This page lists the various ways of gaining a B2 or C1 certificate in English.
Below is a list of all the tests that are accepted as proof of B2 and C1 competence in English. 

 

 

UNIcert courses offered by the FZHB

Certificate

Validity

B2 UNIcert® II

 2 years

C1 UNIcert® III

 2 years

International certificates

  Certificate

Criteria for B2 certificate

Criteria for C1 certificate

Test centres

Validity

TOEFL Test (internet based)

72 - 94 points

95 points, or more

Bremen,
Göttingen, Hamburg,
Hanover

2 years

IELTS Test

Band 5.5 - 6.5*

*valid for applications for
the winter semester 2019/20
and for the summer semester 2020

Band 6.0 - 6.5*

*valid for applications for
the winter semester 2020/21

Band 7.0 - 8.0

Bremen, Hamburg,
Hanover

2 years

Cambridge First Certificate

Minimum grade: C

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Bremen, Hamburg,
Hanover

2 years

Cambridge Advanced Certificate

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Minimum grade: C

Cambridge Business Vantage

Minimum grade: C

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Cambridge Business Higher

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Minimum grade: C

Pearson PTE Academic

59 points, or more

76 points, or more

Berlin, Frankfurt a.M.

 2 years

Trinity College London ISE II

Candidates must pass both modules

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Trinity College London ISE III

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Candidates must pass both modules

 

TOEIC

ALL 4 sections!

Listening/Reading: 785

Speaking: 160

Writing: 150

ALL 4 sections!

Listening/Reading:
945

Speaking: 180

Writing: 180

 

2 years

LCCI

(London Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

Level 3

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2 years

KMK certificate

B2

C1

Vocational training

2 years

Other certificates

Other certificates can be issued directly by the FZHB when proof of the following is presented to us.

When your language level is explicitly stated on your Abitur certificate, you do not need a certificate of acceptance from the FZHB.

Other certificates

Criteria for B2 certificate

Criteria for C1 certificate

Validity

Abitur in Germany

If expressly stated on the Abitur certificate and in accordance with the KMK Directive

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indefinitely

Bilingual Abitur German/English

Pass

indefinitely

US High School Diploma

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Grades A – C,
or not less than 2.0 GPA
(in USA grade 4.0 is the best grade)

indefinitely

International Baccalaureate Diploma (in English)

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Pass

indefinitely

Certified “Fremdsprachenkorrespondent” (bilingual secretary)

Certificate

indefinitely

Completed semester abroad in an English-speaking country or at an English-speaking institution

Proof in the form of a transcript of records (list of courses taken and grades achieved) 

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indefinitely

1-semester internship in an English­-speaking country or in a completely English-speaking work-environment

Proof of work undertaken and that English was used at B2 level 

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indefinitely

Successfully completed "high school year"
in an English­-speaking country

Candidates must have a transcript of records from the high school with Grades A – C in the core subjects.

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indefinitely

Completed Bachelor's or Master's degree taught in English 

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Degree certificate and transcript of records

indefinitely

Student is from a country where English is the official languages or they have grown up bilingually.

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proficiency test at the FZHB

indefinitely

English for Academic Purposes C1
or English for Specific Purposes C1 language course, including 30 units of teaching hours and a four skills assessment (in listening, reading, speaking, and writing)

Record of performance;
passed

Acceptance of existing certificates and qualifications as proof of English language competence

Please note the new procedure for having English language certificates and qualifications accepted for matriculation purposes.

People to contact

English advisory team

Please send any queries you may have to englischfzhb@uni-bremen.de.

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