The examination consists of a written and an oral part.
The written examination involves reading or listening to texts. The content and nature of the texts reflect the everyday working life of physicians. There are tasks of different kinds, such as multiple choice or matching tasks. In addition, there is the letter, which consists of two parts: completing a doctor's letter and writing an e-mail to a colleague.
In the oral examination, the language skills of the test takers are assessed both in a simulated doctor-patient interview and a doctor-doctor conversation as well as in discussions with relatives.
|Number of parts
|Duration in minutes
usually 2 test takers
10 minutes preparation time and
after part 1 in the oral examination a further processing time of 5 minutes
This examination is available as a paper-based examination. It can NOT be taken as a partial examination.
In the tips for test takers, you will find more important details about the examination, including a complete set of examination tasks with solutions to prepare at home or in class. You will learn how the examination is carried out and how the written and oral performances are evaluated.
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.
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