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Everything you need to know about TELC in 2021

You are new in Switzerland and you must pass the telc test for your work or residence permit?

Moving and settling into a new country can be though, especially because some things seem very confusing at first sight. However, the telc test doesn’t have to be one of them. 

I`m here to bring you clarity to the topic telc test and most importantly to answer all your questions.

 

So let’s get right into it. You might have been wondering all along…

What is telc...?

Telc is short for The European Language Certificate. It is a standardized test that proves your language level. The word “standardized” is important here, it means that no matter where you take the test, the questions will be the same. This makes the test fair, transparent and reliable. 

… and why do I need it?

Basically, you need telc as an official prove for every matter that requires a certain level of German skills, for example: 

  • Integration and residence permits (A1, A2, B1)
  • Work permits (A1, A2, B1-B2)
  • Swiss passport (B1)
  • University admission (C1) 
  • Recognition of foreign diplomas (B2 / C1)

 

And here’s the best part:

Where is telc officially recognized?

The telc test is officially recognized in all German speaking countries (Switzerland, Germany, Austria). It is highly regarded by companies, government authorities, schools, and universities. 

 

Now let’s dive a little deeper into the exam structure 

What is the structure of the telc test?

Depending on which language level you are taking the exam, the structure will differ. The tables below will give you more details on your language level.

Telc A1 test structure

Telc test structure A1

Telc A2 test structure

Telc test structure A2

Telc B1 test structure

Telc test structure B1

Telc B2 test structure

Telc C1 test structure

Telc test structure C1

Telc C2 test structure

Feeling ready for the exam!? 

Then it’s time to take action.

Where can I take the telc test?

The following language schools in Zurich are certified to administer telc exams:

  • Academia integration 
  • Alpha Welt Sprachen AG
  • Bénédict-Schule Zürich AG
  • Berlitz School of Languages AG Zürich
  • ECAP Zürich
  • Fischer Consulting
  • Flying Teachers GmbH
  • Genossenschaft Migros Klubschule Migros Zürich
  • Hallo Deutschschule GmbH
  • Jobcom GmbH
  • LanguageMasters GmbH
  • LSI Zürich
  • SAL Zürich
  • WORDCULTURE
 

When does the telc test take place?

Telc examination centers can set examination dates individually. To check examinations dates and register for the exam you must contact a telc examination center of your choice (see the list above).

How much does the telc test cost?

The price for the telc test is set by the telc examination centers individually and can therefore vary. Check out the table below to see the price range.

Thank you for reading my article! Drop a comment if you liked it or if you still have a question.

Hear you soon,

Anna

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