The structure of the exam

Step 1 Registration for language exam

You need to register for the telc exam prior to the 32nd day before the exam date. Exam dates >>

The registration process is online.
The exam fee can be paid by bank transfer of credit card.
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Exam fees are payable in full.
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After the registration deadline you can still submit a late registration until the 22nd day before the exam date. Late registrations are subject to a surcharge.

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Step 2. You will receive a confirmatory email about your registration.

After the expiry of the registration deadline, candidates will be assigned for the exams. A second email will be sent containing the exact date, time and location of your exam. Please check your personal information and let us know about any errors via email to info@telcvizsga.hu. In case you do not receive the above-mentioned notice, please let us know via phone or email to info@telcvizsga.hu. The exam centre is not responsible for any damage arising from the candidates’ lack of communication regarding the above-mentioned steps. The exam centre is not responsible for any damage arising from the candidates’ not receiving the exam information if the information was sent according to protocol.

Step 3 On the day of the exam

Show up at least 30 minutes before the exam and find your designated room. Wait for the attendant’s permission to enter the room.
If you are late, you will not be allowed to take the exam.
Have your identification documents with you and bring your own pencil/pen and eraser.
You can take one bottle of beverage with you into the room. The bottle should be transparent, and any paper or plastic label should be removed.
You must show your valid ID before entering the room. Without a valid ID your will not be allowed to take the exam.

Step 4 Written exam

Level B1 is called „alapfok” in Hungary. The written and oral parts of the exam are scheduled on the same day. Use of dictionaries is not allowed during the exam. You can choose if you want to use either a pencil or a pen. You might choose to use a pen exclusively, but then you will not be able to make corrections.

No breaks are provided during the written part of the exam.

For the complex exam to be considered successful, the candidate must achieve a score of  60 percent  (198 points) in  the written and oral parts combined, and at least 40 percent  in  the individual skills (reading comprehension, letter writing, listening, speaking). This is how the final scores (max .330 points) and percentages are calculated.  Successful test takers receive a state-recognized complex certificate and also an international certificate.

If a candidate applies for a complex exam but manages to pass only one part (written or oral), they will receive an international result sheet and a Hungarian partial exam certificate.

I. Reading
  1. Reading for gist: Candidates match each of five short texts with the appropriate headline from a group of ten.
  2. Reading for details: Candidates answer a series of five multiple-choice questions.
  3. Selective reading: Candidates match ten texts with the appropriate advertisement from a group of twelve.
II. Language elements
  1. Candidates read a text and answer a series of ten multiple-choice questions.
  2. Candidates choose the right words from a selection to fill ten gaps in a text.
III. Writing (2 tasks)
  1. Candidates are given four guiding points. Using these elements, they are expected to write a semi-formal or a personal letter.
    2. Candidates are expected to write a personal e-mail to a friend based on the instruction.

Level B1 is called „alapfok” in Hungary. The written and oral parts of the exam are scheduled on the same day. Use of dictionaries is not allowed during the exam. You can choose if you want to use either a pencil or a pen. You might choose to use a pen exclusively, but then you will not be able to make corrections.

No breaks are provided during the written part of the exam.

For the complex exam to be considered successful, the candidate must achieve a score of  60 percent  (198 points) in  the written and oral parts combined, and at least 40 percent  in  the individual skills (reading comprehension, letter writing, listening, speaking). This is how the final scores (max .330 points) and percentages are calculated.  Successful test takers receive a state-recognized complex certificate and also an international certificate.

If a candidate applies for a complex exam but manages to pass only one part (written or oral), they will receive an international result sheet and a Hungarian partial exam certificate.

