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telc English B2∙C1 University

telc English B2·C1 University qualification

Gain certification to study at an English- speaking university. With the telc B2-C1 University examination, you demonstrate your academic English skills. Also suitable for those working in an academic field.

Structure of the examination

The telc English B2-C1 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 partsDuration in minutesAdditional information


written examination

Listening  440


20-minute break 

Reading 350
Language Elements  220
Oral examination Speaking320

Pair examination  

No 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. 

In the Tips for Test Takers you will find detailed instructions on all the types of tasks that appear in the exam. You will also find examples of written participant performance with comments on scoring.

The CEFR level B2-C1 University

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


Learners at B2 can 

  • express themselves clearly and explicitly 

  • discuss and negotiate successfully  

  • use the correct vocabulary for a field of specialisation and most general topics  

  • demonstrate sound usage of grammar 


Learners at C1 can  

  • express themselves spontaneously and fluently 

  • use idiomatic phrases  

  • vary their style of language as appropriate  

  • display a high degree of grammatical accuracy  

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.