CELI (Certificate of knowledge of the Italian Language)
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 retake that section within a year ($245). Registrations need to be received two months prior to the exam date. It is suggested to take a test to establish your level before officially sign up.
SESSIONS 2020/2021: November 23, March 8, June 22, November 22
LOCATION: 49 West 28th Street Floor 3
CELI 2 Cittadinanza $215 ($175 Exam + $50 Center Fee
CELI $275 (for all other levels)
Applicants can access the result of their exam on the website of the Università per Stranieri di Perugia (https://www.cvcl.it/home-cvcl), by keying in their “numero di matricola” and their date of birth in the area studenti section.
* CELI ADOLESCENTI (13-17 years old) available
The Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera or CILS) is a qualification offered by the Foreigners University of Siena for foreign speakers of the Italian language, recognizing various levels of language proficiency.
The exam is divided into four sections (oral, written, morphosyntactic and lexical competence, comprehension of written texts, comprehension of oral texts) and consists of closed questions (multiple choice questions), semi-structured and (re-elaboration of texts starting from data elements) and open ones (free development of a topic).
Each part of the examination is evaluated independently, so to pass the exam you must have obtained the necessary grade in each section. If this is not the case, then it is possible to retake the necessary sections.
SESSIONS 2019/2020: Dec 3,
LOCATION: 49 West 28th Street Floor 3
EXAM FEE CILS A1-A2 $110
CILS B1 $170
CILS B2 $185
CILS C1 $225
Applicants can access the result of their exam on the website of the Università di Siena (https://online.unistrasi.it/riscils.asp), by keying in their “numero di matricola” and their date of birth.
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). 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.
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
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)
Description: European Levels – Self Assessment Grid