Comparing Abridge Academy curriculum with VIPkid, PalFish, DadaABC, Cambridge and the CEFR levels

Are you an ex-VIPkid teacher looking for interactive curriculum slides for your independent online ESL teaching? Maybe you taught with PalFish before and need to quickly match your students up with the Abridge Academy curriculum, or want to combine Abridge Academy with the popular Cambridge textbook series?

Today, we will give an overview of the Abridge Academy curriculum structure and CEFR levels, matching these with popular ESL platforms. This should assist you in placing any students moving from a platform to your independent classes at the appropriate level!


Abridge AcademyCEFRVIPkidPalFishDadaABCCambridge
Level 1Pre-A1Level 1PF1Levels 0-2Starters
Level 2A1Level 2PF2-3Levels 3-4Movers
Level 3A1Level 3PF4Levels 5-6Movers
Level 4A2Level 4PF5Levels 7-8Flyers
Level 5A2Level 5PF6Levels 9-10Flyers


See the full spreadsheet below or open here to compare detailed level descriptors for the curriculum.

Level tests

One of the biggest challenges with any new student is deciding which level to place them at. There are many different CEFR level placement tests available online, however I would particularly recommend these tests by Cambridge as they are free and quick to do. You could either send these to your students to do before your trial class, or do it in the class itself.

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