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telc English A2

The general English examination

Demonstrate your English skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking at level A2. This certificate shows that you can communicate simply in everyday situations.

Taking a telc A2 examination

The examination consists of a written and an oral part. 

In the A2 examination, test takers must 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. In the writing and speaking section, test takers are given a variety of prompts and have to respond, expressing themselves either in writing or orally. The test taker interacts with a partner as well as with the examiner in the oral section. 

 SubtestNumber of parts Duration in minutes Additional information


Written examination 

Language elements 215


no break 

Listening 3approx. 20
Reading 330
Writing 115
Oral examination Speaking 3approx. 10

usually 2 test takers 

15 minutes preparation time 

telc English A2 is available as a paper-based examination. It can NOT be taken as a partial examination. 

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

Download the learning objective descriptions as a free PDF here. In it you will find detailed information about the vocabulary and grammar skills you need. 

English Practice Material (EPM)

Build up your English skills with our EPM books at levels A2-B1 and B1-B2 and additionally benefit from the free online material on telc Campus! The lessons are based on different emotions and help you develop your communication skills.

What can learners at CEFR level A2 do?

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

  • Learners at A2 can understand commonly used expressions.  

  • They can communicate in simple, routine situations that involve a simple and direct exchange of information about familiar and common things.  

  • They can describe their background and education, as well as things related to immediate needs.  

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