CILS Exam preparation

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DELL’UNIVERSITÀ E DELLA RICERCA

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Why enroll in our CILS exam preparation courses? CILS (Certificate in Italian as a second language) evaluates the level of communicative competence a student has reached in Italian language. It is useful for those who are in daily contact with Italy for reasons of work, study, or for those who simply wish to evaluate their Italian language skills. 

The CILS Certificate is an official title and is therefore recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education.

CILS exam preparation courses
CILS exam preparation coures

WHAT IS CILS CERTIFICATION FOR?

To be submitted where you are asked for an official certificate.
The CILS certification, as it is nationally recognized, can be used in all areas where a certain level of fluency in Italian is required and formally certified, including: 

  • Entering the world of work and study
  • For the enrollment in Italian universitie
  • To teach the Italian language

As a motivation for language studies
The certification is still a goal to be achieved and, so, it encourages the motivation in learning the language.

To obtain a long-term residence permit 
In order to obtain a residence permit, the Italian law forsees as mandatory the achievement of an Italian language recognized certification
Specifically, the certification CILS A2 is recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs among the titles of fluency in Italian language valid for obtaining the residence permit for EC long-term residents.The Institute Galilei therefore provides its students the opportunity to activate a course specifically taylored to all those who wish to take the exam CILS A2 for the specific purposes of obtaining the residence permit.

For enrolment in an Italian university
In order to enroll in an Italian University the minimum required level is the CILS DUE (B2). Foreign students who have this level are exempted from the test of knowledge of Italian language and can immediately start to attend the lessons and exams regularly. The CILS DUE – B2 is therefore considered valid for the admission of foreign students in the Italian system of higher education.

To obtain a higher score in public ranking
To be included in public occupation rankings, foreign students with a certificate CILS of levels THREE-C1 and FOUR-C2 can be accredited with additional score. 

CILS CERTIFICATION LEVELS

CILS exam preparation courses. The CILS certification system follows the guidelines established in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Therefore, there are six levels of competence recognized, each of which is complete and self-sufficient, and based on the different social, professional and intellectual needs of the student. Find more information about language levels here >>>

The required levels of basic language knowledge (A1 and A2) are structured in modules, differentiated according to the needs and necessities of the student, in order to ensure the students get the best results at the end of the course.

Among those modules, there are some specifically conceived for the children of immigrants living in Italy, other addressed to adults whose first language is significantly different from Italian (Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, etc.) and modules for children of emigrants from Italy who are now living abroad. 

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STRUCTURE OF THE EXAM

To obtain the CILS certification you must pass a special examination, consisting of:

  • a listening test
  • a reading test
  • an analysis of communication structures
  • a written test
  • an oral exam

All these tests must be produced and evaluated by the Certification Center of the University for Foreigners of Siena, but can take place also in any partner institution. 

TEACHING METHOD OF CILS EXAM PREPARATION COURSES

CILS exam preparation courses

Institute Galilei organizes Italian language courses for foreigners offering a specific preparation aimed at the achievement of the CILS certification. These CILS exam preparation courses are designed to give the student a thorough and personalized teaching program: our teachers will take care to let you be prepared in all the various skills required for the exam with a personalized teaching method based on what your linguistic needs and goals are.

Students will work directly on CILS exercise books and practical exercises will take place in both understanding and written composition in Italian language. Moreover the use of audio-visual materials and guided conversations is carried on in order to properly develop the oral expression skills of the student.

A further key point of our CILS exam preparation courses is given by the examination simulation, carried out directly on the CILS listening and grammar tests of previous years.

Our teaching method is structured in a way so that our teachers can constantly check the student’s progress in each examination skill, promptly working in order to fill the gaps and correct their weaker expression sides.

PROGRAMS

For every type of our CILS exam preparation courses, we have developed specific programs (Breve, Intermedio, Intensivo) in which the number of teaching hours varies according to the previous language skills of the student, and the level that has to be reached for the exam. 

SCHEDULES AND PRICES per person

Course type
Preparation for level
Lesson hours
Prices in Euros
One-to-one course   
Breve
A1 – A2
10 hours
360
Intermedio
A1 – A2 – B1 – B2
20 hours
670
Intensivo
B1 – B2 – C1 – C2
30 hours
950
Two-to-one course  
 
Breve
A1 – A2
10 hours
280
Intermedio
A1 – A2 – B1 – B2
20 hours
520
Intensivo
B1 – B2 – C1 – C2
30 hours
750
Small group course (max 4 part.)    
Breve
A1- A2 – B1- B2
10 hours
220
Intermedio
C1- C2
20 hours
385
Intensivo
C1- C2
30 hours
540

All prices include registration fee, teaching materials, 1 guided tour in the historic center of Florence.

Examination fees are not included and are as follows: 

  • Levels A1 and A2: Euro 40
  • Level B1: Euro 90
  • Level B1: Euro 70 (CILS Teenagers)
  • Level B2: Euro 105
  • Level C1: Euro 135
  • Level C2: Euro 160

BEGINNING DATES FOR CILS exam preparation COURSES

Normally all the preparatory courses for the CILS certification must begin around two months before the exam.

The CILS exam preparation courses in both individual and bi-individual formula are fully customizable: the students are then free to choose the starting day of the course and the schedule will be organized according to their needs and preferences. 

DATES OF CILS EXAMS

ATTENTION – To know the deadline for exams registration students shall contact the offices of the chosen examination location. Furthermore, it is necessary that the partner locations send the registrations for the exams to the Centro CILS at least 40 days before the exam date.

For the year 2020, the dates of CILS exams are the following:

Dates 2020Levels
20 FEBRUARY 2020A2 Integration in Italy
B1 Citizenship
23 APRIL 2020A2
A2 Integration in Italy
B1 CitizenshipB2
4 JUNE 2020A1
A2
A1 Integration in Italy
A2 Integration in Italy
B1
B1 CitizenshipB2
C1
C2
23 JULY 2020A2
A2 Integration in ItalyB1 Integration in Italy
22 OCTOBER 2020A2
A2 Integration in ItalyB1
3 DECEMBER 2020A1
A2
A1 Integration in Italy
A2 Integration in Italy

B1
B1 Citizenship

B2
C1
C2

USEFUL TIPS TO ACHIEVE THE DESIRED RESULTS

Cils exam preparation courses Florence

In the process of learning a foreign language to properly prepare for the exam, it is very important not only the number of tuition hours, but also and mostly the type of course that you decide to attend. 

If you have limited time, or have to combine the preparatory CILS study with you work, we would like to suggest you to choose an individual course: in this way, the lessons will be organized according to your needs and availabilities, also the teacher will deal exclusively with your linguistic necessities, by correcting and improving your weaknesses. Our individual courses are the solution chosen by the majority of our students, as they provide the best results in a very short time.

Always keep in mind, in choosing the most suitable course for you, that a week of individual course corresponds to approximately one month in a group course.

At the Institute Galilei we strongly suggest to start the preparation for the CILS certification about two months before the test, so to organize the course in the time the students have at their disposal in the best and most suitable way.

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