Zertifikat Deutsch / telc Deutsch B1

If you already have a good basic knowledge of German, Zertifikat Deutsch / telc Deutsch B1 is the right exam for you. It tests general language competence and can be taken by anyone.

The Zertifikat Deutsch / telc Deutsch B1 is recognised as proof of sufficient language competence for a German citizenship application.

For school pupils we recommend Zertifikat Deutsch für Jugendliche / telc Deutsch B1 Schule. The best exam for professional purposes at this level is the telc Deutsch B1+ Beruf.


What can you do at level B1?

At level B1 you can communicate in a simple and connected way in everyday situations, while travelling and when talking about topics that are of personal interest. You can describe experiences, hopes and ambitions and give reasons for opinions. On the whole you can use the most important grammatical structures correctly.


What is the structure of the examination?

The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes. Before the oral exam you have 20 minutes preparation time. The oral exam can take place on the day of the written exam or on another day.

Reading Comprehension
Language Elements (vocabulary and grammar)


Listening Comprehension




usually together with one other candidate15

* The exam Zertifikat Deutsch was developed in co-operation between the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK), the Goethe-Institut, the Austrian Language Diploma and telc GmbH. 

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