I. Reading
  1. Reading for gist: Candidates match each of five short texts with the appropriate headline from a group of ten.
  2. Reading for details: Candidates answer a series of five multiple-choice questions.
  3. Selective reading: Candidates match ten texts with the appropriate advertisement from a group of twelve.
II. Language elements
  1. Candidates read a text and answer a series of ten multiple-choice questions.
  2. Candidates choose the right words from a selection to fill ten gaps in a text.
III. Writing (2 tasks)
  1. Candidates are given four guiding points. Using these elements, they are expected to write a semi-formal or a personal letter.
    2. Candidates are expected to write a personal e-mail to a friend based on the instruction.
Level B2 is called „középfok” in Hungary. The written and oral parts of the exam are scheduled on the same day. Use of dictionaries is not allowed during the exam. You can choose if you want to use either a pencil or a pen You might choose to use a pen exclusively, but then you will not be able to make corrections.
No breaks are provided during the written part of the exam.
For the complex exam to be considered successful, the candidate must achieve a score of 60 percent (198 points) on the written and oral parts combined, and at least 40 percent on the individual skills (reading comprehension, letter writing, listening, speaking). This is how the final scores (max .330 points) and percentages are calculated.  successful test takers receive a state-recognized complex certificate and also an international certificate.
If the candidate applies for a complex exam but manages to pass only one part of it (written or oral), they will receive an international result sheet and a Hungarian partial exam certificate.
I. Reading
  1. Reading for gist: Candidates match each of five short texts with the appropriate headline from a group of ten.
  2. Reading for details: Candidates answer a series of five multiple-choice questions.
  3. Selective reading: Candidates match each of ten statements with the appropriate advertisement from a group of twelve.
II. Language elements
  1. Candidates read a longer text and answer a series of ten multiple-choice questions.
  2. Candidates choose the right words from a selection to fill ten gaps in a text.
III. Writing (2 tasks)
  1. Candidates are given four guiding points. Using these elements, they are expected to write a personal or semi-official letter.
    2. Candidates are given a short instruction and they are expected to write a personal e-mail to a friend based on the instruction.

 

Level B2 is called „középfok” in Hungary. The written and oral parts of the exam are scheduled on the same day. Use of dictionaries is not allowed during the exam. You can choose if you want to use either a pencil or a pen You might choose to use a pen exclusively, but then you will not be able to make corrections.

No breaks are provided during the written part of the exam.

For the complex exam to be considered successful, the candidate must achieve a score of 60 percent (198 points) on the written and oral parts combined, and at least 40 percent on the individual skills (reading comprehension, letter writing, listening, speaking). This is how the final scores (max .330 points) and percentages are calculated.  Successful test takers receive a state-recognized complex certificate and also an international certificate.

If the candidate applies for a complex exam but manages to pass only one part of it (written or oral), they will receive an international result sheet and a Hungarian partial exam certificate.

  1. Reading

Reading for gist: Candidates match each of five short texts with the appropriate headline from a group of ten.

Reading for details: Candidates answer a series of five multiple-choice questions.

Selective reading: Candidates match each of ten statements with the appropriate advertisement from a group of twelve.

  1. Language elements

Candidates read a longer text and answer a series of ten multiple-choice questions.

Candidates choose the right words from a selection of fifteen, to fill ten gaps in a text.

III. Writing (2 tasks)

  1. You are given four guiding points. Using these elements, write a personal or semi-official letter.
  2. You are given a short instruction. Write a personal e-mail to a friend, based on the instruction.

 

 

 

 

Level C1 is called „felsőfok” in Hungary. The written and oral parts of the exam are scheduled on the same day. Use of dictionaries is not allowed during the exam. You can choose if you want to use either a pencil or a pen You might choose to use a pen exclusively, but then you will not be able to make corrections.

