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telc English C1

telc English C1 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.



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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.

telc English C1

What is the structure of the examination?

The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 3 hours and 35 minutes. Before the oral exam you do not have any preparation time. The oral exam can take place on the day of the written exam or on another day.

Written examination Reading Comprehension 100
Break 20
Listening Comprehension 55
Writing 60
Oral Examination usually a group exam with to or three candidates 16 or 24

What is expected from you in the examination?

You can find details of the exam in the telc English C1 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 telc English C1 Handbook includes a description of the learning objectives and the test specifications for the examination. In it you will find detailed information about the skills required for the test and the corresponding subtests. In addition, there are examples of written work from candidates and comments on how these are rated. The printed version is 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 examination. The mock examination and the learning objectives will help you with this.

May I use a dictionary during telc English C1?


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, 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.