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telc Deutsch B1+ Beruf

The German examination for work

The certificate demonstrates German language skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking at level B1, as well as work-related communication skills.

Structure of the examination

The telc B1 consists of a written and an oral examination. 


Test takers complete tasks using both receptive and productive skills. Receptive skills are tested through reading and listening comprehension tasks, as well as language elements section. Tasks include multiple choice or text matching. 

Productive skills are assessed in written and oral tasks. Here, test takers are presented with specific input, which they respond to in written or spoken form. Vocabulary and topics focus on everyday work situations. 

 Subtest Number of partsDuartion in minutesAdditional information


Written examination

Reading  3


No break

Language Elements 2
Listening  330
Writing 130
Oral examinationSpeaking 



Pair examination  

20-minute preparation time 

This examination is available in digital, 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. 

Download the telc Deutsch B1+ Beruf handbook here as a free PDF. It contains comprehensive information, including the learning objectives. 


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.