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telc English A1 Junior

The English examination specially tailored to young learners

For young learners who can demonstrate their English skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking at level A1. The A1 certificate demonstrates the ability to communicate simply in everyday situations.

Structure of the examination

The exam consists of a written and an oral part. 

In the A1 Junior exam, young learners complete tasks involving all skills. The first part consists of reading, listening and language elements, with task types such as multiple-choice questions or matching tasks. In the writing and speaking section, test takers are given a variety of prompts (e.g. pictures) and have to respond, expressing themselves either in writing or orally. Interaction takes place between examiners and test takers as well as between test takers in the oral section. Topics and vocabulary are selected to fit with the interests of young learners.  

 SubtestNumber of parts Duration in minutes Additional information


Written examination 

Listening 2approx. 10


no break 

Reading 220
Writing 3

Oral examination 




usually 2 test takers 

no preparation time 

This exam is available as a paper-based exam. It can NOT be taken as a partial examination. 

In the mock examination, you will find more important details about the exam, including a complete set of tests with solutions to prepare at home or in class. You will learn how the exam works and how the written and oral performances are assessed. 

What can learners at CEFR level A1 do?

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) defines six levels of competence: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.  

  • Learners at A1 level are able to understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very simple sentences aimed at satisfying specific needs.   

  • They can introduce themselves and others, and ask other people questions about themselves, as well as answer such questions themselves. 

  • They can communicate in a simple way if the examiners speak slowly and clearly and are willing to help. 

Why should you choose telc language examinations?

telc certificates are internationally recognised by schools, universities, employers and authorities as proof of language skills at all six levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).  As a full member of ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe), telc is committed to complying with international quality standards.  

Find out more about telc quality standards