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telc English B1 Hotel and Restaurant

The examination for professionals in the hotel and restaurant industry

The certificate proves English competence and communicative skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking at level B1.

Structure of the examination

The examination consists of a written and an oral part. Topics and vocabulary come from everyday professional life in hotels and restaurants.  

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. In the oral examination, participants can choose between a task for hotel or restaurant. It consists of two role-playing games, which depict typical situations with a guest, and a mediation task with questions about a hotel or a menu.  

 Subtest Number of partsDuration in minutesAdditional information


Written examination 

Reading 3


no break 

Language elements 2
Listening 330
Writing 130
Oral examination Speaking 315

1 test taker 

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: 

Develop your English skills with our EPM books at levels A2-B1 and B1-B2 and enjoy the additional free online material on the telc campus! The books are based on different emotions and help you practice 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.