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Certifications

CILS Exams

The Certificates of Italian are titles attesting the degree of communication skills in Italian as a Foreign Language. Potential recipients include foreign citizens, Italian citizens residing abroad (of Italian origin), and foreign immigrants in Italy.

No previous degree is required to take the exams.

For the administration of the exams through the Italian Culture Institutes, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has signed agreements with the following institutions:

The certification is consistent with the parameters set by the European Union’s Framework of Reference for Languages.

  Università per Stranieri di
Perugia
Università per Stranieri di
Siena
Università degli Studi di Roma Tre Dante Alighieri
LEVEL C2
Padronanza
CELI 5 CILS Quattro-C2 IT PLIDA C2
LEVEL C1
Efficacia
CELI 4 CILS Tre-C1 —— PLIDA C1
LEVEL B2
Progresso
CELI 3 CILS Due B2 —— PLIDA B2
LEVEL B1
Soglia
CELI 2 CILS Uno B1 ele.IT PLIDA B1
Level B1 Cittadinanza* All centers. Required to acquire Italian citizenship only
LEVEL A2
Sopravvivenza
CELI 1 CILS A2 —— PLIDA A2
LEVEL A1
Contatto
CELI 1 CILS A1 —— PLIDA A1

* As of December 4, 2018 (Italian law No. 132, of December 1, 2018) an adequate knowledge of the Italian language is required for obtaining Italian citizenship pursuant to art. 5 and 9 of Law 91/1992. Adequate knowledge is defined to be no less than level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Fulfillment of this requirement is met by the acquisition of a title/certification issued by an institution of public education/educational institution or a certification issued by an authorized/recognized certifying body.

How to take the exams abroad 
Certification exams can be taken abroad. They are administered by the Italian cultural Institutes or other authorized institutions. In New York, the Italian Cultural Institute offers CILS exams (on behalf of the Università per Stranieri di Siena) twice a year – in the first half of June and in the first half of December of each year. A registration fee is required in order to take the exam.  More information are available at the Universita’ per Stranieri di Siena web site.

CILS Exams at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York

Exam dates in 2024

– February 15, 2024, B1 Cittadinanza level only – Registration from December 1, 2023 to January 6, 2024 – REGISTRATION CLOSED

– April 11, 2024, B1 Cittadinanza level only – Registration from January 30 to February 28, 2024 – REGISTRATION CLOSED

– June 5, 2024, all levels (A1, A2, B1, B1 Cittadinanza, B2, C1, C2) – REGISTRATION CLOSED

– July 18, 2024, Cittadinanza level only – Registration from April 24 to June 9, 2024

– October 17, 2024, Cittadinanza level only – Registration from August 1, to September 8, 2024

– December 5, 2024, all levels (A1, A2, B1, B1 Cittadinanza, B2, C1, C2) – Registration from September 11 to October 13, 2024

 

All documents must arrive exclusively during the registration period specified for each exam listed above.

General instruction for CILS exam registration:

  • Applicants must send a filled-out Application Form, a photocopy of an ID (passport or driver’s license), and a check or money order for the registration fee corresponding to the level of the exam one wishes to take. Please be aware that personal data (e.g. family name, etc.) on the APPLICATION FORM (PDF version OR Word version) must be completed and match the I.D.
  • Application materials must be sent to the Italian Cultural Institute, CILS Exam, 686 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065.
  • Checks or money orders should be made payable to Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 686 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10065- For: CILS exam.
  • All documents must be delivered at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura by the deadline specified above
  • Applicants will receive an acceptance email once the registration is completed.
  • Results are available at risultati.unistrasi.it 45 days (B1 Citizenship) – 4 months (all other levels) from the date of the test.
  • Diploma: it is possible to download from the portal a certificate with the score (if you have passed the test). The final diploma is sent by courier from the University of Siena to the Institute 3 to 6 (or more) months after the publication of the results. Once the diploma has been received, the IIC will deliver it directly to the interested parties.

** Timing of publication of results and printing of diplomas depends exclusively on the University for Foreigners of Siena (Instructions for exam locations.pdf (unistrasi.it),  Instructions for exam locations).**

 

Important: Please be advised that seats are limited. Acceptance is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Exams take place with a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 18 applicants. If there are fewer than 8 applications, the exam will not take place and the fee(s) will be refunded. Registration stops when we reach the number of 18 applicants.

 

Test samples from the University of Siena:

Levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2

Level: B1 Cittadinanza only

Important information for the day of the exam. 

The test will take place at the Italian Cultural Institute (686 Park Avenue) and you must be in person. Details reguarding the exam day will be sent directly to each student once the registration is completed.

 

Registration fees:

Level Fee Fee for each proficiency *
A1 $60.00 $18.00*
A2 $60.00 $18.00*
UNO B1 Cittadinanza $120.00
UNO B1 120.00 $30.00*
DUE B2 $132.00 $32.40*
TRE C1 $162.00 $42.00*
QUATTRO C2 $192.00 $42.00*

* Applicable to test(s) not passed in a previous exam.

Registration fees are NOT refunded unless the session is canceled due to the lack of a sufficient number of applications.