The examinations are carried out according to the regulations of the Accademia Italiana di Lingua (AIL), based on material developed by the AIL Expert Commission. The grading is done according to unique and appropriate criteria, to guarantee fair assessment for all. 

DELI-A1 By passing this examination in Italian language, the candidate demonstrates understanding of simple and familiar expressions and to be able to interact in simple contexts with the help of the interlocutor.

DELI-A2 By passing this examination in Italian language, the candidate has shown that he is able to understand the main structures of the Italian Language, read simple texts and communicate in elementary everyday situations.

DILI-B1 By passing this examination in Italian language, the candidate has shown that he is able to communicate, both orally and in writing, in all everyday situations. He understands conversations that deal with topics of everyday life and can participate in these. He is also able to understand texts that deal with these topics and can express his own opinions in writing.

DILC-B1 By passing this examination in Italian business language, the candidate has shown that he is able to communicate, both orally and in writing, in all everyday situations. He understands conversations that deal with topics of everyday life and the economy and can participate in these. He is also able
to understand texts that deal with these topics of everyday life and the economy, and can express his own opinions in writing. This examination is Recognized as the final Italian exam, it being the second national language, for all the professional commercial schools in Switzerland.

DILI-B2 By passing this examination, the candidate has demonstrated his/her ability to communicate and comprehend Italian, both in the oral and written form, regarding terms already familiar to the candidate.

DALI-C1 By passing this examination, the candidate has proven that his knowledge of the Italian language enables him to express himself correctly, both orally and in writing, with the complexity expected of everyday language skills. Additionally, he can understand and compose written texts.

DALC-C1 By passing this Italian business language examination, the candidate has shown the ability to communicate in any situation requiring a strong knowledge of commercial Italian: correspondence, public relations, specialized literature, secretarial work, business meetings etc.

DALI-C2 By passing this examination, the candidate has proven that he understands with ease virtually everything heard or read in Italian. He can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. He can express himself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.



The Diplomas are issued once the examination is passed. The following grades are awarded:

% weighting of different elements on the final grade
EXAMDELI-A1DELI-A2DILI-B1DILC-B1DILI-B2DALI-C1DALC-C1DALI-C2
Writing comprehension 20% 30% 20% 20% 20% 15% 15% 20%
Writing skills 10% 10% 20% 20% 20% 25% 25% 20%
Morphosyntactic skills 10% 10% 15% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%
Listening comprehension 20% 20% 20% 15% 15% 15% 15% 20%
Oral expression 40% 30% 25% 25% 25% 25% 25% 20%
Skills  
Understanding skills 40% 50% 40% 35% 35% 30% 30% 40%
Active (writing/listening) skills 60% 50% 60% 65% 65% 70% 70% 60%

 

To pass the exam, the candidate must achieve at least 60% of the maximum marks available. 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

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