At C1 level, no preparation time is provided.
For the complex exam to be considered successful, the candidate must achieve a score of 60 percent (128.5 points) on the written and oral parts combined, and at least 40 percent on the individual skills (reading comprehension, letter writing, listening, speaking). This is how the final scores (max .214 points) and percentages are calculated. Successful test takers receive a state-recognized complex certificate and also an international certificate.
If the candidate applies for a complex exam but manages to pass only one part of it (written or oral), they will receive an international result sheet and a Hungarian partial exam certificate.
I. Reading
  1. Reconstructing a text: From a selection of eight sentences, candidates find the appropriate ones to fill in six gaps in a text.
  2. Selective reading: Candidates read a five-paragraph long text, and then read six sentences. The task is to match each paragraph with the appropriate sentence.
  3. Reading for detail: Candidates read a text, and then read eleven statements. The task is to decide whether the statement is true, false, or no information is given in the text. Finally, candidates select the most suitable title for the text from three options.
II. Language elements
  1. Multiple choice: Candidates read a longer text and answer 22 questions.
III. Writing (2 tasks)
  1. Compulsory part: A given task, usually an essay. Length is a minimum of 200 words.
    2. Optional task: Candidates choose one of four topics. They are given an input, and the task is to create either an official, semi-formal or informal letter, a notice, a letter to the editor or other written work, using a minimum of 150 words. Sometimes all the available topics are official in nature. Evaluation is based on whether the candidate has fulfilled the task in accordance with the guiding points, and whether they have been able to create a clear, coherent and grammatically correct text using appropriate vocabulary.

Level C1 is called „felsőfok” in Hungary. The written and oral parts of the exam are scheduled on the same day. Use of dictionaries is not allowed during the exam. You can choose if you want to use either a pencil or a pen You might choose to use a pen exclusively, but then you will not be able to make corrections.

At C1 level, no preparation time is provided.

For the complex exam to be considered successful, the candidate must achieve a score of 60 percent (128.5 points) on the written and oral parts combined, and at least 40 percent on the individual skills (reading comprehension, letter writing, listening, speaking). This is how the final scores (max .214 points) and percentages are calculated. Successful test takers receive a state-recognized complex certificate and also an international certificate.

If the candidate applies for a complex exam but manages to pass only one part of it (written or oral), they will receive an international result sheet and a Hungarian partial exam certificate.

  1. Reading

Reconstructing a text: From a selection of eight sentences, candidates find the appropriate ones to fill in six gaps in a text.

Selective reading: Candidates read a five-paragraph long text, and then read six sentences. The task is to match each paragraph with the appropriate sentence.

Reading for detail: Candidates read a text, and then read eleven statements. The task is to decide whether the statement is true, false, or no information is given in the text. Finally, candidates select the most suitable title for the text from three options.

  1. Language elements
  2. Multiple choice: Candidates read a longer text and answer 22 questions.

III. Writing (2 tasks)

  1. Compulsory part: A given task, usually an essay. Length is a minimum of 200 words.
  2. Optional task: Candidates choose one of four topics. They are given an input, and the task is to create either an official, semi-formal or informal letter, a notice, a letter to the editor or other written work, using a minimum of 150 words. Sometimes all the available topics are official in nature. Evaluation is based on whether the candidate has fulfilled the task in accordance with the guiding points, and whether they have been able to create a clear, coherent and grammatically correct text using appropriate vocabulary.

 

Step 5 Oral Exam

I. Listening
  1. Selective listening: Candidates listen to 5 short audio recordings twice, and then answer five ’true or false’ questions.
  2. Listening for detail: Candidates listen to a longer audio recording twice, and then answer ten ’true or false’ questions.
  3. Listening for gist: Candidates listen to 5 short audio recordings once, and then complete five unfinished statements by selecting the correct answer from the provided options. There is one audio text which has no matching statement. Please note that this skill is tested right after the written part of the exam.
II. Speaking

Preparation time: 20 min
Candidates may take notes in the preparation period (on a separate sheet of paper) and use them during the exam. Test takers are allowed to use notes that they have created in the preparation time, however, they should not read them directly from the paper.
1. Social contacts
The Introduction part of the task is an informal conversation between the test takers. It is about getting to know each other, and after a while one of the candidates suggests a topic.
2.Topic based conversation:

Candidates are expected to converse about a topic presented via texts and images. They have different information about the same topic on their task sheets.
3. Task
Candidates are expected to discuss their ideas on the situation presented and agree on the details of the solution for the given situation.

