B2 level of English language

PhD students are required to have a Level B2 certificate of proficiency in English pursuant to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This proficiency does not constitute a requirement for access to the PhD admission test, but must be achieved by the time of enrolment.
In the absence of this certification of proficiency at the time of enrolment, at least B2 proficiency in English must be acquired by 31 December following the date of enrolment, under penalty of exclusion from the PhD course.

Before enrolling, PhD students can:

  • obtain a certificate from an official certification body
  • fall within one of the categories of exemption indicated in the appropriate section
  • take the B2 English test at the University Language Centre (CLA) with the fees defined by the CLA Board

After enrolment (and in any case by 31 December following the date of enrolment), PhD students can:

  • take the B2 English test, free for the first two attempts, at the CLA
  • take a free course, subject to availability of places, according to the ordinary CLA calendar; at the end of the in-person course, there is a test recognised as equivalent to the B2 English test. Additional courses may be offered by the CLA for a fee
  • obtain a certificate from an official certification body

In order to obtain the recognition of your language certification(s), send an request for assistance that includes copies of the certificate(s) as attachments by choosing from the menu Post lauream.

If you obtain your certification via the University Language Centre (CLA), your records will automatically be updated to reflect this.

Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Centro linguistico di Ateneo. English B2

Open Badge

Candidates eligible for the CLA B2 test will obtain the English B2 Badge, a new digital tool for recognising and valuing student skills.

Exemption

You can be exempted from the language test if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • you attended and completed higher education studies or at least one year of college in a country in which English is the medium of instruction;
  • you acquired a qualification (high school diploma or university qualification) in Italy or abroad at the conclusion of a period of studies taught entirely in English;
  • during your high school studies you carried out at least one full year of exchange at an institution whose language of instruction was English;
  • you have one of the following qualifications:

    • a degree obtained prior to D.M. 509/1999 in Foreign Languages and Literature, Modern Languages and Literature, Translation, for interpreters, translation and interpretation with regard to English only following a degree course lasting at least three years;
    • a degree obtained under D.M. 509/1999 in Class 11 Languages and modern cultures or Class 3 in Language Mediation with a study plan including a three-year English language course;
    • a degree obtained under D.M. 270/2004 in Class L-11 Modern Languages and Cultures or Class L-12 Language Mediation with a study plan including a three-year English language course.


Recognized Certifications

Language knowledge levels refer to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

ACELS Ireland

B1

TIE Test of Interactive English: B1 o B1+

B2

TIE Test of Interactive English: B2

C1

TIE Test of Interactive English: C1 o C1+

C2

TIE Test of Interactive English: C2

AIM Awards

B1

AIM Awards Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International (Entry 3) (Anglia Intermediate)

B2

AIM Awards Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (Anglia Advanced)

C1

AIM Awards Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Anglia Proficiency)

C2

AIM Awards Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Anglia Mastery)

Cambridge English Language Assessment - (Cambridge ESOL Examinations)

B1

B1 Preliminary
PET: Preliminary English Test
PET for Schools
BEC: Business English Certificate Preliminary

B2

B2 First
FCE: First Certificate in English FCE for Schools
BEC: Business English Certificate Vantage

C1

C1 Advanced
CAE: Certificate in Advanced English
BEC: Business English Certificate Higher

C2

C2 Proficiency
CPE: Certificate of Proficiency in English

ESB - Certificate in ESOL International (All Modes)

B1

ESB Entry 3 Certificate in ESOL International (All Modes)

B2

ESB Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (All Modes)

C1

ESB Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (All Modes)

ETS - TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language

B1

iBT 42 - 71
ITP/PBT 460 - 542

B2

iBT 72 - 94
ITP/PBT 543 - 626

C1

iBT 94 - 120
ITP/PBT 627 - 677

ETS - TOEIC Test of English for International Communication

B1

Listening & Reading 550-784
Speaking 120-159
Writing 120-149

B2

Listening & Reading 785-944
Speaking 160-199
Writing 150-199

C1

Listening & Reading 945
Speaking 200
Writing 200

Gatehouse Awards - GA Certificate in ESOL International

B1

GA Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International (Entry 3)

