(Italian Language Exam Preparation)


The AP Italian Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Italian Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Italian. The AP Italian Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions). PREREQUISITE There are no prerequisites; however, students are typically in their fourth year of high-school-level study. In the case of native or heritage speakers, there may be a different course of study leading to this course.

Section I
Multiple Choice — 70 Questions | 1 Hour, 20 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score
  • Part A — 30 to 34 Questions; ~25 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Audio Texts
  • Part B — 36 to 40 Questions; ~55 minutes
    • Interpretive Communication: Print Texts
Section II
Free Response — 4 Tasks | ~ 1 Hour, 28 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score
  • Part A — Written Tasks; ~70 minutes
    • Interpersonal Writing: Email reply (1 prompt; 15 minutes)
    • Presentational Writing: Persuasive essay (1 prompt; ~ 55 minutes total: 15 minutes to review materials plus 40 minutes to write)
  • Part B — Spoken Responses; ~ 18 minutes
    • Interpersonal Speaking: Conversation (5 prompts; 20 seconds for each response)
    • Presentational Speaking: Cultural comparison (1 prompt; 4 minutes to prepare, 2 minutes to respond)

Decription: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-italian-course-and-exam-description.pdf

CELI (Certificate of knowledge of the Italian Language)


CELI certificate, issued by Perugia University for Foreigners, within the ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe), is the Italian language passport that is recognized all over the world! Candidates who are interested in taking the exam can register and take their test at a recognized center. CELI exam is given in 2 sessions a year (June and November). The University of Foreigners Perugia officially publishes the dates for the examinations every year. The CELI is also valid for admission of foreigners to Italian Universities (CELI 3 level required).

Exam fee $300 enrollment (non- refundable) The Examination is assessed directly by the University of Perugia. The University will inform if the examination has been passed or failed. If a section of the examination has been failed, you are given the opportunity to rewrite that section (fee). Registrations need to be received two months prior the exam date. It is suggest to take a test to establish your level before officially sign up.

Dates 2017/18:
November 20
March 3 (no celi 4)
June 18
November 19

Celi Adolescenti (13-17y)
The Celi adolescenti is an exam geared towards children aged from 13-17. The exam will verify and officially certify (through the University of Foreigners Perugia and ALTE: Association of Language Testers in Europe) the student communicative skills in Italian.
The Celi adolescenti takes place once a year (May 26) and it is divided into the three levels listed below:

  • Celi 1a (Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference)
  • Celi 2a (Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference)
  • Celi 3a (Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference)