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Language Proficiency Definitions
Proficiency CodeSpeaking DefinitionsReading Definitions
0 - No Practical Proficiency No practical speaking proficiency. No practical reading proficiency.
1 - Elementary Proficiency Able to satisfy routine travel needs and minimum courtesy requirements Able to read some personal and place names, street signs, office and shop designations, numbers and isolated words and phrases
2 - Limited Working Proficiency Able to satisfy routine social demands and limited work requirements Able to read simple prose, in a form equivalent to typescript or printing, on subjects within a familiar context
3 - Minimum Professional Proficiency Able to speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social, and professional topics Able to read standard newspaper items addressed to the general reader, routine correspondence, reports, and technical materials in the individual's special field.
4 - Full Professional Proficiency Able to use the language fluently and accurately on all levels pertinent to professional needs. Able to read all styles and forms of the language pertinent to professional needs.
5 - Native or Bilingual Proficiency Equivalent to that of an educated native speaker. Equivalent to that of an educated native.

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