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telc English B1∙B2 School

General English examination for secondary school students at CEFR levels B1 und B2

This certificate demonstrates the English language ability of secondary school students in reading, listening, writing and speaking at level B1 and B2.

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. 


The 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. In the oral examination, the focus is on direct exchange between the test takers. The examination topics and vocabulary are geared to the interests of secondary school students. 

 SubtestNumber of parts Duration in minutes Additional information


Written examination 

Listening 425


no break 

Reading 440
Language Elements 220
Writing 130
Oral examination Speaking 3ca. 16

usually 2 participants 

20 minutes preparation time 

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


In the mock examination, you will find more details about the exam, including a complete test with solutions, which can be used 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: 

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 practise all communication skills. 

The CEFR levels B1 and 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 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, allowing them to understand and write simple, coherent texts on familiar topics. 


Learners at B2 level 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.