of texts for in-depth research tasks.

  • Can independently draw connections within and between multiple texts across various genres or subjects.

  • Can infer meaning and follow abstract argumentation to extract information and understand a text more deeply.

  • Can identify and analyze the purpose and tone of a text, including humor and irony.

  • Can take notes while reading using a variety of annotation strategies.

  • Can use context and a variety of reference sources to understand a broad range of academic and field-specific vocabulary, idiomatic or figurative language, and colloquialisms.

  • Can identify subtle vocabulary shifts based on genre and register differences.

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