can someone tell me which of following questions is correct or tell me if both are correct?

"In which level are you?"

"Which level are you in?"

A little more information about is that the question is regarding school courses levels.

Any help resolving this little puzzle will be appreciated.

  • The first sounds overly formal. That said, most people would use "on" with "level" instead of "in". Comes from the idea of a level being a floor that you would literally stand on.
    – user15474
    Mar 21, 2016 at 22:33
  • Thank you very much ColleenV that cleared my mind a little bit. Mar 21, 2016 at 22:41
  • Now my question is, can I use the second one? Mar 21, 2016 at 22:44
  • Both are fine. The second one is probably better in most contexts of actual usage.
    – user15474
    Mar 21, 2016 at 22:54
  • Thank you Kappler all my questions have been answered regarding this matter. Mar 22, 2016 at 0:21

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According to Oxforddictionaries.com one of the definitions of level is a social, moral or intellectual standard and it requires the preposition at

at an advanced (intermediate ) level

  • True, but there are other meanings of level that do not require the preposition "at."
    – Adam
    Mar 22, 2016 at 5:41
  • If you read the question, It's about school, courses levels.
    – V.V.
    Mar 22, 2016 at 5:51
  • 1
    I read the question. For some uses related to school at works fine. He is reading at a fourth-grade level. For some "on" is better: He is stuck on level three of the programming series. Another option is "in:" He is much happier now that he is in level three Spanish classes. (AmE)
    – Adam
    Mar 22, 2016 at 7:13

Interesting preposition question.

Using "in"

What level are you in?

refers to the grade level a student would be in

What level is he in?
What grade is he in?

He's in Form 4 (BrE)
He's in Fourth Grade (AmE)

Using "at" and "on"

What level are you at?
What level are you on?

can refer to how far along one is in their course of study or gaming

I'm at level 10 ( out of 20 )
I'm on the intermediate level


Some people think that it's wrong to end a sentence with a preposition - a "dangling preposition". These people think that the second sentence is wrong, and the first sentence is 'correct'. Everybody else thinks that the first sentence is too formal and complicated, so they let their prepositions dangle, as in sentence two.

Regarding the choice of preposition, you can be in group of people, for example a class or year. You can be at or on an academic level or stage.


I'd go for the preposition 'at'!

You reach at certain levels in academics or hierarchy in an office.

Said that...

Which level you are at?

can be answered...

I'm at an advanced level.


I'm at a managerial level responsibile for all the operations of the mall.


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