The Global Scale of English (GSE) is the first truly global English language standard which measures English language proficiency. It extends the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) by pinpointing on a scale from 10 to 90 what needs to be mastered for the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing within a CEFR level, using a more granular approach. The scale is designed to motivate learners by demonstrating incremental progress in their language ability. The Global Scale of English forms the backbone for Pearson English course material and assessment.
The Global Scale of English and CEFR both comprise a number of Can Do statements for each of the four language skills, describing what learners should be able to do at different levels of proficiency. The Global Scale of English Can Do statements have been aligned to the CEFR and many additional statements created, rated for difficulty and calibrated to the scale.