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English Learning Time Calculator

Created by Piotr Małek
Reviewed by Steven Wooding and Jack Bowater
Last updated: Jan 18, 2024

The English learning time calculator evaluates time needed to reach a particular level of English language proficiency.

If you have ever wondered what the average time needed to learn English at a particular level is, our tool should come in handy. In this calculator, we use the English language levels set out by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This framework ranges from A1 (beginner) up until C2 (proficient), along with the respective certificates' names.

We used the data provided by the University of Cambridge's Cambridge English data to calculate the average number of hours needed to reach a specific level of English proficiency for each level. Please note that this number is very approximate as the actual number of hours a student needs depends heavily on:

  • Language background;
  • Intensity of study;
  • Age;
  • Amount of language exposure outside of classes; and
  • Quality of classes and others.

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Is C2 English level better than C1?

Yes. The highest level of English provided by Cambridge Assessment English is C2. To get to this level, you need to put in between 1000 and 1200 hours of learning. A C1 level is categorized as advanced, and moving from C1 to C2 would require around 200 hours of guided study.

What's the C2 English level?

The C2 English level, also known as C2 proficiency, is the highest level provided by the Cambridge English Assessment. This level demonstrates that you have excellent knowledge of the English language. This level requires around 1000 to 1200 hours of study.

Can I learn English in 6 months?

Yes, by dedicating 4 hours of learning a week, you can expect to go from zero to level A1 in around six months. A Cambridge's English A1 level or starters level requires 90 to 100 hours of study.

How long does it take to go from English B1 to B2 level?

You can go from B1 English level to B2 in about 200 hours. Depending on how much time you devote weekly, you can reach the B2 level in a longer or shorter period. For example, with weekly lessons (6 hours per week), you can expect to accomplish this in a bit over eight months.

Piotr Małek
Lessons weekly
Avg lesson time
Total hours weekly
A1 -> A2 (KET)
A2 -> B1 (PET)
B1 -> B2 (FCE)
B2 -> C1 (CAE)
C1 -> C2 (CPE)
A1 -> C2
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