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CILS Exam

The CILS (Certificate of Knowledge of Italian as Foreign Language) exam is a qualification issued by the L'Università per Stranieri di Siena (University for Foreigners in Siena) which declares the level of linguistic and communicative competences in Italian as a foreign language. The exams are designed to assess how learners use Italian to communicate in real-life situations. Unlike other certificates like TOEFL, the CILS certificate does not expire. The CILS exam is held twice per year, in June and December. So how do you know if you are ready? Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to decide.

  • Are you confident in your current Italian vocabulary level?
  • Do you understand all of the Italian grammar rules?
  • Is your spoken Italian at a high enough level?
  • Do you understand the structure of the CILS exam?
  • Are you comfortable using the expert tricks on the CILS exam?
  • Can you confidently write an Italian essay?

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CILS Exam

The CILS (Certificate of Knowledge of Italian as Foreign Language) certificate is the official accreditation of the degree of fluency of the Italian Language. The duration of the exam (consisting of listening comprehension, reading comprehension, grammar and use of structure tests, compositions, oral interview) is approximately 6 hours. The CILS certification is the most recognized Italian certification in the world. There are six different proficiency levels and you can take more than one diploma (e.g. after an A2 certificate you can take the exam again to get a superior level certificate):

CILS LEVELS

LEVEL

A1/A2

Beginner

B1/B2

Intermediate

C1

Advanced

C2

Superior

To obtain a CILS certificate it is necessary to pass the relevant examination. This consists of a listening and reading test, an analysis of the structures of communication, and writing and speaking tests. All examination papers are produced and evaluated at the Certification Center of the Università per stranieri di Siena according to the guidelines laid down by the EU.

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The CILS Level A1 certificate accredits that the candidate can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. The exam to obtain the CILS Level A1 certificate is composed of the following parts:

CILS

Level A1

SECTION 1

LISTENING TEST

SECTION 2

READING COMPREHENSION

SECTION 3

USE OF ITALIAN LANGUAGE

SECTION 4

WRITING TEST

SECTION 5

SPEAKING TEST

Do you have any questions about the CILS Level A1 exam? You can speak to one of our CILS tutors for free to ask any question you may have. They will speak with you and evaluate how prepared you are.

The CILS Level A2 certificate accredits that the candidate can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. The exam to obtain the CILS Level A2 certificate is composed of the following parts:

CILS

Level A2

SECTION 1

LISTENING TEST

SECTION 2

READING COMPREHENSION

SECTION 3

USE OF ITALIAN LANGUAGE

SECTION 4

WRITING TEST

SECTION 5

SPEAKING TEST

Do you have any questions about the CILS Level A2 exam? You can speak to one of our CILS tutors for free to ask any question you may have. They will speak with you and evaluate how prepared you are.

The CILS Level B1 certificate shows that the candidates understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. The exam to obtain the CILS Level B1 certificate is composed of the following parts:

CILS

Level B1

SECTION 1

LISTENING TEST

SECTION 2

READING COMPREHENSION

SECTION 3

USE OF ITALIAN LANGUAGE

SECTION 4

WRITING TEST

SECTION 5

SPEAKING TEST

Do you have any questions about the CILS Level B1 exam? You can speak to one of our CILS tutors for free to ask any question you may have. They will speak with you and evaluate how prepared you are.

The CILS Level B2 certificate shows that the candidates understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. The exam to obtain the CILS Level B2 certificate is composed of the following parts:

CILS

Level B2

SECTION 1

LISTENING TEST

SECTION 2

READING COMPREHENSION

SECTION 3

USE OF ITALIAN LANGUAGE

SECTION 4

WRITING TEST

SECTION 5

SPEAKING TEST

Do you have any questions about the CILS Level B2 exam? You can speak to one of our CILS tutors for free to ask any question you may have. They will speak with you and evaluate how prepared you are.

The CILS Level C1 certificate proves that the student can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. The exam to obtain the CILS Level C1 certificate is composed of the following parts:

CILS

Level C1

SECTION 1

LISTENING TEST

SECTION 2

READING COMPREHENSION

SECTION 3

USE OF ITALIAN LANGUAGE

SECTION 4

WRITING TEST

SECTION 5

SPEAKING TEST

Do you have any questions about the CILS Level C1 exam? You can speak to one of our CILS tutors for free to ask any question you may have. They will speak with you and evaluate how prepared you are.

The CILS C2 exam certifies the student can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations. The exam to obtain the CILS Level C2 certificate is composed of the following parts:

CILS

Level C2

SECTION 1

LISTENING TEST

SECTION 2

READING COMPREHENSION

SECTION 3

USE OF ITALIAN LANGUAGE

SECTION 4

WRITING TEST

SECTION 5

SPEAKING TEST

Do you have any questions about the CILS Level C2 exam? You can speak to one of our CILS tutors for free to ask any question you may have. They will speak with you and evaluate how prepared you are.


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