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Certifications

Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language 

The Certificates of Italian are titles attesting the degree of communication skills in Italian as a Foreign Language. Potential recipients include foreign citizens, Italian citizens residing abroad (of Italian origin), and foreign immigrants in Italy. 

No previous degree is required to take the exams.

For the administration of the exams through the Italian Culture Insitutes, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has signed agreements with the following institutions:

Università per Stranieri di Perugia (CELI – CIC)

Università per Stranieri di Siena (CILS)

Università degli Studi Roma Tre (IT - ele.IT)

Società Dante Alighieri (PLIDA)

The certification are consistent with the parametrs set by the European Union's Framework of Reference for Languages.

  Università per Stranieri di Perugia Università per Stranieri di
Siena
Università degli Studi di Roma Tre Dante Alighieri
LEVEL C2
Padronanza
CELI 5
CILS Quattro-C2 IT PLIDA C2
LEVEL C1
Efficacia
CELI4

CILS Tre-C1 ------ PLIDA C1          
LEVEL B2
Progresso
CELI3 CILS Due B2 ------ PLIDA B2
LEVEL B1
Soglia
CELI2 CILS Uno B1 ele.IT PLIDA B1
LEVEL A2
Sopravvivenza
CELI1 CILS A2 ------ PLIDA A2
LEVEL A1
Contatto
CELI1 CILS A1 ------ PLIDA A1



How to take the exams abroad 
Certification exams can be taken abroad. They are administered by the Italian cultural Institutes or other authorized institutions. In New York, the Italian Cultural Institute offers CILS exams (on behalf of the Università per Stranieri di Siena) twice a year - the first week of June and the first week of December of each year. A registration fee is required in order to take the exam. 

Registration with the Italian Cultural Institute
The next date for the 2014 CILS exam is: December 4, 2014. Applicants must send a filled-out Application Form, photocopy of an ID (passport or driver's license), and a check or a money order for the registration fee corresponding to the level of the exam one wishes to take. Please be aware that personal data (e.g. family name, etc.) on the application form must be complete and match the I.D.. 
Applications duly filled in with all required data, dated, signed and enclosing a copy of the applicant's passport or driver's license must reach the Institute no later than October 10, 2014. Checks or money orders should be made payable to: Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Administration Office, 686 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10065.

Students who have already taken the exam and passed only some of the proficency tests, may repeat the incomplete test(s) within one year from the date of the first exam.

IMPORTANT:
PLEASED BE ADVISED THAT THE EXAMS WILL ONLY TAKE PLACE IF THE NUMBER OF CANDIDATES IS MORE THAN 8.


Registration fees:

Level Fee Fee for each proficiency **
A1 € 40 = $ 52,56 € 12 = $ 15,77
A2 € 40 = $ 52,56 € 12 = $ 15,77
UNO B1 € 90 = $ 118,27 € 20 = $ 26,28
DUE B2 € 105 = $ 137,99 € 23 = $ 30,22
TRE C1 € 135 = $ 177,41 € 30 = $ 39,42
QUATTRO C2 € 160 = $ 210,27 € 35 = $ 45,99


 
** Applicable to test(s) not passed in a previous exam.

Fees are in Euro. For registration to exams administered by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, applicants should refer to the Consular exchange rate of € 1 = US$1,314218 .
Registration fees are NOT refunded, unless the session is cancelled due to the lack of sufficient number of applications. In case of serious and properly proven reason (health, family, work, study, etc.) students who were unable to take the exam may transfer the paid fee to the next session of exams.

Results 
Applicants can access the result of their exam on the website of the Università di Siena (see above), by keying in their "numero di matricola" and their birthdate. It is also possible to access the result by sending a written request to the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.

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