Everything about the TELC B2 exam

Author: Jadranka Bokan

People who plan to go to Germany and work there (especially the doctors who want to work in hospitals) usually need to take the TELC B2 exam. Since this is a very common situation I decided to write a short description of this exam so that you can orient yourself better.

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Recommended text book(s): Erkundungen B2 or even better Mittelpunkt B2. Ziel B2 is good, but in my opinion very complicated and extensive. You can order your copies here (just click on the Play button):

Writing: In the written part of the exam you will get the task either to write a complaint (Beschwerde) or an application (Bewerbung). An example of a complaint can be found here. An example of an application is here.

If you want to prepare yourself for the TELC B2 exam with me, click here.

Oral exam: lasts about 15 minutes. You are taking it in pairs. It consists of 3 parts. After you introduce yourself, the first part is a short presentation, then comes a discussion to a given text and the third part is planning something with your partner.

It is very important that you learn Redemittel (phrases) for the discussion and planing by heart, because it gives you time to think about the real content of your sentences. All needed Redemittel you can find here:

In addition, before you start the discussion, make sure that you sum up the text. In order to do that, you can use the following Redemittel:

das Thema des Artikels lautet: …
Die Hauptinformation hier ist, dass…
Es wurde nachgewiesen, dass…
Ich finde auch Folgendes wichtig: …
Außerdem (+Verb+Subject)

You should prepare a short presentation for the beginning of the oral exam. It should last about a minute, while another minute will be spent on partner’s questions related to your presentation. Make sure that you choose the topic that really interests/excites you most – you can talk about your hobby, your favourite film or book etc. If you do so, you won’t forget anything that you wanted to say! p.s. make sure that you use complex things, e.g. complex conjunctions (Doppelkonjunktionen) like dadurch… dass (e.g. die Wege entstehen dadurch, dass man sie geht); Verb-Nomen Verbindungen (e.g. man soll auf andere Rücksicht nehmen) etc. In some resources they say that you will get to choose one of 5 topics, so make sure to prepare at least one of them too: your favourite film, your favourite book, your dream holiday.

For a video that shows you how the oral exam looks like click here.

Preparation book for the exam: If you find some time, it would be beneficial if you would take a look at this book which shows you the exact format of the test: Mit Erfolg zu TELC B2.

Test yourself: Once you feel ready, do this online TELC B2 test

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