The Language Centre is an accredited centre for the CILS examinations.
The CILS Exam (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera, Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language) is a proficiency examination to prove competence in the Italian language. The CILS certificates are official recognitions of the attained level of linguistic competence of Italian as a foreign language. As a certificate of proficiency, the exam can be taken at every level of competence, from beginners to advanced.

Italian version

    Forthcoming CILS exam session:


    December, the 6th 2018*
    Enrollment: from 17/9 to 26/10

    *Please note that depending on the number of candidates, the oral exam may take place on the following morning (Friday, 7th)

    Future session:

    • 30 May 2019


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    The CILS Exam (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera, Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language) is a proficiency examination to prove competence in the Italian language. The CILS certificates are official recognitions of the attained level of linguistic competence of Italian as a foreign language. As a certificate of proficiency, the exam can be taken at every level of competence, from Beginners to Advanced.

    The CILS is awarded by the University of Siena for Foreigners and is recognized by the Italian State as a certification of proficiency in Italian as a foreign language. Most Italian universities adopt the CILS Certificates as an entrance requirement for prospective students, Erasmus students, and year-abroad students.

    The CILS test is held twice a year, in June and December, at the centres accredited by the Università per Stranieri di Siena. The Centro Linguistico will organise adequate rooms and provide information about the timetable to the candidates one week prior to the scheduled exam date.

    The Università per Stranieri di Siena is responsible for the exam papers, has established the competences standards in accordance to the European Framework for languages, and sets the dates of examination.

    Divided into levels - beginner, elementary, intermediate, and advanced - for each level the CILS exams consist of five parts:

    • Listening test

    • Reading comprehension

    • Use of the Italian language

    • Written test

    • Speaking test


    Each CILS level denotes an ability to communicate which may be used in different contexts and situations.

    The Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera covers six levels: Level A1, Level A2, Level ONE-B1, Level TWO-B2, Level THREE-C1 and Level FOUR-C2. Each of these represents a progressively higher level of linguistic - grammar, syntax, vocabulary - and communicative ability. The levels correspond to the language proficiency levels described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    1. Complete the application form that can be downloaded here

    2. Supply a photocopy of one form of identification (such as passport, ID card, driving licence, etc)

    3. pay the exam fee by bank transfer addressed to the Centro Linguistico d’Ateneo, Università di Pavia, Corso Strada Nuova n. 65, 27100 Pavia, Italy:

      • Bank details: UBI Banca Popolare Commercio e Industria

      • IBAN: IT81H0311111300000000046665

      • SWIFT: BLOPIT22776

      • Reason for payment: please indicate “Iscrizione CILS di [NAME] [SURNAME] al livello [LEVEL] del [DATE]” Example: “Iscrizione di John Doe alla CILS B2 del 5/12/17”


      • Any bank charges due must be paid by applicants. Payments by swift from non E.U. countries must indicate at point 71A: OUR (i.e. all charges are to be deducted from the customer’s account).


    4. Bring the documents to the Centro Linguistico Laboratori (cortile Sforzesco, Corso Strada Nuova, 65 / Mon. to Fri. , from 9 to 5:30 PM) or send them by mail to cils@unipv.it


    All learners of Italian as a foreign language, Italian citizens residing abroad (descendants of Italian emigrants), foreign citizens, and foreign immigrants in Italy may request to take the CILS exam. There are no age limits. Applicants are not obliged to possess previous educational certificates or degrees.

    For Intermediate and above students it is not necessary to have passed lower levels of the CILS exams in order to attempt the attainment of higher levels. Candidate can prepare individually to sit the CILS exams.

    EXAM FEES

    LEVELFEECAPITALIZATION FEE**
    A140,00 €12,00 €
    A240,00 €12,00 €
    B190,00 €20,00 €
    B2105,00 €23,00 €
    C1135,00 €30,00 €
    C2160,00 €35,00 €

    **If the candidate reaches the minimum score only in some abilities the result can be capitalized: in the next exam the candidate can be tested only in the abilities he/she did not pass. The capitalized abilities are valid for 18 months (3 sessions) beginning from the first exam.

    F.A.Q.s

    In exceptional circumstances (such as serious illness or bereavement) it may be possible to withdraw from your examination. Appropriate evidence must be provided together with a written explanation of the circumstances (an email is acceptable). Taxes are not refundable but it is possible to request a deferral to the next examination session. Candidates will be asked an additional fee of 10,00 € however.
    If you want to know what to expect on exam day, please read this page.
    Results for CILS exams are released within a period of 2-4 months, depending on the level and the number of candidates.
    An email with the scores will be sent to the centre and the results will be published on the following page. You can log in using your ID Number and your date of birth.
    If a candidate believes that their exam result is not fair, they can write an email to the Head of the Centro CILS ( cils@unistrasi.it ) providing their name, surname, place and date of birth, matriculation number and making the reasons for the complaint clear.
    Certificates will be sent to the Exam Centre by the middle of October for June sessions, and by the middle of March for December sessions.
    For further information send an email to: cils@unipv.it