CILS B1 Citizenship Exam (The Structure)

CILS B1 Citizenship (Cils B1 Cittadinanza): The exam components and grammar topics 

The CILS Uno B1 for Citizenship is a test that all those who wish to apply for Italian citizenship through marriage or residence ought to pass. 

In this post, you will thoroughly learn about 

  • The exam components of the Cils Citizenship exam (B1, intermediate level).
  • The intermediate grammar topics that you should familiar with to pass the exam.

The components of the CILS Citizenship Exam 

Listening comprehension 

TaskListening Comprehension (prova 1)Listening Comprehension (prova 2)
Number of Audio FilesThree short audio filesThree short audio files
Duration30 minutes30 minutes
Audio ContentThree texts read by native speakersOne text for prova 1 and two short texts for prova 2
QuestionnaireMultiple-choice questionnaireMultiple-choice questionnaire
Playback FrequencyEach audio file is played twiceEach audio file is played twice
Example PromptAscolta i testi, poi leggi le informazioni. Scegli le informazioni presenti nei testi.
Cils B1 for Citizenship – listening task

Reading Comprehension and Grammar 

TaskReading Comprehension (prova 1)Syntax (prova 2)
Part 1 DescriptionRead one short text (350–450 words)Fill in the gaps in a text
Text PresentationPresented as an email, article, blog post, or list of items on general topics tailored to the intermediate levelProvided with a text
ExerciseChoose which pieces of information are presented in the text and which ones are notFill in the gaps with provided options (three options for each gap)
Duration40 minutes40 minutes
Cils B1 for Citizenship – reading + grammar tasks

Writing Production

TaskReading Comprehension (prova 1)Syntax (prova 2)
Part 1 DescriptionRead one short text (350–450 words)Fill in the gaps in a text
Text PresentationPresented as an email, article, blog post, or list of items on general topics tailored to the intermediate levelProvided with a text
ExerciseChoose which pieces of information are presented in the text and which ones are notFill in the gaps with provided options (three options for each gap)
Duration40 minutes40 minutes
Cils B1 for Citizenship – writing task

Speaking part 

TaskSpeaking Part (CILS cittadinanza)
Part 1 DescriptionBrief presentation of yourself
Part 2 DescriptionConversation with the examiner
Topics for Part 2Choose one from four different topics presented in a list
Expected Actions in Part 2Express opinions, show agreement or disagreement, comment on the examiner’s questions and observations
DurationAbout 4–6 minutes
RecordingYour presentation will be recorded
Cils B1 for Citizenship – speaking task

Examples of speaking prompts:

  • Nel tuo tempo libero ti piace leggere un libro o navigare in internet? Perché (Do you like reading a book or surfing the internet in your free time? Why?)
  • Ti piace la città dove vivi? Che cosa vorresti fare per migliorare la vita nella città dove vivi? Do you like the city where you live? What would you like to do to improve life in the city where you live?

You can find more speaking prompts to prepare for your oral exam here

The entire exam will last 2.05 hours, with a 15-minute break in between the reading comprehension and writing production sections.

Grammar topics for the CILS Citizenship (B1 level)

Are you looking for more information on how to ace the CILS B1 Citizenship test?

Take a look here:

How long do you need to wait to get the results of the exam? 

Your exam will be recorded and sent to the Università per Stranieri di Siena inItaly. The university will need a minimum of 90 days to correct your exam. You should expect your results to come back at any time within 90 days of your test. And another 40-60 days to get the certificate. 

After passing the exam and receiving your certificate, you can submit it to your local Italian consulate or embassy to get your Italian citizenship. 

Helpful textbook for your CILS B1 exam preparation

My favorite textbooks for preparing my students to the B1 citizenship level (providing they have already reached an intermediate level of the language).

the dates for the CILS B1 Cittadinanza exams in 2024 are:

  1. February 15, 2024
    • Registration Deadline: January 10, 2024
  2. April 11, 2024
    • Registration Deadline: March 05, 2024
  3. June 05, 2024
    • Registration Deadline: April 19, 2024
  4. July 18, 2024
    • Registration Deadline: June 12, 2024
  5. October 17, 2024
    • Registration Deadline: September 12, 2024
  6. December 05, 2024
    • Registration Deadline: October 16, 2024

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