German for nursing B1-B2


telc Deutsch B1-B2 Pflege for nursing staff is an examination for professional purposes designed for professionals working in nursing and geriatric care who need to prove their language skills at B1 or B2 level. It covers lexis and grammatical structures of the upper range of B1 and B2. The examination can be taken by anyone.

What can you do in work-related situations at level B1 or B2?

At level B2, you can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in the field of nursing and geriatric care. You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

At level B1 you can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work and everyday situations. You can communicate reasonably fluently in everyday situations and on topics related to the field of nursing and geriatric care.

What is the structure of the examination?

The examination consists of a written and an oral part. The written examination lasts 1 hour and 55 minutes. Before the oral examination you have 20 minutes preparation time. The oral examination can take place on the day of the written examination or on another day.


Written Examination

Listening Comprehension

Reading Comprehension, Language Elements


25 minutes

60 minutes

30 minutes

Oral Examination

usually together with one other candidate

16 minutes

Practice material

What is expected from you in the examination?

You can find the details of the examination by looking at the mock examination telc Deutsch B1-B2 Pflege. 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 examination 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, 1,4 MB)

Download listening texts (MP3, 23,3 MB)

Additional material


A handbook with a description of learning objectives, subject-specific “can do” statements, test specifications and word lists for the examination is available for download. It includes detailed information about the skills required for the test and the corresponding subtests.

Handbook (PDF, 1,0 MB)

Tips for candidates

You’ll find detailed information about all the types of subtests of the exam in telc Deutsch B1-B2 Pflege, Tipps zur Prüfungsvorbereitung. You’ll also find examples of candidates’ written performance with comments on the rating. The printed version is available in the telc shop.

Tips for candidates (PDF, 861 KB)