Euroexam: Level C1 / Niveau C1

At this level, Euroexam measures candidate's ability to:

  • understand a wide range of demanding texts and recognise implicit meaning.
  • express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Overview of the Exam

Euroexam: Level C1 consists of four parts covering the four principal language skills:


Number of tasks

Time (minutes)


Reading /




Writing /




Listening /




Speaking /






Total: 2h 45 min + breaks

Total: 100

Candidates are allowed to use ANY printed (i.e. not electronic) dictionary in the reading, writing, the last five minutes of the listening and the preparation period of the speaking tests.

Click here for our Bring a dictionary (or two) page for more details on dictionary usage, and our suggestions for the most efficient use of dictionaries during the exam.

The Exam in Detail

A description of each and every exam task.


Reading / Leseverstehen

The Reading test consists of 3 tasks, and takes a total of 45 minutes.

Task 1 – Paragraph Headings

  • Candidates receive a text of 400-500 words excerpted from newspapers, magazines, advertisements, literature, articles, academic sources, consisting of seven sections or paragraphs (one is used as an example), and nine paragraph titles or headlines; the task is to match the heading to the appropriate paragraph.
  • This task tests the ability to understand global information.

Task 2 – Long text

  • The candidate reads a single text of 1000-1250 words, normally an article, letter or narrative, and finds the eight pieces of specific information to answer 2 to 4 questions. Answers are marked for content only.
  • This task tests the ability to appropriately select information from a text.

Task 3 – Multiple-Choice

  • This task uses two texts of 315-420 words each, each of a different genre but all connected to the same theme. The candidate answers six multiple-choice comprehension questions, five focusing on detailed meaning with the final question relating to some aspect of the text as a whole.
  • This task tests detailed comprehension, scanning, inference, judging the writer’s attitude.

Writing / Schreiben

Task 1 – Transactional Writing

  • The candidate reads several pieces of written or diagrammatic text (e.g. leaflets, notes, letters, maps, timetables) providing a context and information for the task. The candidate is asked to write a ca. 200 word transactional letter or email using the information provided.

Task 2 – Discursive Writing

  • There are three tasks from which the candidate chooses one. The candidate must write a ca. 200 word text within the genre specified. At present the tested genres are: an article, a review and an essay.

Listening / Hörverstehen

Task 1 – Short Conversations

  • The candidate listens twice to four short conversations occurring in the same location and matches each one with an item from List A and an item from List B. List B often consists of the attitude or psychological state of one of the speakers. Each list has two items which are not needed.

Task 2 – Making Notes

  • The candidate listens to a recorded monologue, usually a lecture, in three parts. Before each part the student hears a recorded question. While listening to the monologue the candidate must note down three pieces of information which are required to answer the question. At the end of each section the question is repeated and there is a pause for writing. The recording is played only once.

Task 3 – Radio Programme

  • The candidate listens twice to an excerpt from a radio programme. The candidate answers eight multiple-choice questions while listening. The programme will typically be a talk show or formal discussion.

Speaking / Sprechen

Candidates are examined in pairs. There are two examiners: one an interlocutor, the other an assessor. The candidate has ten minutes before the test for preparing Task 2. Candidates may use printed (i.e. non-electronic) dictionaries.

Task 1 – Interview

  • The candidate in a pair has a two-minute conversation with his/her partner. If they don’t know each other, they find out information about the other candidate. If they do, they compare the things they have in common.

Task 2 – Presentation & Discussion

  • In the preparation room the candidate has ten minutes to choose one of two statements and to prepare a two-minute presentation. The statements are contentious, and the candidate needs to marshal arguments for and against the statement and to conclude by giving a reasoned opinion. The candidate is not judged on his/her opinion, but on the quality of his/her English and the logic of argument. No specialised knowledge is required. When giving the presentation, the candidate may consult, but not read from, his/her notes.
  • While one candidate is giving the presentation the other candidate will take notes. After the presentation, the other will ask questions and make points on what the candidate has said. The candidate responds to these points. One minute is allowed for this discussion.
  • The same procedure is repeated vice versa for the other candidate.

Task 3 – Discussion

  • The pair of candidates receives a card with four thematically linked photographs. These photographs are possible illustrations for the cover of a book, a poster, etc. on a given subject. First, they discuss which aspect of the topic each picture portrays. Then the two candidates debate which is the most suitable. Finally they discuss any other suitable images for the book. Three minutes is allowed for this task.

Tips for the Speaking Test

As we are testing spontaneous communication in all parts of the speaking test (including the presentation which the candidate has prepared notes for in the 10-minute preparation time) it is not possible for the candidate to recite preprepared responses on a given topic. Instead candidates are advised to develop their oral communication skills in the following areas: personal experience and opinion, general conversation, storytelling, formal and informal roleplay, debating skills. 

Evaluation Criteria - C1

Click on the following linkes for Euroexam: Level C1 evaluation criteria for speaking skills and writing skills.

Level C1 descriptors




Can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signaled explicitly.
Can understand television programmes and films without too much effort.


Can understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style.
Can understand specialised articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to my field.

Spoken Interaction

Can express myself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
Can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes.
Can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate my contribution skilfully to those of other speakers.

Spoken Production

Can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.


Can express myself in clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length.
Can write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report, underlining what I consider to be the salient issues.
Can select a style appropriate to the reader in mind.