German C2


telc Deutsch C2 tests the knowledge of German at near-native speaker level. The examination is aimed at in-country students or graduates, at applicants for positions requiring excellent knowledge of German or at advanced students of German Studies abroad.

What can you do at level C2?

You can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. In speaking, you can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely. You can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. You make only rarely mistakes.

What is the structure of the examination?

The examination consists of a written and an oral part. The written examination lasts four hours and ten minutes. Before the oral examination, you have 20 minutes of preparation time. The oral examination can take place on the day of the written examination or on another day.


Written Examination

Reading Comprehension

Listening Comprehension




80 minutes


60 minutes

20 minutes

90 minutes

Oral Examination

Individual examination

15 minutes

Practice material

What is expected from you in the examination?

You can find out about the details of the exam by looking at the mock examination telc Deutsch C2. 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 1 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, 1,7 MB)

Download listening texts (MP3, 16,9 MB)


Additional material


A handbook with a description of the learning objectives and the test specifications for the examination is available for download. In it you will find detailed information about the skills required for the test and about the corresponding subtests.

Download learning objectives (PDF, 865 KB)

Tips for candidates

You’ll find detailed information about all the types of subtests of the exam in telc Deutsch C2, Tips for candidates. You’ll also find examples of candidates’ written and oral performance with comments on the rating. The printed version is available in the shop.

Download tips (PDF, 2,8 MB)