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Lanes Telc DTZ exam

DTZ exam - German test for immigrants

DTZ exam

When can participants write the DTZ exam?

The DTZ exam (German test for immigrants) is aimed at all participants who wish to prove their German language skills. In addition, all BAMF integration courses end with the DTZ exam, the cost are paid by the BAMF. Furthermore, the DTZ exam is a scaled exam, which means that general knowledge is tested on two competence levels (A2 and B1). Depending on the language level, participants receive either an A2 or B1 certificate. However, this exam can also be taken by any other person in Germany who is interested.


What is the DTZ exam worth?

With the Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer (German test for immigrants), the participants either prove their language skills for naturalisation in Germany or for an extension of the residence permit. In addition, the telc certificate can also be helpful, for example, when looking for an internship or a job. The DTZ certificate certifies the basic knowledge of the German language and helps you to find a job. This certificate is also valid for a lifetime.


What do you need to be able to do for this exam?

On level A2 you can communicate in a simple way in everyday situations. You can also have short conversations in familiar situations and use simple grammatical structures correctly.

On level B1 you can communicate in a simple and coherent way in everyday life. You will also be able to report on experiences, describe goals and give reasons for your own opinion. In general, you can use the most important structures correctly. You know the vocabulary of the most common everyday topics such as offices, work, shopping, health, children, media and housing.


How does the exam work?

The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes. There is no break during the exam. The oral exam can take place on the day of the written exam or on another day. As a rule, however, it takes place on the same day. For the oral exam there is no preparation time and usually the exam is always held with two participants. However, if there is an odd number of candidates, a participant must take the exam with one of the examiners. You must also present an official document (identity card or passport) for the exam.


Can I repeat the exam?

Yes, you can repeat the exam as often as you like. However, you must repeat the complete exam both orally and in writing.


When will I receive the exam result or the certificate?

As a rule, you will receive the certificate 4 weeks after the exam at L.A.N.E.S..

Where and when can I take the exam?

You can take the exam in our institute L.A.N.E.S. Duisburg and Düsseldorf. Please note that you must register and pay for the exam as an external participant at least 14 days before the exam date. L.A.N.E.S. takes over the registration for the participants of the integration courses.

Exam times

Written exam

Listening 25 minutes

Reading 45 minutes

Write 30 minutes

Oral exam (usually together with another participant) 16 minutes


Exam times :

Written exam: 10:00 – 14:30 (!please note the exam day!)

Oral exam: 15:00 – 18:30

The date for the oral exam is not freely selectable.

Exam places :

Duisburg I Düsseldorf

Fees per exam :

Telc A1-A2-B1: 140 €

Telc B2 Prüfung: 150 €

Telc C1 Prüfung: 160 €

Free through BAMF and Jobcenter

Exam dates Duisburg :

Exam dates Düsseldorf :

bamf Telc 1 Telc 2 iso 9001

About L.A.N.E.S

L.A.N.E.S is one of the largest telc testing providers in North Rhine-Westphalia, with more than 2000 participants every year. LANES conducts university entrance examinations several times a month at a total of 2 exam centres (Duisburg and Düsseldorf).

L.A.N.E.S Duisburg


Bismarckstr. 142 a Etage 1

47057 Duisburg, Germany

+49 203 306 175 0
+49 203 395 8839 53

L.A.N.E.S Düsseldorf

Graf-Adolf-Straße 41 Etage 5

40210 Düsseldorf, Germany

+49 211 924 175 92
+49 203 395 8839 53

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