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Foreign Language Proficiency Scale

In order to properly gauge a candidate or employee’s proficiency in a foreign language, the CIA uses the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale.

This scale runs from zero to five: zero meaning no practical ability to use the language, and five meaning a person possesses an advanced mastery of the language.

Before you apply for a position where your language skills will be used, we encourage you to watch the videos below to get a better idea where you fall on the ILR scale.

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  1. Intro
  2. Level 0 and 0+
  3. Level 1 and 2
  4. Level 3
  5. Level 4 and 5

View our foreign language career opportunities and apply today.

To learn more about the ILR proficiency levels, visit the ILR website.

Posted: Sep 03, 2019 11:16 AM
Last Updated: Sep 03, 2019 11:25 AM

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