German B2


telc Deutsch B2 tests your general German language competence at an advanced level. The exam can be taken by anyone.

The best exam for professional purposes at this level is the Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf / telc Deutsch B2 Beruf.

What can you do at level B2?

At level B2 you can express yourself clearly and explicitly and also successfully discuss and negotiate. You have a large command of the vocabulary needed for your field of specialisation and for most general topics. Your usage of grammar is sound.

What is the structure of the examination?

The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 2 hours and 20 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)




Listening Comprehension



90 minutes


20 minutes

20 minutes

30 minutes

Oral Examination

usually together with one other candidate

15 minutes

Practice material

What is expected from you in the examination?

You can find out the details of the exam by looking at the mock examination telc Deutsch B2. This is a complete test (with answer key), which you can try out at home or in your lessons. In addition, you can read about the exam procedure and how the written test and oral performance are rated.

You can download the mock examination and the relevant MP3 files here free of charge. The printed version and the Audio-CD are available in the telc shop.

Download mock examination (PDF, 1,2 MB)

Download listening texts (MP3, 17,3 MB)

Additional material

Tips for candidates

You’ll find detailed information about all the types of subtests of the exam in telc Deutsch B2, Tipps für Teilnehmer. You’ll also find examples of candidates’ written performance with comments on the rating. The printed version is available in the telc shop.

Download Tips (PDF, 836 KB)

Learning objectives

The brochure on learning objectives (telc Deutsch B2, Lernziele und Testformat ) gives you detailed information about the necessary vocabulary and grammar skills you need and is available as a download. 

Download learning objectives (PDF, 831 KB)