Levels at ALPS
ALPS has 6 levels, from beginning to advanced.
Each level usually takes three or four 4-week sessions to complete (12-16 weeks total per level).
You study new material each session even if your level does not change.
To go to the next level, you must pass an exam.
You can spend a maximum of six 4-week sessions in one level.
ALPS levels correspond to CEFR levels:
|ALPS Level||CEFR Level|
What Level Will I Be?
Your starting level is determined by a combination of placement tests:
- An online placement test for listening, grammar, vocabulary, and reading
- A speaking placement test on your first day
- A writing placement test on your first day (only if you take Intensive Reading & Writing or Intensive Test Prep)
Contact us for a free placement evaluation if you want to know your level!
How Long Will It Take to Finish the Course?
Most ALPS students study between 4 and 72 weeks.
Your course length depends on your goals and your English level when you start!
For example, if you begin at ALPS in Level 3 and your goal is to attend an American college or university, you will need advanced English skills. You will need to advance to Level 5 or Master’s. Assuming that you take three 4-week sessions of each level, your course progression would likely look like the following:
- 3 sessions (12 weeks) in Level 3
- 3 sessions (12 weeks) in Level 4
- 3 sessions (12 weeks) in Level 5
- 3 sessions (12 weeks) in Master’s
In this scenario, your total course length would probably be 36-48 weeks.
On the other hand, if your goal is just to build your speaking confidence in a short time, you might meet your goal after a single 4-week session.
If you plan to study less than 3 sessions (12 weeks), you will remain in the same level for your entire course.
Here is a graphic that shows how students advance through levels at ALPS: