Find Your Exact Language Level: Where Should YOU Start?


Starting a new language can be daunting, you don’t want to go in over your head. But you also want to stretch yourself. Not too hot, not too cold – it needs to be just right.

So, busuu has a new feature to help you with this problem.

Our adaptive algorithm 

Our brand new Placement Test will place you at the exact right lesson in our English, French, Spanish and German courses (stay tuned for the other languages).

But how?!

Well, we’ve come up with a cool way of adjusting to your learning. Using an adaptive algorithm, the test gets easier or harder depending on how many questions you get right. It’s a quick and accurate way to help you make the best start with Busuu.

Intrigued? Give the test a go and start your language-learning journey today.

Our test

Don’t be too worried about this being a “test”. It’s about placing you at the right level. If anything, it means you don’t have to go back over old material you already know.

The average test takes 10 minutes (although if you’re at an intermediate level, it can take a little longer). Each question is timed to make it fair. We recommend you do it somewhere quiet, where you can concentrate – and remember, you’ll need headphones or speakers to hear the audio elements.

You’ll be tested on vocabulary, grammar, reading and comprehension.

At the end we’ll tell you your grade based on the CEFR (that’s the Common European Framework of Reference) and place you in a lesson.

Previous lessons will reflect your placement test result by being marked 100%. You can still take these lessons as a refresher if you want to cram.

OK – let’s do this!

Kirsten is the Head of Education at Busuu. She is from the Scottish highlands, where she grew up. She studied philosophy at university in Edinburgh and then got a TEFL certificate and went to China to teach English. She has been learning languages online and creating digital learning courses around the world for 17 years and is about to start studying for an MSc in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching at Oxford University. Outside of work, she is a yoga enthusiast and a keen gardener. She also loves spending time with her two border terriers!


  1. Where can i do the level test? In the app the phone went down while doing the test and now i’m placed at beginners level, can’t find another possibility to do it?


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