For a demo about this part of the exam  click here.

I. Listening
  1. Selective listening: Candidates listen to 5 short audio recordings twice, and then answer five ’true or false’ questions.
  2. Listening for detail: Candidates listen to a longer audio recording twice, and then answer ten ’true or false’ questions.
  3. Listening for gist: Candidates listen to 5 short audio recordings once, and then complete five unfinished statements by selecting the correct answer from the provided options. There is one audio text which has no matching statement. Please note that this skill is tested right after the written part of the exam.
II. Speaking

Preparation time: 20 min
Candidates may take notes in the preparation period (on a separate sheet of paper) and use them during the exam. The test takers are allowed to use notes that they have created in the preparation time, however, they should not read them directly from the paper.
1. Social contacts
The Introduction part of the task is an informal conversation between the test takers. It is about getting to know each other, and after a while one of the candidates suggests a topic.
2.Topic based conversation:

Candidates are expected to converse about a topic presented via texts and images. They have different information about the same topic on their task sheets.
3. Task
Candidates are expected to discuss their ideas on the situation presented and agree on the details of the solution for the given situation.

For a demo about this part of the exam  click here.

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I. Listening
  1. 1. Listening for gist: Candidates listen to a series of audio recordings once, and then match 5 headlines with the texts.
    Listening for detail: Candidates listen to a longer audio recording once, and then answer 10 true/false questions.
    3. Selective listening Candidates listen to an audio recording once, and then answer 5 multiple choice questions.

 

II. Speaking

Preparation time:  20 minutes
The test takers are given 20 minutes to prepare for Speaking individually. During this time they have the opportunity to study the task sheets for the three parts of the subtest and think about the topics The exam lasts approximately 15 minutes with two test takers. In case of an uneven number of test takers, one group of three test takers will be examined together. In this case the examination lasts approximately 20 minutes. The test takers are expected to converse with each other and respond to the arguments of their partners in such a way that a lively and authentic conversation develops. Inquiries and mutual assistance in the conversation are viewed positively. Notes taken during the 20-minute preparation phase may be used in the oral examination, but test takers are not permitted to read directly from them.

  1. Social contact
    The introduction part of the exam is about getting to know each other and starting up a conversation.
    1. Presentation
    Candidates give a presentation to their partner about a chosen topic, and answer follow-up questions.
    2. Discussion
    Candidates exchange their opinions and views about the topic they read about during the preparation time. It is important that they keep the exchange conversational.
    3. Task
    Candidates are expected to discuss their ideas on the situation presented and agree on the details of the solution for the given situation.

For a demo about this part of the exam  click here.

Download oral exam topics  >

I. Listening
  1. 1. Listening for gist: Candidates listen to a series of audio recordings once, and then match 5 headlines with the texts.
    Listening for detail: Candidates listen to a longer audio recording once, and then answer 10 true/false questions.
    3. Selective listening: Candidates listen to an audio recording once, and then answer 5 multiple choice questions.

 

II. Speaking

Preparation time:  20 minutes
The test takers are given 20 minutes to prepare for Speaking individually. During this time they have the opportunity to study the task sheets for the three parts of the subtest and think about the topics lasts approximately 15 minutes with two test takers. In case of an uneven number of test takers, one group of three test takers will be examined together. In this case the examination lasts approximately 20 minutes. The test takers are expected to converse with each other and respond to the arguments of their partners in such a way that a lively and authentic conversation develops. Inquiries and mutual assistance in the conversation are viewed positively. Notes taken during the 20-minute preparation phase may be used in the oral examination, but test takers are not permitted to read directly from them.

  1. Social contact
    The introduction part of the exam is about getting to know each other and starting up a conversation.
    2. Presentation
    Candidates give a presentation to their partner about a chosen topic, and answer follow-up questions.
    3. Discussion
    Candidates exchange their opinions and views about the topic they read about during the preparation time. It is important that they keep the exchange conversational.
    4. Task
    Candidates are expected to discuss their ideas on the situation presented and agree on the details of the solution for the given situation.

