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Language proficiency test


Language proficiency test

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1. What is it? What is it for?

The CILS (Certification of Italian As a Foreign Language) is an official document issued by the CILS Center of the University for Foreigners of Siena, certifying the degree of linguistic-communication skills in Italian as L2. It is recognized by the Italian Government, accepted internationally and does not have a deadline. Starting from level B1, it is one of the recognized exams for the acquisition of Italian citizenship by marriage.

2. How to prepare

On the site it is possible to view the complete structure of all CILS exam levels and to practice autonomously, carrying out online exam tests administered in previous years. Two useful vademecums are also available on the same web site: "Information for candidates" at the following link and "CILS Guidelines" at the following link

3. When is it considered passed?

The CILS exam is considered passed if the candidate reaches, both in the written and in the oral test, the minimum score established by the CILS Center of the University for Foreigners of Siena ( who have not passed the written test (composed of reading comprehension, written production, linguistic competence) and who have instead passed the oral exam or vice versa (written test passed and oral exam not passed), can capitalize the partial result obtained for 18 months, retaking the failed part of the test again and paying only the relative tax.

4. Dissemination of results

The results are disclosed by the University for Foreigners of Siena within 90 days of the exam.

Candidates can access it from the University website (, by consulting the reserved area.

The certificates will be issued by the University and sent to the Italian Cultural Institute of Addis Ababa, which will forward them to the candidates.

5. Exam dates 2023

Level Date

A2 Integrazione 
B1 Cittadinanza

20/07/2023 (deadline for registration 18 June 2023)

A2 standard
A2 Integrazione

B1 Cittadinanza

19/10/2023 (deadline for registration 17 September 2023) 


A1 Standard

A1 Bambini 

A1 Adolescenti 

A1 integrazione

A2 Standard

A2 Bambini

A2 Adolescenti

A2 Integrazione

B1 Standard

B1 Adolescenti

B1 Cittadinanza






(deadline for registration 21 October 2023) 


Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

6. Exam location

The CILS exam is administered by the Italian Cultural Institute exclusively at its headquarters (Belay Zelleke Street - Arada Sub-city, near Semien Hotel).

7. Registration procedure

In order to register for the exam, the candidate can go to the Italian Cultural Institute for the payment of the registration, and by presenting a valid identity document;

Alternatively, the candidate can send the following documents to the e-mail address

· Copy of an identity document;

· Completed and signed entry form (can be downloaded HERE);

· Receipt of payment of the registration fee by bank transfer.

The documents, which must be submitted in PDF or JPG format, cannot exceed a total of 2MB.

8. Registration fees


Full Exam 

Partial Retake of the Exam 
A1 and A2  €30 No capitalisation
UNO-B1  €45 €12
B1 Adolescenti   €40 €12
B1 Cittadinanza 


*150 € University for Foreigners of Siena

*50 € ICI necessities


No capitalisation
DUE-B2   €65 €20
TRE-C1   €75 €22
QUATTRO-C2   €85 €25

Registration fees are fixed in euros by the CILS center. At the opening of registrations for the single session, the Birr fee will be established based on the current exchange rate and indicated on this page.

Payment can be made at the Italian Cultural Institute at the time of registration, or by bank transfer, specifying the candidate's full name, which must be credited to the following current account:



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