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telc Deutsch B2

The examination for general German

The certificate demonstrates German language skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking at level B2, as well as everyday communication skills.

Structure of the examination

The telc B2 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 situations. 

 SubtestNumber of partsDuartion in minutesAdditional information


Written examination 

Reading  3


No break

Language Elements 2
Listening  3approx. 20
Writing 130
Oral examination Speaking 3approx. 15

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 B2 handbook here as a free PDF. It contains comprehensive information, including the learning objectives. 

The exam preparation tips will provide you with detailed instructions for all types of tasks in the examination. Additionally, you will find samples of writing texts with comments on the evaluation. 

The CEFR level B2

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


  • Learners at the B2 level can communicate spontaneously and fluently in a way that allows for regular interaction with native speakers without any strain for either party. 

  • They can understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics. 

  • They can express themselves clearly and in detail on a wide range of subjects, and explain their viewpoints on current issues while providing the pros and cons of various options. 


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.