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Italian language test

Italian language test


Due to technical issues regarding the online implementation of the test, the Italian language exam is postponed to 27th May 2020

Who needs to take the test

If you are a student holding a foreign qualification who wants to enroll at the University of Genoa you must take the Italian language test after pre-enrolment. The Italian language test takes place in September (additional sessions may be organized in October and November) and it aims at assessing your Italian language level.

To attend University courses the minimum level required is:

  • B1 for Chinese students who take part in the Marco Polo project
  • B2 for all the other students starting from a.y. 2020/21

If you fail the Italian language test, you have to join a free-of-charge Italian language course to help you reaching the required level. At the end of the course, you have to sit for the test again. If you pass it, you can carry on with your studies at the University of Genoa.

Italian language courses

Timetables and venues of the Italian language courses for a.y. 2019/20

If you fail the Italian language test, you have to attend one of the following courses according to your test result:

  • a 40, 80 or 120-hour course if you are enrolled in a bachelor degree course
  • 60 or 200-hour course if you are enrolled in master degree course

Attendance is compulsory but you are allowed a maximum of 20% absence on the total number of hours. The University of Genoa will provide you an Italian grammar textbook dealing with the topics covered in class and the related exercises. At the end of the course, you will have to sit again for the test to check if you reached B2.
If you fail the test at the end of the course, you can re-try it in the following sessions until the autumn session one year later to your enrollment. If you keep failing it, you can complete the exams of the first year but you cannot fill in your second year’s study plan until you pass the test.

Contact persons for the School of Language and Literature for International Students (SLICIS)

Contents and marks

The test includes:

  • exercises on syntax and grammar starting from level A1 until reaching B2 level
  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing a short test in Italian language on the topic proposed.

To pass the test you have to obtain at least:

  • 60 points out of 75 to reach B1 level (only Marco Polo students)
  • 70 points out of 90 to reach B2 level

You can study for the Italian language test by following the SLICIS’s instructions provided in the Syllabus or by referring to the previous tests:

Rules and Regulations to observe during the test

The test is computer-based. Before entering the room, you have to show your ID card or passport and a valid Italian residence permit (if applicable) or the receipt of residence permit application (as per Immigration Law n.286 dated 25thJuly 1998) to the staff of the University.
To access the test you have to log in with your UNIGE user name and password so do not forget to bring them with you on the day of the test.
During the test remember that:

  • You have to switch off your mobile phone and keep it inside your bag or provide it to UNIGE staff
  • You cannot use any textbook or note
  • You cannot speak with your classmates

If you do not comply with these rules, you will have to leave the class and your test will be invalidated.

Test calendar

27th May 2020: for all the students (with high school diploma obtained abroad) enrolled for the first time in a.y. 2019/20 in bachelor or master degree courses who did not take the test in the previous sessions and for all the students enrolled in previous years who still have this subject pending.

Test Results