great, high

Not all students were developing high proficiency in Spanish.


Many of them had only limited proficiency in English.

academic, technical
language, oral, reading, written
English, Spanish, etc.
cycling (esp. BrE), skiing, etc.
degree, level

He taught himself to carve to a high degree of proficiency.

achieve, attain, develop, increase

He acquired greater proficiency after a three-month intensive course.

demonstrate, show

The test has been widely used for assessing English proficiency.

assessment, examination, test

a language proficiency test

level, standard
proficiency in

a certificate for proficiency in English

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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