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telc English A2∙B1 Business

Business English examination at CEFR levels A2 and B1

This certificate demonstrates English language ability in reading, listening, writing and speaking at level A2 and B1.

Structure of the examination

The examination consists of a written and an oral part. Dual level examinations assess language proficiency at two levels. Therefore, there are tasks at both CEFR levels in all parts. Test takers will receive a certificate of either the lower or higher CEFR level. 


Test takers complete tasks in all skills. The receptive part consists of reading, listening and language elements. Task types include multiple-choice or matching tasks. In the productive part, writing and speaking, the test takers respond to input and express themselves in writing or orally. The examination topics and tasks are related to professions, everyday work and tasks that are completed in the workplace.   

 Subtest Number of parts Duration in minutes Additional information


Written examination 

Listening 425


no break 

Reading 545
Writing 130
Oral examination Speaking 3approx. 16

usually 2 participants 

no preparation time 

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


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

Want to know more? Download the handbook here for information on learning objectives, test format and tasks.

English Practice Material

Improve your English language skills with our EPM books at levels A2-B1 and B1-B2, and also benefit from the free online material on telc Campus. The units are based on different emotions and will help you practise all communication skills. 

CEFR levels A2 and B1

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


Learners at A2 level can 

  • understand and use frequently used expressions. 

  • communicate in simple, routine situations involving a simple and direct exchange of information about familiar and routine matters.   

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


Learners at B1 level can 

  • communicate easily and coherently in everyday life, at work and when travelling. 

  • write or speak about a range of topics in their own area of interest. 

  • participate in conversations about family, hobbies, work and current events, and can report on experiences, describe goals and justify opinions. 

  • Use grammar and language correctly. They can understand and write simple, coherent texts on familiar topics. 

Why choose a telc language test?

telc language tests are recognised worldwide by schools, universities, employers and government authorities as valid proof of language proficiency 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. Regular audits are carried out to ensure we meet these standards.  

Find out more about telc quality standards.