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.

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    Forthcoming CILS exam sessions

    CILS exam session reserved for the levels A2 Integrazione and B1 Cittadinanza:


    Thursday, 7 April 2022*


    Enrollment: from 7 February to 7 March (2:00 PM)

    *Please note that depending on the number of candidates, the oral exam may take place on the following morning (8 April). Please ensure you are available for all the dates during the exam period.

    Ordinary session for all the CILS levels*:


    Tuesday, 31 May 2022**

    *A1 and A2 Integrazione, B1, B1 Cittadinanza, B2, C1 and C2:

    Enrollment: from 29 March to 19 April (2:00 PM)

    **Please note that depending on the number of candidates, the oral exam may take place on the following morning (1 June). Please ensure you are available for all the dates during the exam period.

    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, usually 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.

    To book a CILS exam, email us at cils@unipv.it. In the enrollment period, you'll be sent an automated response that includes the instructions to sit the exam.

    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

    LEVELFEE FOR CANDIDATES TAKING THE WHOLE EXAMFEE FOR CANDIDATES RETAKING PARTS OF THE EXAM
    A1 Integrazione40,00 €-
    A2 Integrazione40,00 €-
    UNO-B1 Cittadinanza100,00 €-
    UNO-B190,00 €22,00 €
    DUE-B2105,00 €23,00 €
    TRE-C1135,00 €30,00 €
    QUATTRO-C2160,00 €35,00 €

    Exam length

    Listening comprehensionReading comprehensionGrammarBreakWritten productionOral production
    A1 Integrazione30'30'-15'30'10'
    A2 Integrazione20'30'-15'40'10'
    UNO-B1 Cittadinanza30'40'-15'40'10'
    UNO-B130'50'60'15'1h:10'10'
    DUE-B230'50'60'15'1h:10'15'
    TRE-C140'1h:10'1h:15'15'1h:30'15'
    QUATTRO-C250'1h:20'1h:20'15'1h:30'15'

    F.A.Q.s

    Online Practice Papers are available from the Università per Stranieri di Siena. The Università per Stranieri di Siena has also released a guide (in Italian only) to the language skills tested for each paper.

    A rich collection of past papers is also available in the self-learning environment of the Language Centre; the books are free to borrow for one day, to make photocopies.

    If you want to know what to expect on Exam Day, please check this link.

    If a candidate is absent for medical reasons, a medical certificate stating the day of the exam you missed must be supplied.
    In the case of compassionate reasons, please send a certificate of the reason.
    Documents must be supplied within 15 days of the exam.

    Fees cannot be refunded, but they will be transferred to a later exam period, upon payment of an administration penalty fee (10,00 €).

    • Results for CILS exams are released within a period of 2-4 months, depending on the level and the number of candidates. Note that the despatch of certificates happens at a later time.

    • Results of the level B1 Cittadinanza will be released online four to five weeks after the date of the exam.

    An email with the scores will be sent to the seat and the results will be published on the following page. Candidates can log in using their ID Number and their date of birth.
    On the same page candidates will be able to download a Statement of Results (pdf file).

    Where a certificate is lost between the centre and the candidate, the Università per Stranieri di Siena will issue a duplicate copy

    The cost of the duplicate copy is 30,00 € + 16,00 € (duty stamp)

    Candidates must write an email to segrcils@unistrasi.it providing the following information:
    • the application form - (download here).
    • a copy of a valid ID document
    • bank transfer receipt
      • Bank details: Agenzia 13 del Monte dei Paschi di Siena - Piazza G. Amendola, 4 - Siena - Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy
      • IBAN: IT60T0103014217000000638892
      • BIC: PASCITM1J25
      • Reason for payment: “Duplicato CILS di [NOME] [COGNOME] - livello [LIVELLO] del [DATA]” Esempio: “Duplicato CILS - Mario Rossi - livello CILS B2 del 5/12/19”

    If you have passed your exam, your certificate will be sent to your examination centre approximately one month after your results are released.

    You will receive an email when the document is dispatched so that you can collect it in person or by an authorised person showing an authorization letter

    The certificate won't be sent If you fail one or more parts of the exam, but you will be able to download a Statement of results from the Results page

    If you fail one or more parts of the CILS B1, B2, C1, C2 exams, you will not have to repeat the entire examination: you can simply register for the parts you failed, paying a lower fee. Please check the Exam Fees table above.

    You have 18 months to repeat the missing part/s; if you wait for longer than a 18 months you will have to retake the whole exam, paying the whole fee.