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telc English B2∙C1 Business

A dual level business language examination for English at B2 and C1

This certificate demonstrates English language ability in reading, listening, writing and speaking at level B2 or C1.

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.   

 SubtestNumber of partsDuration in minutes Additional information 


Written examination 

Listening 4approx. 40


20-minute break 

Reading 350
Language elements 220
Writing 360
Oral examination Speaking 320

Pair examination 

No preparation time 

This examination is available in hybrid and paper-based formats. It can be taken as a partial examination.  

In the mock examination, you'll find further important details about the examination, including a complete examination with an answer key to prepare at home or in class. It also provides you with all important information about the examination procedure and how the written and oral performances are assessed. 

CEFR levels B2 and C1

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


Learners at B2 level can 

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

  • actively participate in discussions and interact with native speakers without any effort on either side. 

  • understand and write clear, detailed texts on concrete and abstract topics and explain a point of view on current issues, indicating the advantages and disadvantages of various options. 


Learners at C1 level can 

  • express themselves spontaneously and fluently.   

  • deal with colloquial phrases and vary their style of speech appropriately.  

  • maintain a high level of grammatical correctness. 

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.