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Italian language test

Italian language test

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Until further notice, Italian language tests will be computer-based and scheduled in remote

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

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-hour course if you are enrolled in master degree course

Attendance is compulsory but you are allowed a maximum of 50% 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 is online and lasts 30 minutes. You have to complete 9 parts for a total number of 34 questions. To reach B2 level you need to obtain a score of at least 27/34.

Click here to see a sample of the test

From part 1 to part 8 you need to fill the gap choosing from 4 possible options (here in the sample we put the infinitive of the verb that you need to conjugate in the right way).
In part 9 you need to choose the correct word to complete text, choosing from 4 possible options (here in the sample we have indicated in brackets the 4 possible options).

If you are pre-enrolled in a master degree course of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures you are asked to reach C1 level. You have therefore to complete B2 test first (lasting 30 minutes) and then C1 test (lasting 10 minutes), which includes part 10 and 11 of the sample test.
To reach C1 level you need to score at least 7/9.

You can study for the Italian language test by following the SLICIS’s instructions provided in the Syllabus

Test calendar

  • Friday 16th October 2020:
    this session is only for students who enrolled or pre-enrolled for the first time in a.y. 2020/21 and who have obtained their high school diploma aborad
  • Friday 2nd October 2020: this session is only for students enrolled in previous academic years who still have the Italian language exam pending (OFA).
  • Friday 6th November 2020:
    this session is only for students enrolled for the first time in a.y. 2020/21 who have obtained their high school diploma abroad

Test Results