Has the CILS B1 Citizenship exam changed during the pandemic?

Due to the Covid-19 emergency, the exam has been reviewed in order to simplify it and keep candidates and examiners safe.

These changes have been applied to the July, September, October 2020, January, February, April, June, July, October and December 2021 sessions.

What does it mean?

Candidates do not face the Listening, Reading and Use of Italian and Writing sections but only the Speaking Section, which has been slightly modified in order to evaluate candidates.

The exam lasts 13-15 minutes in total.

It takes places in a room where is allowed only one candidate at a time and one examiner.

So candidates avoid contacts with groups of people.

Let’s see how the Speaking section has been modified!

As in the normal B1 Citizenship exam, the Speaking section includes a presentation and a task called Prova n.1.

Both the presentation and the task are recorded.

The presentation is guided through some simple questions asked by the examiner.

These questions can be about family, relationships, daily life, hobbies and interests, free time, places.

The presentation part lasts for 7-8 minutes.

The Prova n.1 is a face-to-face conversation with the examiner about one of the topics given.

The aim of the task is interacting with the examiner about the topic, showing the ability to discuss, give explanations, express opinions.

The conversation lasts 6-7 minutes.

In Prova n.1 you can find a wide range of topics, from the most general, for example your city, your way to do shopping or some cultural Italian aspects, to the most specific, such as NHS , driving licence or tax return comparing Italy and your country. You will be given 4 options and choose only one of them.

If you want to read more about how to take an Italian B1 certification for citizenship have a look at this page.