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Certificate of Knowledge of Italian Language in Italy

The Certificate of Knowledge of Italian Language (Certificato di Conoscenza della Lingua Italiana, CELI), introduced in 1987, is an internationally recognised qualification intended for the foreigners to demonstrate their Italian language competency. It was introduced with the aim to offer high quality in Italian Language Examinations. It is provided by the University for Foreigners of Perugia (Universita per Stranieri di Perugia) and accepted as an official qualification especially by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The University for Foreigners of Perugia is responsible for its foundation, administration, assessment and awarding. It is one of the qualifications used by international students to obtain access into any Italian higher education institution. It is an alternative exam which consists of five language proficiency tests designed to evaluate Italian proficiency in non-native speakers.
  • CELI Impatto (level A1): This involves understanding and using of everday basic expressions and phrases.
  • CELI 1 (level A2) – PreIntermediate: This involves understanding of the sentences and frequently used expressions related to matters of the immediate importance.
  • CELI 2 (level B1)- Intermediate: This involves understanding the main points related to the familiar matters that are encountered regularly at work, or school, leisure, etc. It determines whether you can deal with situations likely to arise whilst travelling in a region where the language is spoken, can describes experiences, and also whether you are capable to bring out simple connected text on subjects which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • CELI 3 (level B2)- Upper Intermediate: This level tests whether you can infer the key ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics. It determines your Italian speaking fluency level and also whether you can give a clear, comprehensive text on a wide range of topics and give an opinion on an immediate relevant event or issue.
  • CELI 4 (level C1)- Pre-advanced: This level determines whether you can understand and infer a hidden meaning of the text, and can communicate fluently and spontaneously.
  • CELI 5 (level C2)-Advanced: It determines whether you’re  profiecnt in the language, recapitulate the information from different verbal and written sources, reconstruct arguments and stories in a lucid presentation.

Qualification Levels

CELI exams consist of four parts: Listening Reading, Speaking and Writing. Each stage has varying difficulty level
  • CELI UNO: This is the first level of the exam that tests the basic Italian skills of the candidates. The final results are given in the form of “pass” or “fail”.
  • CELI DUE:  This is the second level of the exam. Each part is weighted with 25 percent of the total marks and grades A, B and C denotes pass while D and E denotes fail.
  • CELI TRE:  The third level exam parts have unequal percentages of the total result with speaking holding 30 percent, writing, listening and reading carrying 20 percent along with the structural competence part. Grades from A to E are also given.

Eligibility

The CELI qualification is open to all- Italian residents abroad and non-Italian speakers desiring to demonstrate their competence in Italian. Candidate of any age is eligible to apply.

 Registration and Fees

Fill in the application form that can be downloaded from the University website. Mail the application form along with a photocopy of identification proof (passport, ID card, driving license, and so on) to the concerned institution or certified centre.
The registration fee varies from centre to centre as well varies according to the level.  The application is completed only after the fee payment is received. And thereafter, the candidate can sit for the exam at any attested testing centre.

Dates and Deadlines

The examinations are held multiple times per year around the globe. The deadline for registration is laid down by the University for Foreigners of Perugia.

Scoring and Results

The University for Foreigners of Perugia evaluates the exam as per the European Union rules and regulations and awards the official qualification, three months after the exam.
CELI UNO results are given in pass or fail form. While CELI DUE and TRE get grades from A to E, wherein A, B, and C are referred to as “pass” grades and D and E are the “fail” grades.
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