Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language



Learn Italy New York is proud to be an authorized center to release the prestigious CILS Exam!


Learn Italy New York, as authorized by the University for Foreigners of Siena, is proud to offer the prestigious CILS certification. CILS is a degree which certifies the level of linguistic and communicative competence in Italian as a second language (L2). (The CILS is recognized as an official title of linguistic competence according to Law 17 February 1992, no 204 and in paragraph 3 of art. 10 of the Statute of the University). CILS is composed of six levels of competency. Each level identified is determined through an examination of increasing difficulty. The certification of each level states and approves of a degree of skill, appropriate to social, professional, and scholastic achievement.

For the workplace

For the Workplace


The CILS certification, no matter the level, is essential for inclusion in the Italian workplace, for entry to Italian Universities, or wherever a formally certified level of linguistic competence is required.

This certification is recognized in all commercial, industrial and financial areas in Italy. It is valid throughout the word and does not expire.

For Students


The CILS certification is an important requirement for those interested in studying at an Italian University. In each certification level, all the language skills, i.e. reading, writing, oral and grammar, are evaluated through tested tasks that measure the students’ linguistic ability and the language skills necessary and appropriate to specific social, professional, and academic contexts.



The different levels of certifications cover all of the levels of competencies of communicative skills, based on the system recognized by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The different levels are labeled as follows:


Basic ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way.

The ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and begin to express oneself in familiar contexts.

The ability to express oneself in a limited way in familiar situations and to deal in a general way with non-routine information.

The capacity to achieve most goals and express oneself on a range of topics.

The ability to communicate with the emphasis on how well it is done, in terms of suitability, sensitivity and the capacity to deal with unfamiliar topics.

The capacity to deal with material which is academic or cognitively demanding, and to use language to good effect at a level of performance which may in certain respects be more advanced than that of an average native speaker.

For further information about the CILS examination, or how to prepare and register for any levels of the exams, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We offer thorough exam preparation, through a combination of language courses and extracurricular activities. We also provide a private study option for those interested in a specific, and rigorous program of study. We welcome you to inquire at for more details.



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