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telc English B2·C1 University

telc English B2·C1 University is a dual-level examination. It tests the English language knowledge needed for success at an advanced academic level. The examination is suitable for young adults who are interested in studying at English-speaking colleges or universities, and for people who have already begun their studies or are working in an academic field and want or need to demonstrate their English skills.

B2·C1 telc English B2·C1 University

What can you do at levels B2 and C1?

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

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 170 minutes. The oral exam can take place on the day of the written exam or on another day. There is no preparation time immediately before the oral exam.


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What is expected from you in the examination?

You can find details of the exam in the telc English B2-C1 University mock examination. This is a complete test (with answer key) that you can try out at home or in your lessons. You can also readabout 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 B2-C1 University 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.

Classroom Activities - Sample Chapter for free download

telc now offers a  great source of vocabulary, speaking, writing, listening and reading activities for the classroom. Try out the sample chapter, 'People', with free MP3 files below!

The complete book with over 100 pages of activities is available on the telc shop. The exercises cover a variety of topics specially tailored for telc English B2 and C1 University.

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.

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 B2 and C1.

2. Familiarise yourself with the exam procedure and types of subtests in the telc English B2-C1 University. The mock examination and the learning objectives will help you with this.

Can I use a dictionary during telc English B2-C1 University?


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.

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).