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telc English B1 Business

The examination for business English

The certificate demonstrates English language skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking at level B1, as well as work-related communication skills.

Structure of the examination

The examination consists of a written and an oral part. 

In the B1 examination, test takers complete tasks in all skills. The first part consists of reading, listening and language elements with task types such as multiple-choice questions or matching exercises. 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. Everyday professional situations form the basis for topics and vocabulary 

 Subtest Number of parts Duration in minutes Additional information


Written examination 

Lesen 3


no break  

Sprachbausteine 2
Hören 3approx. 30
Schreiben 130
Oral examination Sprechen 3approx. 15

usually 2 test takers  

20 minutes preparation time 

This examination is available as a digital, hybrid and paper-based examination. It can 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. 



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.

The CEFR level B1

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. 

  • generally use grammar and language correctly. 

  • understand and produce simple, connected 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.