Looking Italian tuitions in London for CILS B1 preparation?

If you are looking for Italian tuitions in London to prepare your CILS exam, you may know that there are two different exams at B1 level.

Depending on your goal, you will choose between a B1 standard exam and a B1 cittadinanza.

The latter has been recently introduced for all those who need a language certification in order to apply for the Italian citizenship.

Therefore it is valid only for that purpose.

It means that it is not valid to apply for university or careers in Italy.

The two exams attest the same level of competence in Italian as they refer to the B1 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for languages).

However, they are structured quite differently.

What are the main differences?

First of all, the number of tasks.

In fact, the B1 cittadinanza is a simplified version of the standard exam.

Therefore, the duration is also quite different.

Let’s see more! 

B1 standard B1 Cittadinanza

Listening – around 30 minutes

3 tasks

Listening – around 30 minutes

2 tasks

Reading – 50 minutes

3 tasks

Reading and use of Italian – 40 minutes

2 tasks

Grammar – 1 hour

4 tasks

Writing – 1 hour and 10 minutes

2 tasks

Writing – 40 minutes

1 task

Speaking – around 10 minutes

2 tasks

Speaking – around 6 minutes

1 task


The B1 standard must be completed in 3 hours and 40 minutes, whilst the B1 Cittadinanza in 2 hours.

As you can see in the table, the B1 Cittadinanza doesn’t have a Grammar section.

Nevertheless, the Reading and Use of Italian section tests the grammar competence with the second task, which is similar to the third task of the Grammar section in the B1 standard.

What if you fail a section?

This is another relevant difference between the two exams.

If you take the standard B1 exam and fail a section you can repeat only that part within 18 months since the first time you took the exam.

On the other hand, if you take the B1 Cittadinanza and fail a section you have to take the whole exam again.

So choose the exam that suits you best and get ready!


If you need to study towards the exam and you are not a Total Beginner, you should check your level with us and join the most appropriate course.