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telc English C1 (Modified format)

telc English C1 (Modified format) tests general English language competence at a very advanced level. The exam is suitable for adults who use English socially, professionally or academically in their studies.

The examination telc English C1 (Modified format) can be registered as of May 15, 2016. In this new format, some task types were modified. For more information, please refer to the FAQs and the mock examination!

C1 telc English C1 (Modified format)

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


Written examination Reading Comprehension 90
Break 20
Listening Comprehension 40
Writing 70
Oral Examination usually a group exam with to or three candidates 16 or 24

You can find out the details of the exam by looking at the mock examination telc English C1 (Modified format). 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.

How can I prepare myself for the examination?

1. You can prepare by taking language courses or studying on your own. Many bookshops sell course books that prepare you specifically for the language level C1.

2. Familiarise yourself with the exam procedure and types of subtests in the telc English C1 (Modified format) examination. The mock examination will help you with this.

Since when is the modified format of telc English C1 available?

The modified format telc English C1 was developed in 2016. Registration for this examination is possible as of May 15, 2016.

Until when can the existing format of telc English C1 be conducted?

The existing format of telc Deutsch C1 can be conducted until June 30, 2018.

May I use a dictionary during telc English C1 (Modified format)?


How does the examination telc English C1 (Modified format) differ from the existing format telc English C1?

The Written Examination including the subtests Reading, Listening and Writing was revised and shortened by 15 minutes. In the modified examination the parts 1-3 of Reading Comprehension are followed by Language Elements (multiple choice tasks). Listening/Part 2 now also contains multiple choice tasks. The subtest Writing offers candidates the possibility to choose between two topics, i.e. this subtest now only consists of one task.

Before the oral examination there is a preparation time of 20 minutes. The oral examination consists of a presentation (there are two topics to choose from) including a summary and follow-up questions, as well as a discussion about a given topic.

Are there any further changes in connection with the examination telc English C1 (Modified format)?

Yes, there will be a new answer sheet, please see page 29-37 and page 48 in Mock Examination 1.

What is new about the Answer Sheet S30?

On page 1 there is a box in which candidates enter the complete test version number. This number is found on the bottom left corner of the cover page of the test booklet S10. The different subtests are indicated with the same icons that are used in test booklets and mock examinations. This is to ensure that our answer sheet will be understood by candidates with different native languages. In the areas reserved for examiners and raters, text could not be avoided; therefore English terms are used here.

When can I take the examination?

Your telc examination centre offers examinations regularly, and centres can also offer exams on request. Please enquire at the centre to see when the next exam is scheduled. When you’re planning to take your exam, please note that your examination centre has to register the exam with telc 30 days before the exam date.

Where can I take a telc examination?

Individuals can take exams at all telc-registered examination centres, including many adult education centres. Please be aware that some examination centres do not offer the entire telc programme. To find examination centres in your area, please click here.

How much does the examination cost?

Your examination centre will inform you about the exam fee. Because each examination centre is free to determine its own exam fees, telc cannot give you any cost-related details.

How long does it take to receive the telc certificate?

About 80% of the certificates are sent out to the examination centre three weeks after the completed exam documents have been received at the telc head office in Frankfurt.

Can the examination be repeated?

Yes, the exam can be repeated 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.