The CATs Core programme and tests

The CATs Core programme has 3 stages, with each stage made up of 3 courses. The full CATs Core programme is therefore made up of 9 courses in total.

Progress through these 9 levels will give beginners all the information they need to become confident intermediate-level English users.


What is included on each CATs course?

Each of the 9 CATs Core courses gives learners all the materials, support and guidance needed to successfully learn, practice and prepare for the CATs test at the end of the course ...

CATs learning & practice

Online Preparation

Each online course includes around 45 hours of interactive, self-study material including online test practice.


Practice tests

Two complete online practice tests will help learners prepare for the final test at the end of each course.


CATs test

CATs test

At the end of each course, take a test at the nearest test centre, school or even at home. Tests are online, take 45-60 minutes and the results are available soon after the test.


About the 9 CATs Core levels

There are 9 CATs Core courses which take learners from complete beginner to intermediate level. When learners first sign up with CATs, they will take a simple 10-minute entry test to find out how much English learners already know. This online test will make sure that learning starts at exactly the right level.

Stage1: Step Forward BeginnerA1

3 CATs courses

You will be able to:

  • Greet other people and introduce yourself.
  • Talk about yourself and your family.
  • Ask for directions.
  • Write basic sentences about yourself, your family and your work.
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Stage2: Step Up Lower IntermediateA2

3 CATs courses

You will be able to:

  • Talk about everyday people and places.
  • Talk about your hobbies, likes and dislikes.
  • Describe and compare things.
  • Talk about future plans and make arrangements for social events.
  • Express your opinion.
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Stage3: Step Ahead IntermediateB1

3 CATs courses

You will be able to:

  • Talk about work, hobbies, travel and events.
  • Describe people and places.
  • Read a short story or article.
  • Talk and write in English, without making too many mistakes.
  • Write simple emails, stories or articles.
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Stage4: Step Higher AdvancedB2/C1

3 CATs courses

You will be able to:

  • Talk and write about personal and professional experiences and events
  • Express and follow complex opinions and arguments
  • Understand detailed instructions and advice
  • Contribute effectively to meetings and seminars
  • Write emails, essays and articles on a wide range of topic
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