Madrelingua Italian Language School is an official center for CILS exams. The Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera (CILS) exams are one of the two types of Italian language exam available in Italy and internationally:
- CILS exams are organised by the University of Siena for Foreigners and are recognised by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- CILS exams are offered at six different levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2), each consisting of tests of listening, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar/vocabulary.
- If you pass each section of the exam you’ll be awarded the certificate. If you fail any section, you can retake it in the future, paying only for that section.
Why you should include a CILS exam in your study plan
Studying for an exam will give you a clear goal, ensure that you organise your studies effectively, and motivate you by demonstrating the progress that you have made with your Italian.
The qualification will be a valuable addition to your resume/CV and can help you demonstrate to a potential employer your level of proficiency in Italian.
For Italian teachers they are an essential proof of your knowledge of the language that you teach.
And for students who wish to study at Italian universities, CILS certificates are acceptable to show that your Italian language skills meet the minimum requirements.
When you can take a CILS exam
You can do the Italian language exam, or retake a section that you have failed, at our school here in Bologna on these dates:
- (last date for enrollment, approximately 7 weeks before)
- 6th June 2013
- 5th December 2013
Save time – Enroll online!
Visit our shop to enroll for your CILS exam.
Would a course help you prepare for your exam?
If you’re planning to be in Bologna for the exam anyway, why not increase your chances by signing up for a course in the weeks before?
Our teachers are experts, and our study centre contains exam practice material for the CILS exams to aid you in your preparation. There’s also our “afternoon tutor”, who is available FREE each day from 14.00 to 16.00.
Do an Italian course, get an A1 or A2 exam FREE!
Sign up for any group Italian course at the same time as registering for a CILS exam and we will discount your course by the cost of the A1/A2 exams (€40).
In effect, you pay for your course, and get an A1 or A2 exam for FREE (or equivalent discount on a higher level exam..)
(N.B. this offer does not apply to individual Italian lessons, only group courses.)
What happens next?
When we receive your payment for the exam, our registrar, Stefania will contact you via e-mail to help you complete the exam enrollment form.
For clients who are also doing a course, Stefania is your contact for organising course dates, accommodation, and anything else you might need.