The questions that follow ask you to further explain your level of proficiency in your primary language other than English. Please use the Department of State's definitions of proficiency when considering your response to each question.
0 - NO PRACTICAL PROFICIENCY (No practical speaking or reading proficiency.)
1 - ELEMENTARY PROFICIENCY (Able to satisfy routine travel needs and minimum courtesy requirements. Able to read some personal and place names, street signs, office and shop designations, numbers, and isolated words and phrases.)
2 - LIMITED WORKING PROFICIENCY (Able to satisfy routine social demands and limited work requirements. Able to read simple prose, in a form equivalent to typescript or printing, on subjects within a familiar context.)
3 - MINIMUM PROFESSIONAL PROFICIENCY (Able to speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social, and professional topics. Able to read standard newspaper items addressed to the general reader, routine correspondence, reports, and technical materials in the individuals's special field.)
4 - FULL PROFESSIONAL PROFICIENCY (Able to use the language fluently and accurately on all levels pertinent to professional needs. Able to read all styles and forms of the language pertinent to professional needs.)
5 - NATIVE OR BILINGUAL PROFICIENCY (Oral and written language skills equivalent to that of an educated native speaker.)