OFA B1 prospective students

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All students enrolling in a Bachelor's degree programme at Ca’ Foscari are required to have certified English proficiency at level B1 or above. If you do not have supporting certification or if you fail to pass the CLA language test, you will be required to meet Additional Language Requirements in English (OFA): this requirement must met by 30 September of the year after enrolment; after this date, you will no longer be allowed to take any further exams until you have done so.
Students enrolling in subsequent years of a Bachelor's degree programme – inter-university transfer, intra- or inter-faculty transfer, or enrolment with credit recognition – must meet Additional Learning Requirements at the time of their enrolment: they will not be allowed to take any exams until they have met these requirements nor may they participate in the eligibility tests organized for freshers.

Furthermore, for the Bachelor's degree programme in Language, Civilisation and the Science of Language, to insert English or Anglo-American language into the study plan, understanding of English language at level B2, at least, is expected.

The CLA offers the B1 English test to students not yet registered but who intend to enrol at Ca' Foscari University. This category also includes students enrolled on single courses who have not yet registered on a degree programme. Passing the test allows prospective students to state their possession of the language requirement at the time of enrolment. Please note that failure to pass the test does not preclude enrolment at the University.

How to register for the test

Users who do not yet have their student number and password must register on the University website ( by entering their personal data. With the university student number and password, or SPID credentials (link), from within the Reserved area, follow Assessment Test > Registration Assessment Test > B1 English language test Prospective students - NON-registered users.

Registration for the test requires payment of a €30.00 fee. In the event of withdrawal from the test or inability to take it, this fee will not be refunded.

Where to take the test

The test will take place in Self-Access (first floor, staircase A) San Sebastiano.

On the day of the test, you will need to present a valid identity document and the username and password assigned during registration. Students are also requested to bring their own headphones/earphones to take the computer test. Any further instructions on how to access the venue will be sent to candidates, after registration has closed, at e-mail address.

Failure to attend will result in exclusion from the test.

Once you have registered, it is not possible to change the time of the test.

It will be possible to register from 10a.m. on the first day in which the lists are open, until 12a.m. on the last day indicated, as long as places are still available. It will not be possible in anyway to accept registrations for the OFA B1 test after the closing of the lists, nor will it be possible to request a change of time.


July 2024 - Test registration from 13/06/2024 to 27/06/2024

Test dates Times Available places Classroom
Monday 08/07/2024 9 a.m. 20 Palazzina Briati - Aula Multimediale

August 2024 - Test registration from 16/07/2024 to 30/07/2024

Test dates Times Available places Classroom
Monday 05/08/2024 9 a.m. 20 Palazzina Briati - Aula Multimediale


Results of the B1 English language test from the last and previous sessions.

Exemptions and certifications

Check exemptions and all certifications recognised by the University.

Structure of OFA B1 English language test

The B1 English computer test is 1 hour 30 minutes and is divided into four parts. Each part has a countdown timer.

  • Listening Test: 30 minutes - one monologue and two dialogues, with multiple choice and true/false questions. Each passage can be listened to twice.
  • Grammar Test: 25 minutes - three sections with:

    • 40 individual sentences to complete
    • 5 sentences in a short text to complete
    • 1 text made up of 5 sentences to complete.

    For each question the correct answer must be chosen from three alternatives in a dropdown menu.

  • Vocabulary Test: 15 minutes - 20 sentences on specific themes to complete by choosing the correct answer from three alternatives. 
  • Reading Test: 20 minutes - two tasks based on two different texts:

    • a newspaper article with 5 multiple choice questions, choosing the correct answer from three alternatives  (a, b, c)
    • a cultural based text with 10 sentences, deciding whether these are true or false

The final score is attained through a weighting of the four results so that each part of the test is evaluated out of 25, total 100 points.

The passmark of the exam is 60/100.

This section shows a model OFA B1 English test. 

The simulation familiarises the student with the test structure and types of questions but it should not be considered preparation for the test itself. 

Please note that the simulation can be done online without losing the right to take the OFA B1 test at the CLA in the sessions scheduled. 

The simulation is conducted in the same way as the test itself: the passmark is 60%; incorrect answers or unanswered questions are not penalised but given zero points. 

Access the simulation using your Ca’ Foscari username and password.

All Ca’ Foscari students can do optional free online courses to prepare for the OFA B1 test.

Last update: 19/06/2024