Frequently asked questions about the Italian language examination AIL

AIL has created preparation courses that last from one to six months according to the level of Italian language that the candidate must achieve, in order to pass the exam. Each school or instituion member of the Accademia Italiana acts as an exam centre, and all of which regularly offer preparation courses. You just need to consult the list of our associated centres and get in contact directly with the school, to obtain information about the start dates, the costs and the duration of the preparation courses for the AIL exams.

For individual preparation, the experts of the Accademia Italiana di Lingua have prepared a specific text 'I prepare for the DILI B1', for preparation for the DILI B1 exam. You can get this directly from the AIL, by paying 25 euros into the AIL current account.

There are also three Practise Tests - 3 CDs each containing a test in PDF format, with MP3 audio, for every exam level.

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Each certificate issued by the Accademia Italiana di Lingua states the date upon which the exam was passed. Knowledge of a language can often be forgotten if not used and revised. As such, duplicate certificates will not be issued 5 years or more after the date of an exam.

However, it is posible to retake an AIL exam, after many years, or even after a short amount of time, if you want to improve the mark obtained.
Requests for duplicate certificates must be made to the secretary of the Accademia, specifying the number of the exam taken. The price is 10 euros for each requested duplicate certificate.

Duplicate certificates will not be issued for exams taken more than 5 years ago.
TEXAM FEES

DELI 85 Euros – 170 CHF

DILIB1/DILIB2/DILC 105 Euros – 210 CHF

DALIC1/DALIC2/DALC 125 Euros – 240 CHF
How do I enrol for the exam?

To be able to take the AIL exams, you need to send off the enrolment form 30 days before the date of the exam. The enrolment form must be sent to the candidate's preferred exam centre.

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The fee for the exam must be payed to the candidate's preferred exam centre upon enroling. The methods of payment are in agreement with this location.

Can I take the exam without having attended a preparation course?

Yes, it is possible to take an exam without having attended a specific preparation course. You just need to fill in the enrolment form.

Please visit our exam dates page. It is possible to arrange special sessions to do the exams outside of these dates, provided that the preferred school has availability.
The exams take place four times a year at each of our associated centres. Once you have chosen the best AIL exam centre for you, you need to get in contact directly with this institution.

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The sillabus describes what you need to know and to know what to do, to pass the various different levels.
The exams are unique and the marking of the written papers and also the final assessment are done in the main office in Florence, so that all of the papers are uniformly assessed and the grades are fair. The papers are corrected within 90 days of the date of the exam.

The main office sends the diplomas of all of the candidates which have passed the exam, to the exam centres. Included on the certificate, apart from the details of the candidate, are the grades obtained in each skill and the marks awarded. The personal details of the candidate and the grades from the exam are only used to issue the certificates and are not shared in the public domain or with third parties, in accordance with the Italian law on privacy (675/96).

The certificate is issued once the exam has been passed.

The following marks are awarded:

% weighting of different components of the exams in the final grade

EXAM DELI-A2 DILI-B1 DILC-B1 DILI-B2 DALI-C1 DALI-C2 DALC-C1
Written comprehension 30% 20% 20% 20% 15% 20% 15%
Written expression (DELI: communication tests) 10% 20% 20% 20% 25% 20% 25%
Lexis and grammar 10% 15% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%
Listening comprehension 20% 20% 15% 15% 15% 20% 15%
Oral Expression 30% 25% 25% 25% 25% 20% 25%
Skills      
Understanding skills 60% 40% 35% 35% 30% 40% 30%
Writing / Speaking skills 40% 60% 65% 65% 70% 60% 70%

 

The candidate will pass the exam if they have achieved at least 60% of the maximum marks. The following grades are awarded:

Grades

%

100 - 90

<90 - 80

<80 - 70

<70 - 60

<60 - 0

Grade

A

B

C

D

F

Judgement

excellent

very good

good

sufficient

insufficient

Below you can find an example of the exam for the 'Firenze' Diploma of Italian Language. Download the practice in PDF format and the audio, for the corresponding level of exam. For each level, there are the correct answers for marking, and the grade criteria.

Before starting we please ask that you download and read carefully the Copyright document and the Introduction document of the Accademia di Lingua Italiana AIL and the 'Florence' diplomas.

As a first step, we advise that you carefully read the self-assessment chart, provided in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Then, you should consult the sillabus.

After, you could try to do our online quiz.

Once you have chosen your level of lingustic competency, it is often useful to try to do a complete test, by downloading a practice exam directly from this website.

