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Who we are

“As education providers, we take the multilingual goals of the Council of Europe and the European Commission seriously. This many languages from a single provider – this is only possible with telc. We stand for quality and service. And, we offer excellent value for money.“

Jürgen Keicher, Managing Director of telc gGmbH

telc stands for The European Language Certificates. We offer language tests based on international standards: fair, transparent and reliable. Consistent with our European focus, we currently offer more than 80 different examinations in 10 languages. Throughout the years, telc gGmbH has transitioned from solely offering language tests to a multifaceted education provider. Complementing language testing, telc gGmbH offers a continuing education program for teachers as well as outfitting classrooms with practical teaching and study materials. As an ISO 9001 certified company, customers can expect our work to reflect only the highest quality standards.

telc gGmbH is not only highly recognized for its work in the field of education, but also for its long history. In almost 50 years, telc – language tests has been able to build in cooperation with its partners a large international network, which include

•    more than 2,000 telc licensed partners in over 20 countries;
•    more than 150 telc trainers;
•    over 13,000 licensed examiners in Europe.

telc gGmbh’s strength lies in closely cooperating with its partners, without whom, developing products that conform to current market demand would not be possible. Ever since the first telc language certificate entered the market in the late 1960s, telc – language tests have always kept up with the times, reacting to didactic-methodological changes and implementing task-based test formats as the years have passed. From the beginning, attention to logistics and evaluation technology has always played an important role at telc gGmbH. Whether early punched card systems or today's high-performance scanners, the standardized and centrally administered test evaluation services have always played an integral part in ensuring the quality of telc language certificates as well as efficient administrative procedures.

telc gGmbH is a subsidiary of the German Adult Education Association (DVV). By creating its own certification system early on, DVV not only demonstrated its commitment to lifelong learning, but also to modern, goal-oriented work in the field of education for all.

Further inspiration comes from exchanging ideas with other major European test providers, particularly the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) and the quality network EAQUALS. In addition, telc gGmbH stays on top of the latest trends in assessment by attending conferences and engaging in collaborative projects with universities.

telc gGmbH is certified according to ISO 9001, confirming that it is a master over its own processes and not vice versa, regardless of whether it involves the development and distribution of language tests, licensing test centers and examiners, or printing and/or publishing teaching and study materials online.

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