CILS – Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language

Italian version



The CILS (Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language) certifies language and communication ability in Italian as a second language. This certification is officially recognized by EALTA (European Language Testing Association), the European association which aims to promote awareness of language testing best practice in Europe.



The CILS session on 21 October 2021 for level B1 Citizenship will be oral only

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  • There are currently no preparatory courses scheduled


    Levels and structure




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  • What is the difference compared to the CELI and PLIDA certifications?

    When is the next session?

    If I sign up for one level, can I change it later?

    How do I choose the right level for me?

    What is the difference between the B1 Standard and the B1 Citizenship?

    Can I take the exam in a different place to the one I signed up for?

    How should I prepare for the exam?

    Can I change the time of the exam?

    Is it possible to cancel registration for the exam?

    What happens if I don’t turn up on the day of the exam?

    How long does the exam last?

    How many points do I need to pass the exam?

    When and how can I find out the exam results?

    What happens if I don’t pass the exam?

    How can I lodge a complaint about my exam result?

    How will I receive my certificate?

    What if my data on the certificate is wrong?

    What is the validity of the certificates obtained?

    What happens if I lose my paper certificate?