The PLIDA Italian Test
What is the PLIDA Italian exam?
The P.L.I.D.A (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri) is an Italian exam created by the Italian Ministry of Education to test language proficiency at different levels in Italian. It’s intended for people who don’t live or study Italian outside the country, immigrants in Italy or those who apply for Italian Citizenship through marriage or residence.
There are 6 levels of the exam: A1 (beginner), A2 (lower- intermediate), B1 (intermediate), B2 (upper-intermediate), C1 (advanced), C2 (natitve).
What’s the structure of the PLIDA test?
The PLIDA exam has four parts:
- reading comprehension
- listening comprehension
- writing skills
- speech production
The reading, listening and writing parts have different durations for each level and take a couple of hours to complete, while the speaking part of the PLDA lasts around 25 minutes.
The PLIDA speaking part
The speaking practice for the PLIDA has three parts. In the first part, you will be asked to introduce yourself by providing information about where you live and what you do for a living and why you are learning Italian. In the second part, you will be paired with another student and you will have to hold a conversation on a given topic for about 10 minutes. The third and last part will be carried out by students individually and the student will be involved in a conversation with the exam for another 10 minutes.
The PLIDA oral exam – COVID-19 restrictions
Because of the current COVID-19, most Italian Language exams, including the PLIDA, are carried out in an oral form. This information has to be confirmed with your chosen examination center.
How can I prepare for the PLIDA test?
The typical preparation for every Italian language exam can be divided into two legs.
- 1st part – reaching your desired level for the exam. Assuming you need to pass a B1 test for Citizenship, it’s recommended to take steps to get the B1 intermediate level. You can do this alone, in a school or with a private instructor.
- 2nd part – prepare for the sitting exam. Every exam has a different format. Learning the exam structure will save you a few headaches during the actual exam and will help you pass the exam with ease in class. To do this, you need to get samples or prep books.
What is the CELI 2?
The CELI 2 is an official Language Certificate issued by the University of Perugia, Italy, to demonstrate to the Italian government, an Italian university institution or an employer in Italy a B1 (intermediate) level of competence in the Italian Language.
The CELI 2 test evaluates the student competencies in listening, reading, speaking, and writing Italian at an intermediate level.
THE CELI 2 Certification will attest that you have mastered the basics of Italian and have now practical language skills for everyday use.
How much do you need to know to pass the CELI 2 test?
You should have a solid background of the basics of Italian grammar and thus you should have already reached a B1 level (Italian level B1 is the third level of Italian in the Common European Framework of Reference).
To successfully pass the exam, you should have a solid understanding of intermediate Italian grammar and vocabulary.
Specifically, the CELI 2 focuses on
- The direct and indirect Italian pronouns (e.g. gli dico v lo dico)
- The particules ci e ne (e.g. ne parlo / ci parlo)
- The double object pronouns (e.g. me lo, te lo, glielo..)
- The use of most frequent Italian conjugations (anche se, perciò, siccome, quindi, etc..)
- How to use and differentiate the imperfetto from the passato prossimo.
How is the CELI 2 structured?
The CELI 2 exam consists of three “PROVA” and a 10 minute speaking test.
- Prova di comprensione della lettura (PROVA A) – reading comprehension (1 hour)
- Prova di produzione di testi scritti (PROVA B) – writing comprehension (1 hour)
- Prova di comprensione dell’ascolto (PROVA C) – listening comprehension (20 minutes)
- Prova di produzione orale (10-12 minutes)
The PROVA A (reading part) consists of 5 short reading exercises with texts to read and filling the gaps exercises.
The PROVA B (writing part) consists of three short writing assignments: a fictional questionnaire to complete, and two short texts/emails to write (they should be 90-100 words long).
(you will have two hours to complete both tasks)
The PROVA C (listening part) lasts 20 minutes and consists of three short listening prompts. After listening to the audio prompts, you will complete some multiple choices questionnaires about the audios.
PROVA DI PRODUZIONE ORALE
La prova di produzione orale is the CELI 2 speaking part and will last about 10-12 minutes. Your Italian speaking exam will be recorded. The tested is divided into three short sections, and you will need to:
- briefly present yourself
- carry out a role play with the examiner based on a visual prompt (ex. complain at a restaurant, giving a piece of advice to a friend)
- describe a visual prompt – the examiner might ask you questions
Example of a writing assignment for the CELI 2
“Lei ha trovato un cane randagio. Siccome deve ritornare nel suo Paese e non può portarlo con sé, ha deciso di regalarlo. Scrive allora un annuncio su un giornale italiano” (90-100 words)
How can I take the exam?
You can take the exam virtually worldwide at any accredited Italian Language Centers or in Italy.
Every year there are three sessions in Italy and two in the rest of the world.
You should sign up and pay for the exam with at least one month’s notice.
The cost of the exam is around 100 euros/120 dollars. It may cost slightly less or more depending on your chosen center for the exam.
You should also know that…
If you pass just two tasks in four, let’s say PARTE A AND C – on your next exam you will need to complete just the other two, and the cost of the whole exam will be reduced.
HELPFUL PREP TEXTBOOKS FOR THE CELI 2 EXAM