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Italian language test

Italian language test

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International students who enrol at the University of Genoa for the first time must take the Italian language test at the School of Italian Language and Culture for International Students (SLICIS).

Who needs to take the test

International students who want to enrol at the University of Genoa must take the Italian language test after their pre-enrolment. The Italian language test takes place in September and in October and it aims to assess the Italian language level required to attend our courses.

International students who submit other certificates have to take the Italian language test as well.

Minimum required levels:

  • B1 for Chinese students who take part in the Marco Polo project
  • B2 for students who are enrolled in a degree course (3-year course)
  • C1 for students who are enrolled in a master’s degree course (2-year course).

If you fail the Italian language test, you have to retake it at a later date. The University of Genoa will provide Italian language courses to help you. These courses are free of charge and will start in October. Once you have attended the course, you can retake the Italian language test.

Italian language courses

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

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

  • a 40, 80 or 120-hour course if you are enrolled in a degree course or in a master’s degree course (5-year course)
  • 60 or 200-hour course if you are enrolled in master’s degree course.

The course attendance is compulsory and you are allowed a maximum of 20% absence. You will receive a textbook and all the necessary material. Once you have attended the course, you have to retake the Italian language test, proving that you have reached the required Italian language level. Since your enrolment, you have one year to retake the language test; however, you can take the first-year exams even if you have failed the Italian language test. You cannot fill in the course study programme of the second year until you pass the test.

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

Contents and marks

The Italian language test consists of 60 questions about the Italian grammar. The test is divided in 4 groups of 15 questions each, with increasing difficulty corresponding to the levels A1, A2, B1 and B2. Students who are enrolled in a master’s degree course must take a test of 75 questions. The test is divided in 5 groups, with the last one corresponding to the C1 level.

The first part of the test - up to B2 level - consists of:

  • 60 questions about the Italian grammar. The test is divided in 4 groups of 15 questions each, with increasing difficulty corresponding to the levels A1, A2, B1 and B2.

You get:

  • B1 level with a minimum mark of 38 out of 45
  • B2 level with a minimum mark of 48 out of 60.

The first part of test - up to C1 level - consists of:

  • 75 questions that are divided in 5 groups with increasing difficulty. The last group corresponds to the C1 level.

You get C1 level with a minimum mark of 63 out of 75.

The second part of the test includes a reading comprehension text. The text can be a romance or a story excerpt, an informative or a newspaper article. Students have to answer to at least 12 questions out of 15 to assess the vocabulary and the reading comprehension.  

The last part of the test consists of writing an Italian text following the given instructions. Students have to get a minimum mark of 10 out of 15 to pass this last part.

Students pass the Italian language test if they get the following final marks:

  • at least 60 out of 75 for B1
  • at least 70 out of 90 for B2
  • at least 85 out 105 for C1.

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

Test calendar

  • Monday 2nd September 2019: for all the students, who obtained their qualification abroad, willing to enroll for the first time in a.y. 2019/20 in bachelor, single-cycle master degree and master degree courses and for students enrolled in previous academic years who still have this subject pending
  • Monday 7th October 2019: for all the students, who obtained their qualification abroad, enrolling for the first time in a.y. 2019/20 in bachelor single-cycle master degree and master degree courses who did not sit for the test on 2nd September and for all the students enrolled in previous academic years who still have this subject pending.
  • Monday 11th November 2019: for all the students, who obtained their qualification abroad, enrolling for the first time in a.y. 2019/20 in bachelor, single cycle master degree and master degree courses who did not join the previous tests and for all the students enrolled in previous academic years who still have this subject pending.

Seats of the Italian language test scheduled on 11th November 2019

Test Results