German C1


Deutsch C1 tests general German language competence at a very advanced level. The exam is suitable for adults who use English socially and professionally or academically in their studies.

What can you do at level C1?

At C1 level you can express yourself spontaneously and fluently. You are familiar with idiomatic phrases and can vary your style of language as appropriate. You can use the language with a high degree of grammatical accuracy.

What is the structure of the examination?

The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 3 hours and 35 minutes. Before the oral exam you do not have any preparation time. The oral exam can take place on the day of the written exam or on another day.


Written Examination

Reading Comprehension


Listening Comprehension


100 minutes


20 minutes

55 minutes

60 minutes

Oral Examination

usually a group exam with two or three candidates

15-24 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 C1. 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.

Download mock examination (PDF, 1,5 MB)

Download listening texts (MP3, 16,9 MB)

Tips for candidates

You’ll find detailed information about all the types of subtests in the exam in telc Deutsch C1, 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 Tipps (PDF, 1,1 MB)