The CILS Exam (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera, Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language) is a proficiency examination to prove competence in the Italian language. The CILS certificates are official recognitions of the attained level of linguistic competence of Italian as a foreign language. As a certificate of proficiency, the exam can be taken at every level of competence, from Beginners to Advanced.
The Università per Stranieri di Siena is responsible for the exam papers, has established the competences standards in accordance to the European Framework for languages, and sets the dates of examination.
Exams will take place on 5th June 2024 in person in Durham. Registration will open in February and will close on 26th April 2024. We will offer the following exam levels for registration:
Resit fee (per unit)
In addition to the exam fees established by the University of Siena, we charge an administration fee to cover our expenses. The administration fee is included in the exam fees table.
If you wish to register to resit one or more components, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will arrange to send you a separate payment link.
Practice papers are available from the Università per Stranieri di Siena. The Università per Stranieri di Siena has produced a guide (in Italian only) to the language skills tested for each paper. There is also information for candidates on how to prepare.
For each level the CILS exams consist of five parts:
Each CILS level denotes an ability to communicate which may be used in different contexts and situations.
The Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera covers six levels: Level A1, Level A2, Level ONE-B1, Level TWO-B2, Level THREE-C1 and Level FOUR-C2. Each of these represents a progressively higher level of linguistic - grammar, syntax, vocabulary - and communicative ability.
The examinations are aligned to the common reference levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
For further info visit Siena University for Foreigners (CILS).
All learners of Italian as a foreign language, Italian citizens residing abroad (descendants of Italian emigrants), foreign citizens, and foreign immigrants in Italy may request to take the CILS exam. There are no age limits. Applicants are not obliged to possess previous educational certificates or degrees.
For Intermediate and above students it is not necessary to have passed lower levels of the CILS exams in order to attempt the attainment of higher levels. Candidate can prepare individually to sit the CILS exams, and we do not offer CILS preparation courses at Durham.
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