Do you want to take a CILS exam?

The CILS is an international certification released by the University for Foreigners of Siena which attests the Italian level of competence according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), from A1 to C2.

The exam’s structure is the same for all the six levels, with some differences in the number of activities to be done within each section.

This affects the time given for each section at different levels: for example, the A1 listening comprehension takes around 20 minutes, whereas at a B2 level it takes around 30 minutes.

Moreover, for some levels candidates can choose between different profiles, depending on their age or specific needs. For example, at a A1 level there are four different profiles: children, adolescents, adults and immigrants who live in Italy.

In any standard CILS exam, the five sections are:

  • Listening Comprehension: a different number of activities (two or three) depending on the level and on the profile. The type of  task is the multiple choice or the information recognition.
  • Reading Comprehension: two or three activities depending on the level. Multiple choice, information recognition and text rebuilding are the specific tasks.
  • Syntax and Grammar: three or four activities as gap filling, cloze, multiple choice, transformation of a short text.
  • Writing: two tasks, the first one can be a description, a report, a review or an essay. The second an information request, an informal letter or a formal letter. The genre depends on the exam’s level.
  • Speaking: two activities, the first one is a conversation with the examiner, the second is a monologue. The topic is chosen by the candidate, who has four options for each task. Both speaking parts are recorded.

The whole exam is marked by a team of evaluators at the University for Foreigners of Siena and it takes around 3 months to receive the results.

If you are interested in the CILS B1 Cittadinanza, consider that it is slightly different from the standard exams: follow this link to read more.

Now, are you ready to start your preparation?