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telc English B1·B2 Business

telc English B1·B2 Business is a dual-level examination. It was designed for those who want to prove their language skills in the workplace. The examination tests your knowledge of English in a variety of everyday business situations.



B1·B2 telc English B1·B2 Business

What can you do at levels B1 and B2?

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

At level B2, you can express yourself clearly and explicitly and discuss and negotiate successfully. You have a large command of the vocabulary needed for your field of specialisation and for most general topics. You can produce formal business letters, reports and minutes. Your usage of grammar is sound.

What is the structure of the examination?

The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 115 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.

Written examination Listening 25
Reading 40
Language Elements 20
Writing 30
Oral Examination usually together with one other candidates 16

What is expected from you in the examination?

You can find details of the exam in the telc English B1-B2 Business 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.

Additional material

The Handbook telc English B1-B2 Business offers comprehensive information about the dual-level test format. It describes how the receptive and productive skills are tested, marking criteria, the CEFR framework and more. It is particularly valuable for teachers preparing students for the dual-level English examination, and for telc examiners, managers of language departments and other interested parties.


Tips for Test Takers

In the Tips for Test Takers, you will find detailed information about all the subtest types found in the exam. In addition, there are examples of written work from candidates and comments on how these are rated.

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.

Video: Online Learning Activities

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 B1and B2.

2. Familiarise yourself with the exam procedure and types of subtests in the telc English B1-B2 Business examination. The mock examination and the learning objectives will help you with this.

Can I use a dictionary during telc English B1-B2 Business?


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.

Can the examination be repeated?

Yes, exams can be repeated as often as you

wish. At this level, you have to repeat the whole exam (both the written and

oral parts).