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telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule

telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule tests the German knowledge needed for success at an advanced academic level. The examination is suitable for adults who are interested in studying at German institutes of higher education, for adults who have already begun their studies at an institute of this kind or for adults who are working in an academic field and have the desire or necessity to demonstrate their German skills.

C1 telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule

What can you do at level C1?

At level C1 you can express yourself spontaneously and fluently. You are familiar with idiomatic phrases and can vary your style of language as appropriate. You can use the language with a high degree of grammatical accuracy.

What is the structure of the examination?

The examination consists of a written and an oral part. The written examination lasts 3 hours and 40 minutes (incl. a 20-minute break). Before the oral examination, you have 20 minutes of preparation time. The oral examination can take place on the day of the written examination or on another day.

Written examination Reading comprehension 90
Break 20
Listening comprehension 40
Writing 70
Oral Examination usually a group exam with one or two candidates 16 or 24

What is expected from you in the examination?

You can find out the details of the exam by looking at the mock examination telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule. This is a complete test (with answer key), which you can try out at home or in your lessons. In addition, you can read about the exam procedure and how the written test and oral performance are rated.

You can download the mock examination and the relevant MP3 files here free of charge. The printed version and the Audio-CD are available in the telc shop.

Additional material

App telc Deutsch C1 Wortschatz

Using the new app telc Deutsch C1 Wortschatz, learners can practice exam-relevant vocabulary with texts on topics related to their studies. The app includes all reading and listening texts from the textbook Einfach zum Studium! Deutsch für den Hochschulzugang C1. The app can also be used for independent learning at level C1.

More information

Tips for candidates

You’ll find detailed information about all the types of subtests in the exam in telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule, Tipps zur Prüfungsvorbereitung. You’ll also find examples of candidates’ written and oral performance with comments on the rating. The printed version is available in the telc shop.


A handbook with a description of the learning objectives and the specification for the examination is available for download. In it you will find detailed information about the necessary skills for the test and about the corresponding subtests.

The printed version can be found in the telc shop.

How do I prepare myself for the examination?

  1. Gain language competence in language courses or study on your own. Bookshops have course books that prepare you specifically for the language level C1.
  1. Familiarise yourself with the procedure and types of subtests of the telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule examination. The mock examination will help you with this.

May I use a dictionary during telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule?


When can I take the examination?

Your telc examination centre offers examinations regularly, and can also offer exams upon request. Please enquire at the centre when the next exam is scheduled. When you plan, please take into consideration that your examination centre has to register the exam at telc 30 days before the exam date. 

Where can I take a telc examination?

At all telc examination centres (e.g. Adult Education Centres). Please be aware that some examination centres do not offer the entire telc programme. To find the examination centres in your area, please click here.

What does the examination cost?

Your examination centre will inform you about the exam fee. Each examination centre is free to determine the exam fee individually, so unfortunately we cannot give you any details.

Can I repeat the examination?

Yes, as often as you wish. If you have failed just the oral exam or just the written exam, you do not need to take the whole examination again. You will find details on this under § 5 of the examination regulations.