What is it? 

The Italian CILS Certification is a qualification issued by the Università per Stranieri di Siena which demonstrates candidates’ level of linguistic and communicative competencies in Italian as a foreign language. IH London is an authorised exam centre.  



How many levels of exams are there?  

The CILS exams cover a range of levels that correspond to increasing degrees of competence and to different social contexts of language use.  There are six levels which follow the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: level A1; level A2; level B1; level B2; level C1; and level C2. 

There is also a B1 Citizenship Exam which is a requirement to certify your level of Italian in order to apply for Italian Citizenship, as well as a B1 exam especially for adolescents. 



15th February 2024: A2 & B1 Cittadinanza (Registration deadline: 15th January)

11th April 2024: A2, B1 Cittadinanza, B1 Adolescents, B2 (Registration deadline: 11th March)

5th June 2024: All levels (Registration deadline: 26th April)

18th July 2024: B1 Cittadinanza (Registration deadline: 18th June)

17th October 2024: A2 & B1 Cittadinanza (Registration deadline: 17th September)

5th December 2024: All levels (Registration deadline: 26th October)


Exam Prices

C2 – £210   
C1 – £185
B2 – £165
B1 Cittadinanza – £155
B1 – £155
B1 Adolescents – £140
A2 – £115
A1 – £115



The exam will take place at IH London on the date selected. 

On the day of the exam, you need to come to IH London at 8:30am bringing your passport with you.  



Results will be published on the Università per Stranieri di Siena website within 2 to 4 months, depending on the level and the number of candidates. Students can access their results through their CILS enrollment number (matricola number). The official document that shows you passed the exam is called ‘Riepilogo delle prove di esame’  and you can collect it from IH London. This document doesn’t have an expiration date.  


Exam Application

Before applying, verify that you are within the deadline.

Complete the Italian CILS Certification form below and upload picture of your passport (pdf or jpg, max 2mb). Then proceed to payment via the button.

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.


Pay for your exam



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