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.
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.
Use of the Italian language
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.
- Complete the application form that can be downloaded here
- Supply a photocopy of one form of identification (such as passport, ID card, driving licence, etc)
- 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
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).
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.
|A1||40,00 €||12,00 €|
|A2||40,00 €||12,00 €|
|B1||90,00 €||20,00 €|
|B2||105,00 €||23,00 €|
|C1||135,00 €||30,00 €|
|C2||160,00 €||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.
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.
Candidates who have lost their certificate may apply for a replacement certificate. The cost is 46,00 € (30,00 + tax stamp)
To apply for a duplicate copy please send in the following by email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- completed form (download)
- copy of a valid ID document
- payment receipt (pay by bank transfer):
- 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: please indicate “Duplicato CILS di [NAME] [SURNAME] - livello [LEVEL] del [DATE]” Example: “Duplicato CILS - John Doe - livello CILS B2 del 5/12/19”