telc C1 exam in Berlin

German for advanced students

What is the telc exam C1?

It is an exam for those of you who want to show your advanced knowledge of German or who need the German language in their social or professional life or at university. For a special proof of your university related German knowledge we also offer telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule.

What can I do at the level of C1?

Do you sometimes forget your first language and already dream in German? This is a good sign! At the level of C1 you have already mastered the language to a very advanced level: you can express yourself spontaneously and fluently without having to look noticeably for words, you are familiar with colloquial speech and you know how to adapt your style depending on the situation. In your social and your professional life, you can speak clearly, structured, and elaborately about a variety of complex topics. You have the knowledge to express connections logically both orally as well as in writing and you generally only make few grammar mistakes. You understand long and demanding texts well and you can also read between the lines. German is no longer a closed book for you!

Who should take the telc exam C1?

Do you have to show sufficient knowledge of German for example in the context of a job application? The certificate of your telc exam C1 is proof that you have an advanced understanding of German. If you are planning on applying for a job, you can use this certificate to show that you fulfil the language requirements. If you wish to apply for this exam, you shouldn’t confuse it with the telc C1 Hochschule! The difference between them is that telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule focusses on the university related aspects of German and is aimed at all students who wish to study at a German speaking university. Get in touch with us if you are unsure about which exam is the right one for you.

What if I don’t pass the telc exam C1?

You can take the telc exam C1 as many times as you want. If you only passed the oral or only the written part of the exam, you do not have to repeat the exam as a whole. The results are usually available after six weeks.

What are the costs of the telc C1 exam?

The price for your telc exam C1 can be found here.
Please note that exam registration is only possible until 13pm on the Thursday 2 weeks prior to your exam. For example, if your exam is on a Friday, then the deadline to register is 15 days before your exam; if your exam is on a Saturday, then the deadline to register is 16 days before your exam.

When can I take the telc exam C1?

The telc exam C1 usually takes place once a month, always on a Friday – both parts of the exam (written and oral) can be done on the same day. The results are usually available after approx. six weeks. You can find the exact dates and prices here.

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How can I prepare for it?

You will learn all the vocab and grammar you need to know for your telc exam C1 in our speakeasy language courses.

Additionally, your exam comes with an exam preparation course! This course has four appointments – each of which focusses on a different part of the exam. The best part is that this course takes place in a virtual classroom! The entire course is online and one of our great speakeasy teachers will explain more about the exam live for you and the other participants.

Another way to prepare for the exam is to go through a mock exam.

What is the structure of the telc exam C1?

The C1 exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written part lasts for 3 hours and 40 minutes and checks your reading and listening comprehension as well as your writing. The oral part, which assesses your speaking, can take place on the same day as the written exam or you can book another appointment to do your oral exam on another day. You will have 20 minutes to prepare for the oral exam.

C1 Written Exam
Reading Comprehension
Listening Comprehension
Oral Exam
usually with another participant
16 - 24

Your advantages summarized:

  • licensed examination center
  • online preparation course
  • the telc C1 exam on one date per month
  • automatic sending of your results by email
  • both parts of the C1 exam on one day
  • partial exams (only oral / only written) possible
  • registration at short notice is also possible
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