For a demo about this part of the exam  click here.

Download oral exam topics  >

I. Listening
  1. An audio recording is played to the Candidates. They will hear 10 statements once. The task is to match the appropriate statement to 8 speakers.  .
    2. Multiple choice task: Candidates listen to an audio recording once, then find the right answers for 10 statements .
    3. Information transfer Candidates listen to a presentation once and have to note down one or more pieces of information to each question.

 

 

 

  1. Speaking

Speaking lasts approximately 16 minutes with two test takers. In case of an uneven number of test takers, one group of three test takers will be examined together. In this case the examination is longer. There is no preparation time.

Speaking lasts approximately 16 minutes with two test takers. In case of an uneven number of test takers, one group of three test takers will be examined together. In this case the examination is longer. There is no preparation time.

At the beginning of the exam, candidates are expected to start up a short conversation to get to know each other.

  1. Presentation and follow-up questions
    Candidates are given a task sheet with two topics on it. One of the candidates gives a 3-minute presentation about one of the topics to their partner(s). Their partner summarizes it, highlights the most important points and asks questions. Their partner may take notes during the presentation. After the follow-up questions candidates switch roles.
    2. Discussion
    Candidates are given a short text. They exchange their views and opinions about the topic.

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I. Listening
  1. An audio recording is played to the Candidates. They will hear 10 statements once. The task is to match the appropriate statement to 8 speakers.  .
    2. Multiple choice task: Candidates listen to an audio recording once, then find the right answers for 10 statements.
    3. Information transfer Candidates listen to a presentation once and have to note down one or more pieces of information to each question.

 

 

 

  1. Speaking

Speaking lasts approximately 16 minutes with two test takers. In case of an uneven number of test takers, one group of three test takers will be examined together. In this case the examination is longer. There is no preparation time.

Speaking lasts approximately 16 minutes with two test takers. In case of an uneven number of test takers, one group of three test takers will be examined together. In this case the examination is longer. There is no preparation time.

At the beginning of the exam, candidates are expected to start up a short conversation to get to know each other.

  1. Presentation and follow-up questions
    Candidates are given a task sheet with two topics on it. One of the candidates gives a 3-minute presentation about one of the topics to their partner(s). Their partner summarizes it, highlights the most important points and asks questions. Their partner may take notes during the presentation. After the follow-up questions candidates switch roles.
    2. Discussion
    Candidates are given a short text. They exchange their views and opinions about the topic.

 

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Step 6 View the exam results

The exam results are published within 30 days from the exam date. You can view your result by logging in into your personal online account. In case you are unable to view your result please contact the exam centre.

Important information: The calculation method we use for test results does not conform to the mathematical rounding rules.

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Step 7 Receive the certificate

You will receive your certificate within 60 days of the successful exam. Certificates are issued to that exam centre where the candidate submitted the registration. You, or a person with your written authorization need to visit the centre’s customer service office during business hours to receive the certificate. An email will be sent to you containing the details.

 

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions
Next time you will need to apply for the missing part of the exam only and pay partial exam fee accordingly. The appropriate partial exam certificates combined are equivalent to the complex exam certificate. Read about combining partial exam certificates here.
If you cancel the exam prior to the 32nd day before the exam date, you are eligible for a full refund. If you cancel between the 32nd and 22nd day before the exam date, you are eligible for a partial refund.
You have several options. 1) If you cancel the exam prior to the 32nd day before the exam date, you are eligible for a full refund. 2) If you cancel between the 32nd and 22nd day before the exam date, you are eligible for a partial refund. 3) After the expiry of the application deadline, you can postpone the exam. A postponement fee is required in this case. Please contact us with any requests: info@telcvizsga.hu
You can submit a late cancellation request within 3 days of the examination date. The document should contain the reasons of absence. The requests will be individually assessed by the Examination Center.
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