B2

GA Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International

C1

GA Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International

C2

GA Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

B1

Mark 4.0 - 5.0

B2

Mark: 5.5 - 6.5

C1

Mark: 7.0 - 8.0

C2

Mark: 9.0

IELTS - Indicator

B1

Mark: 4.0 - 5.0

B2

Mark: 5.5 - 6.5

C1

Mark: 7.0 - 8.0

C2

Mark: 9.0

LCCI International Qualifications - EDI

B1

English for Business Level 2

B2

English for Business Level 3

C1

English for Business Level 4

Learning Resource Network - LRN

B1

LRN Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International - CEF Level B1

B2

LRN Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International - CEF Level B2

C1

LRN Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International - CEF Level C1

C2

LRN Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International - CEF Level C2

Oxford University Press Oxford Test of English B

B1

Mark 81-110

B2

Mark111-140

Pearson Tests of English

B1

PTE General Level 2 PTE Academic 43 - 58

B2

PTE General Level 3 PTE Academic 59 - 75

C1

PTE General Level 4 PTE Academic 76 - 84

C2

PTE General Level 5 PTE Academic 85

Password Academic

B1

Pass

Trinity College London

B1

ISE: Integrated Skills Examinations in English
ISE I

B2

ISE: Integrated Skills Examinations in English
ISE II
ISE II Ca’ Foscari

C1

ISE: Integrated Skills Examinations in English
ISE III
ISE III Ca’ Foscari

C2

ISE: Integrated Skills Examinations in English IV
ISE IV

Other Certifications recognized

University Language Centre (C.L.A.) Ca' Foscari University of Venice

B1

Level B1.2 "Linguistic Certificate"; "Certificate of Attendance and Advancement"

B2

Level B2.2 "Linguistic Certificate"; "Certificate of Attendance and Advancement"

C1

Level C1.2 "Linguistic Certificate"; "Certificate of Attendance and Advancement"

C2

Level C2.2 "Linguistic Certificate"; "Certificate of Attendance and Advancement"

Tandem Project of the University of Verona

B1

English Language B1 4 CFU

Structure of the CLA B2 test

The computerized English B2 test is divided into four parts for a total duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes. The duration of each test is signalled by a countdown timer.

  •  The Listening Test lasts 25 minutes and consists of 3 audio files accompanied by multiple choice questions and true/false questions, each audio can be listened to twice
  • The Grammar Test lasts 20 minutes and consists of 40 sentences to be completed by choosing from three possible answers given
  • The Vocabulary Test lasts 15 minutes and includes 20 sentences to be completed on specific topics by choosing the correct option from among three possible answers given
  • The Reading Test lasts 30 minutes and consists of three exercises each related to a different text:

    • the first is an extract from a novel accompanied by 5 multiple choice questions
    • the second is a newspaper article accompanied by 5 multiple choice questions
    • the third is a general knowledge text followed by 10 true-or-false statements

  • Language proficiency is assessed in an oral test, which consists of a 30-minute discussion among students divided into groups of 4 and moderated by a native speaker language assistant (CEL).
    The following skills are assessed in the oral examination:

    • Grammar
    • Vocabulary
    • Pronunciation
    • Interactive Communication

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The final score is obtained by weighting the four results: the four sections are balanced so that each test is given a score out of 25 basis, thus giving a total of 100 points overall.

The computerized test and oral test make up a single exam, admission to the interview is subject to passing the PC test and it will take place in the days following the test.

The pass score is 60/100 in the PC test and 12/20 in the oral test.


Simulation

This section allows you to view a model of the B2 English test. 
This simulation allows students to familiarize themselves with the test structure and the type of questions, but does not constitute exhaustive material for preparing for the test.

You are reminded that students can take the simulation test online without losing the right to sit the test at the CLA in the scheduled sessions.
The simulation uses the same methods as the actual test: the pass score is 60%. Incorrect answers or answers left blank are not penalized, so they are worth zero in the total calculation.

You can access the simulation by going to the ClaDidattica website [ITA] and entering your Ca’ Foscari matriculation number and password.


Preparation courses

All students enrolled at Ca’ Foscari are offered optional and free courses to prepare for the B2 test.

The CLA also offers optional supplementary paid courses [ITA], with a 75% discount on the full rate for students enrolled at Ca’ Foscari. The 60-hour courses, held either via blended learning or in person, are intended to help students prepare for the tests and/or to enable them to reach the required B2 Level English proficiency independently.
In the latter case, the CLA will certify achievement of the Level B2 through a Certificate of Attendance and Proficiency.

Last update: 15/07/2020