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telc English C2

telc English C2 tests the knowledge of English at near-native speaker level. The examination is aimed at students or graduates who want to study abroad or at applicants for positions requiring excellent knowledge of English.



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What can you do at level C2?

You can understand virtually everything heard or read with ease. In speaking, you can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely. You can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. You rarely make mistakes.

What is the structure of the examination?

The examination consists of a written and an oral part. The written examination lasts four hours and ten minutes. Before the oral examination, you have 20 minutes of preparation time. The oral examination can take place on the day of the written examination or on another day.

Written examination Reading Comprehension 80
Listening Comprehension and Writing 60
Break 20
Writing 90
Oral Examination Individual examination 15

What is expected from you in the examination?

You can find details of the exam in the telc English C2 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 C2 offers comprehensive information

about the 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 English examination, and for telc

examiners, managers of language departments and other interested parties.


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 C2.

2. Familiarise yourself with the exam procedure and types of subtests in the telc English C2 examination. The mock examination and the learning objectives will help you with this.

Can I use a dictionary during telc English C2?


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.  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.