The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

CEFR is a framework that describes what a user can do with the language. It is an internationally recognized standard that makes it easier for students, teachers, educational institutions and future employees to understand the capabilities obtained and expectations expected for each CEFR level.

Malaysian government based their English reform plan on CEFR guidelines, drawing ideas on English language teaching and learning from the popular European framework. Malaysia hopes that by adopting CEFR into their syllabus, their students are recognized at internationally accepted English levels of proficiency. 

CEFR identifies 3 broad levels - Basic, Independent and Proficient - of language mastery in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The levels are further divided into levels of proficiency which are described in the table below.

CEFR Level: A1

Ability Description
• Basic phrases and expressions
• E.g., Hello, my name is ___. / Where is the toilet? / I live in Puchong.
• Self-introduction and personal details 

CEFR Level: A2

Ability Description
• Basic sentences and frequently used expressions
• E.g., KLCC is to the right. / I go to school everyday.
• Routine matters and tasks 

CEFR Level: B1

• Basic topics they are familiar or interested in
• Reasonings and explanations for opinions and plans
• E.g., Your car battery needs to be replaced. / This is the best online game I played. 

CEFR Level: B2

Ability Description
• Spontaneous conversations and technical discussions
• E.g., Stop! Never mix bleach with vinegar as the chlorine produced is toxic.  

CEFR Level: C1

Ability Description
• Ideas and thoughts fluently, flexibly and effectively for different purposes

CEFR Level: C2

Ability Description
• Masterfully crafted expressions of self, concise and clear summaries of accounts and reconstruct arguments all in one coherent presentation

For HIPPO 2021, the participants will compete in 11 categories (6 regular categories and 5 special categories) based on the CEFR and will be taking Gatehouse Awards exams.

Regular: Little HIPPO

Preliminary Round: CEFR - Pre A1
Semifinal/Final Round: CEFR - A1
For students born in 2011 and younger

Regular: HIPPO 1

Preliminary Round: CEFR A1
Semifinal/Final Round: CEFR A2
For students born in 2009 and younger

Regular HIPPO 2

Preliminary Round: CEFR A1 
Semifinal/Final Round: CEFR A2
For students born in 2008 and younger

Regular: HIPPO 3

Preliminary Round: CEFR A2  
Semifinal/Final Round: CEFR B1
For students born in 2006 and younger

Regular: HIPPO 4

Preliminary Round: CEFR B1
Semifinal/Final Round: CEFR B2
For students born in 2004 and younger

Regular: HIPPO 5

Preliminary Round: CEFR B2 
Semifinal/Final Round: CEFR C1
For students born in 2002 and younger

Special: Little HIPPO

Preliminary Round: CEFR - Pre A1
Semifinal/Final Round: CEFR - A1
For students born in 2013 and younger

Special:  HIPPO 2 

Preliminary Round: CEFR A1
Semifinal/Final Round: CEFR A2
For students born in 2012 and younger

Special: HIPPO S10

Preliminary Round: CEFR B1
Semifinal/Final Round: CEFR B2
For students born in 2009 and younger

Special: HIPPO S15

Preliminary Round: CEFR B2
Semifinal/Final Round: CEFR C1
For students born in 2006 and younger

Special: HIPPO S19

Preliminary Round: CEFR C1
Semifinal/Final Round: CEFR C2
For students born in 2002 and younger

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