Learning materials are graded for English language levels by vocabulary, grammar and readability. Grades are not proscriptive. Language learners often enjoy texts at higher levels (without understanding everything) and lower levels (as this helps build confidence).

Beginners (IELTS score: 1-2) Common European Framework A1

Elementary (IELTS score:3/TOEFL IBT Score: 32-42) Common European Framework A1/2

Pre-Intermediate (IELTS score:3.5/TOEFL IBT Score: 43-51) Common European Framework A2/B1

Intermediate (IELTS score:4.5/TOEFL IBT Score: 51-61) Common European Framework B1/2

Upper Intermediate (IELTS score:5-6/TOEFL IBT Score: 62-91) Common European Framework B2

Advanced (IELTS score:6.5-7/TOEFL IBT Score: 92-112) Common European Framework C1

Proficiency (IELTS score:7.5-9/TOEFL IBT Score: 113-120) Common European Framework C2

For a quick assessment of your approximate level try the British Council reading assessment

Penguin also have a placement assessment here. This seems to test general English rather than specific reading skill.

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Teaching Ideas for discussion of the best ways to improve reading skills