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telc Deutsch A2∙B1

The general German examination at CEFR levels A2 and B1

This certificate demonstrates German language ability in reading, listening, writing and speaking at level A2 and B1.

Who is the telc Deutsch A2-B1 examination for?

  • Learners of German who are living in Germany or planning to move here
  • People who need a recognized language certificate for their visa, residence permit or citizenship application, or for official professional recognition in Germany

What does the telc Deutsch A2-B1 certificate examination give you?

  • knowledge of a range of topics and vocabulary for everyday life, both personal and professional
  • proof of language achievement at target level B1
  • reliable proof of A2 competencies also possible, thanks to the scaled format

Structure of the examination

The examination consists of a written and an oral part.  


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. Some tasks cover both receptive and productive skills. In the oral examination, test takers plan something together and talk about their opinions on a topic. The focus is on direct exchange between the test takers. 

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. 

 SubtestNumber of partsDuartion in minutesAdditional information




Written examination 

Reading 445




no break 

Language Elements  

Reading and Writing  



Listening and Writing 

Writing 110
Oral examination  Speaking 3ca. 15

usually 2 participants 

no preparation time 

This examination is available as a digital, hybrid or 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. 


The CEFR levels A2 and B1

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


Learners at A2 level can 

  • understand and use common expressions. 

  • communicate in simple, routine situations involving a direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.  

  • describe their background and education, as well as matters related to immediate needs.   


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. 

Why should you choose telc language examinations?

telc certificates are internationally recognised by schools, universities, employers and authorities as proof of language skills 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.  


Find out more about telc quality standards