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telc English B1 School

telc English B1 School is a general language exam for school pupils between the approximate ages of 14 and 17. Pupils who are taught English as their first foreign language (from class 5) can normally take the exam in class 9 or class 10. Pupils who start learning English later take the exam at a later date.

For adults at this level, we recommend the examination telc English B1.



B1 telc English B1 School

What can pupils do at level B1?

Pupils at level B1 can communicate in a simple and connected way in everyday situations, when travelling and when talking about topics of personal interest. They can describe experiences, hopes and ambitions, and give reasons for opinions. On the whole, they 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 the pupils have 20 minutes preparation time. The oral exam can take place on the day of the written exam or on another day.

Written examination Reading Comprehension
Language Elements (vocabulary and grammar)
Listening Comprehension 30
Writing 30
Oral Examination usually in pairs 10

What is expected from you in the examination?

You can find details of the exam in the telc English B1 School mock examination. This is a complete test (with answer key) that you can try out at home or in your lessons. You can also read about the exam procedure and learn 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.

NEW! Free Classroom Activities to Download

telc now offers a great source of vocabulary, speaking, writing, listening and reading activities for the classroom. Advice for teachers using the material in their lessons is included. The exercises cover a variety of topics specially tailored for telc English School A2 and B1. New topics will be available for download at regular intervals.

English Phrase Box

With telc flash cards, you always have the right words on hand. The English Phrase Box is based on the concept of a five-level flash card system; it allows you to learn vocabulary, sentence structure and common phrases in an effective and methodical way. The phrase box contains 64 flash cards with key phrases featured at level A2-B1, and the cards are helpful for everyday and classroom use as well as preparation for oral examinations. The enclosed instructions provide practical tips for both students and teachers. Visit the telc shop to order your phrase box.

English Practice Material

This four volume set consists of one module each for the four skills Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. The target group is adult learners who are at CEFR competence levels B1 and B2. Each module contains 20 short units dealing with a specific emotion or feeling, such as happiness, anger, disappointment, curiosity, fear, nostalgia or surprise, and looks at it from different aspects. Find out more about the English Practice Material here.

Additional Online Learning Activities can be found on telc Campus.

Who can take a telc school examination?

Anybody who is enrolled at a secondary school or has a valid student ID card can take a telc school examination.

How do pupils prepare themselves for the examination?

Pupils usually develop their language competence in lessons at school or through language courses. Additionally, many bookshops sell course books that prepare pupils specifically for the language level B1.

The mock examination can help to familiarise pupils with the procedures and types of subtests in the telc English B1 School examination. Pupils should familiarise themselves with the format of the examination well before taking it.

When can they 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 they 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.

Can the examination be repeated?

Yes, exams 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.