The CILS exam (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera, Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language) is a proficiency examination and an official recognition of the attained level of linguistic competence of Italian as a foreign language. It is intended for those who study Italian, or who are planning on (or are already) working or studying in Italy, or within an Italian context. As a certificate of proficiency, the exam can be taken at each of the six competency levels as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (from A1 to C2).
CILS can be recognized through different credit systems: ECTS in the European education institutions and CFU in the Italian education system. The CILS exam "CILS Due-B2" is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. Students who have obtained CILS Due-B2 are exempt from the language test organized by Italian universities.
The Ca’ Foscari School for International Education (SIE), in agreement with the Università per Stranieri di Siena, is an accredited centre for the CILS examinations and also offers preparation for the CILS exam.
The exam can be taken at each of the six competency levels as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:
The CILS exams assess listening, reading, writing and oral skills as well as the use of Italian language (grammar and lexis in context). To obtain the CILS certification candidates must achieve the minimum score in all exam sections. If a candidate achieves the minimum score for only some of the assessed skills, the result is capitalized. The capitalized sections are valid for 18 months from the first exam and applicants only need to take the sections they didn’t pass previously in their following examination. Examples of previous exam papers can be found on the Università per Stranieri di Siena website.
The CILS exams will take place at the Ca' Foscari School for International Education (SIE), San Sebastiano, Dorsoduro 1686, 30123, Venezia.
|Level||Fee*||Capitalized fee for each skill repeated**|
|CILS A1 e A2||€40||€12|
*Exam fees over €77,47 require a €2 revenue stamp, which will be charged extra
**Cost for each skill that is to be repeated
Please note that SIE is not allowed to refund fees if the candidate cannot sit the exam. In extraordinary circumstances, fees can be transferred to the following session with an extra fee of €10. Extraordinary circumstances will only be granted with appropriate documentation regarding health problems, serious family problems, or the impossibility to postpone study commitments.
In order to enrol:
If you have already sat a CILS exam, when you enrol, please provide the office with your CILS matricola number. If you have lost it, please inform the staff.
Exams will only be activated if a minimum number of participants is reached.
If you are a candidate with disabilities, SpLDs or special needs, please contact our office in order to produce the relevant documentation when you enrol.
Results will be published on the Università per Stranieri di Siena website within 2 to 4 months, depending on the level and the number of candidates. Students can access their results through their CILS enrolment number (matricola number), and will be able to collect their certificate from the SIE office.
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The SIE offers lessons to prepare students for the CILS exam at levels B1, B2, C1 and C2. The preparation consists of 4 lessons which are held by a qualified teacher who is also an official CILS examiner.
CILS preparation lessons are offered shortly before the exam date. They provide students with an in-depth preparation on the different skills involved in the exam. Past papers will be analysed and examined in order to highlight difficult elements. An overview of the different sections of the exam will be given to students and the main features of the test such as test tasks, item types and assessment criteria will be illustrated. Practice tests will be taken under the teacher’s supervision with and without time limits. Exam correction will help students to determine critical issues, to develop strategies and to help students to tackle the exam.
The next lessons will be held in April 2019. Information will be online soonest.
In order to enrol:
Lessons will only be activated if a minimum number of participants is reached.
Last update: 20/02/2019