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telc English B1-B2

The general English Qualification at CEFR level B1-B2

Demonstrate your English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills with the telc dual-level examination. Gain certification at a level that precisely reflects your language abilities.

Structure of the examination

The telc B1-B2 consists of a written and an oral examination. 

Test takers complete tasks evaluating both receptive and productive skills. Receptive skills are tested through reading and listening comprehension tasks, as well as a language elements section. Tasks include multiple choice or text matching.  

Productive skills are evaluated in written and oral tasks. Here, test takers are presented with some form of input, such as questions or images, which they respond to in written or spoken form. 

 Subtest Number of parts Duration in minutes Additional information


Written examination 

Listening  425


No break  

Reading  440
Language Elements  220
Writing 130
Oral examination Speaking316

Pair examination  

20-minute preparation time 

This exam can be taken in a computer or paper-based format. 

The mock examination includes a complete test with solutions, which can be used to prepare at home or in class. It also provides you with all the important information about the examination procedure and how the written and oral performances are assessed. 

Download the manual here as a free PDF. In it you will find detailed information about scaled exams, the format and the subject areas of this exam. 

English Practice Material: 

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

In the Tips for Test Takers you will find detailed instructions for all types of tasks that appear in the exam. You will also find examples of written test takers' performances with comments on the evaluation.

The CEFR level B1-B2

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

Learners at B1 level can 

• communicate in a simple and coherent way in daily 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, reporting experiences, describing goals, and giving reasons for opinions. 

• use grammar and language correctly. They can understand and produce simple, connected texts on familiar topics. 


Learners at B2 can 

• communicate easily with others in a relatively fluent and spontaneous way.  

• actively participate in discussions and interact with native speakers without strain for either side. 

• understand and produce clear, detailed text on both concrete and abstract topics and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving advantages and disadvantages of various options. 

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 here.