telc Deutsch B1

telc Deutsch B1


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Zertifikat Deutsch / telc Deutsch B1

If you already have a good basic knowledge of German, Zertifikat Deutsch / telc Deutsch B1 is the right exam for you. It tests general language competence and can be taken by anyone. The Zertifikat Deutsch / telc Deutsch B1 is recognized as proof of sufficient language competence for a German citizenship application. According to the Gemeinsamen Europäischen Referenzrahmen (GER), in order to reach level B1 in German, learners should be able to: Understand the essentials when clear and distinct standard language is used by the other person. The topics of work, school or leisure, for example, are often touched upon in the exam. You should be able to talk coherently about familiar content and personal interests and be able to formulate your own experiences, wishes, dreams and goals.

Where can I take a telc exam?

You can take all telc exams at the IBZ Dortmund.

What is the structure of the examination?

The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes. Before the oral exam you have 20 minutes preparation time. The oral exam can take place on the day of the written exam or on another day.

Written examination

Reading Comprehension

Language Elements (vocabulary and grammar)

90 Min

max. 75 Points

max. 30 Points

Listening Comprehension

30 Min

max. 75 Points


30 Min

max. 45 Points

Oral Examination

usually in pairs

15 Min

max. 75 Points

How does the oral exam work?

The oral exam consists of three parts. In the first part, the participants should introduce themselves and establish initial contact. In the second part, a specific topic should be discussed. At the end, the participants should negotiate something with each other or solve a task together. For example, you may be asked to talk about travel or express your opinion about a certain type of travel. In the third part, you could then plan another trip together with your interview partner in the exam. Where are you going? When? For how long?

Oral Exam telc Deutsch B1

1. Part


approx. 3-4 Min.

max. 15 Points

2. Part

Conversation about a topic

approx. 5-6 Min.

max. 30 Points

3. Part

Solve a task together

approx. 5-6 Min.

max. 30 Points

What score is enough to pass the exam?

In order to pass the exam, 60% of the possible maximum number of points must be achieved in both the written and the oral exam, i.e. at least 135 points in the written and 45 points in the oral exam. The grade is then calculated according to the following key:

Grading scale: The overall result is calculated by adding the partial results and leads to the following grading:

270 –300 Punkte

sehr gut

240–269,5 Punkte


210–239,5 Punkte


180–209,5 Punkte


0–179,5 Punkte

nicht bestanden 

How do I prepare for the exam?

 IBZ Dortmund offers intensive courses and exam preparation courses for telc Deutsch B1.

May I use a dictionary during telc Deutsch B1?


How much does the exam cost?

The telc German B1 exam costs €170.

Can I repeat the examination?

Yes, as often as you wish. If you have failed just the oral exam or just the written exam, you do not need to take the whole examination again. You will find details on this under § 5 of the examination regulations.