DELI-A2

Elementary level diploma; recommended preparation time: ca. 100 - 120 hours;

DILI-B1

Intermediate level 1 diploma; recommended preparation time: ca. 240 - 300 hours;;

DILC-B1

Commercial diploma - intermediary level, recommended preparation time: ca. 280 - 340 hours; including min. 40 hours of specific preparation of business language;

DILI-B2

Intermediate level 2 diploma; recommended preparation time: ca. 320 - 400 hours;

DALI-C1

Advanced level 1 diploma; recommended preparation time: ca. 450 - 500 hours;

DALI - C2

Advanced level 2 diploma, recommended preparation time: ca. 600 - 650 hours;

DALC-C1

Commercial diploma - advanced level, recommended preparation time: ca. 500 - 550 hours, including min. 80 hours of specific preparation of business language.

These levels correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages(QCER): http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadro_comune_europeo_di_riferimento_per_la_conoscenza_delle_lingue

A1. The level denotes the ability to use simple familar expressions of everyday use, to satisfy some concrete needs, describing relevant personal details to others. At this level, interaction with Italian speakers can happen only with the direct intervention of others.

A2. The level shows independance in basic forms of communication: you can carry out relevant tasks for some primary needs regarding personal life, local geography, work, shopping etc.

B1. The level indicates the ability to understand spoken and written texts linked to familar topics. You can interact in an Italian speaking context, for example on holiday, and you can also use Italian to express opinions and to give basic explanations.

B2. The level demonstrates a competency in Italian language in educative (enrolment at school or university) or extracurricular (courses of professional training, internships etc.) contexts and in professional activity that even includes interaction with the public. You can easily socialise in an Italian-speaking environment and can use the Italian language in work linked to your own field of specialization.

C1. The level describes a notable confidance with Italian language and Italian life, which can be used in complex professional activities (professional activities in commercial, industrial or administrative spheres, for example). You can understand and produce complex texts, identifying extra and hidden meanings, for example in literature.

C2. The level denotes a high linguistic competency, comparable with that of a native person. The language can be used in all professional activities. It is the level expected to teach Italian as an L2 and to take on highly qualified, professional positions.

 

The exams of the Accademia Italiana di Lingua are perfect for all, who do not speak Italian as their mother tongue, who want to test the level of their knowledge of the Italian language and obtain an official diploma that displays their linguistic skills. There is no age limit for taking the exams. Each candidate can choose which exam level to take, and it is not necessary to have already passed lower levels to take any exam (ie it is possible to take the B2 level exam, without having already passed levels A1, A2 e B1).
Each week hundreds of students in Europe enrol for Accademia Italiana di Lingua® exams to obtain a linguistic certificiate to demonstrate their level of knowledge of the Italian language.

Obtaning a diploma that officially demonstrates knowledge of Italian can be very advantageous and useful to study or work in Italy, in a context where you speak Italian, to improve your own knowledge of the Italian language, to comunicate with friends or Italian relatives, to improve your position at work, or to find a new job.

Structured according to the principal linguistic skills, the diplomas issued by the Accademia Italiana di Lingua test the ability of the candidate to read, speak, write and listen in typical situations in which Italian is used in real life. This means that preparing for an AIL exam means developing the necessary abilities to deal with daily life and commercial life, in an Italian context.

The diplomas issued by AIL are recognised by bodies and institutions all over the world. In particular, since 2007, the DILC - B1 exam has been recognised by the UFFT (Swiss Federal Office of professional training and technology) as the final Italian exam, it being the second national language in all of the professional, commercial schools of the Swiss Confederation.

Upon your request, the AIL can provide all of the documents and the system of grading of the AIL 'Florence' Italian exams to the institutions, bodies (universities, high schools, specialisation courses etc.) or employers to which you need to show your exam certificates.

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The AIL exams are not public. The only people present will be the examinees and the AIL experts.
Yes, it is possible to repeat sections of the exam within one year (maximum 12 months after the previous exam) with a repayment of the full exam price.
There is only one correct answer to each question. Your response should be clearly marked on the provided answer form. Responses that are erased, deleated or ambiguous (or if two answers are chosen) will be considered incorrect.
The Accademia Italiana di Lingua reserves a period of three months for the correction of exams. The results will be sent directly to the address indicated by the candidate on the provided answer form. It is up to the local exam centers to send the exam certificate within three months of the exam.
It is recomended that you bring a pencil and eraser.
The use of dictionaries, grammar books and other materials of consultation (i.e. electronic dictionaries, etc.) are strictly prohibited.
It is not permitted to carry telephones or other electronic devices into the testing area.
Any violation of these rules will result in an immediate expulsion from the exam.

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