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telc Deutsch B1 Schule

The general German language examination for students

Demonstrate your knowledge of the basics of German reading, writing, listening and speaking and your ability to communicate in everyday situations, both personal and professional.

Structure of the examination

The examination consists of a written and an oral part. 

In the B1 School examination, test takers complete tasks involving all language skills. Part 1 consists of reading, listening and language elements, with task types including multiple-choice questions or matching tasks. In Part 2, test takers respond to input and express themselves in writing or orally. In the oral section, the focus is on direct communication between test takers. All topics and vocabulary are geared towards the interests of school students. 

 SubtestNumber of parts Duration in minutes Additional information


Written examination 

Reading 3


no break 

Language Elements 2
Listening 3approx. 30
Writing 130
Oral examination Speaking 3approx. 15

usually 2 test takers 

20 minutes preparation time  

This exam can be taken in a computer or paper-based format. It can NOT be taken as a partial examination. 

In the mock examination, you will find more important details, including a complete set of tests with solutions to prepare at home or in class. You will learn how the examination works and how the written and oral performances are assessed. 

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.