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We are offering a course to prepare students for the B1 certificate for Italian Citizenship exam.

The Italian B1 level language certificate is a document which shows Italian linguistic competency according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (also known as CEFR or CEF or CEFRL). This certificate will demonstrate to the Italian government that you will be able to function with day to day tasks in Italian as a potential Italian citizen.


Our lessons are principally based on spoken communication, but also deal with the more formal aspects of the language. Most of the time is dedicated to the achievement of the threshold level according to the parameters of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the international standard for describing language ability, on which the Italian B1 certificate is based on.


Students will be asked to perform an entrance test to determine their level. We require students to be a A2 level or higher to register for this course. If you are not at a A2 level we can customize a package for you to reach the level and prepare for the exams.


Highly qualified and native Italian-speaking teachers use an informal teaching methodology, making the lessons enjoyable and engaging.


In addition to their teaching abilities, our teachers have a wealth of knowledge about the city and can provide insider tips and recommendations to help make your time in Rome even more memorable. Our students often form long-lasting friendships with each other, which adds to the positive and enjoyable experience of attending the course.


Italian course for B1 certificate for Italian Citizenship 1


The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages establishes six different levels of knowledge of a foreign language:


A1: Beginner
A2: Elementary
B1: Intermediate
B2: Upper Intermediate
C1: Advanced
C2: Proficient


The B1 certificate can also be useful to people who may be interested in studying in Italy since many courses/programs require a certificate in order to see that the prospective student will be able to understand the course material.


The Italian course consists of 24 classes of 2:30h each, totaling 60 hours, and aims to prepare the students to get the Italian B1 Certificate.


Location: Our office on Via Portuense 104  Scala E18 on 5th floor. The code to enter and ring us is 01017,  the name on bell is Rome Expats.

Cost: €1500


• 60 hours of in person or online classes ( 24 classes, 2.5hours each)
• Registration fee
• All material needed
• Teacher attendees the exam with student
• Exam fees

Dates of exams: (TBD)

Online course dates and times: On request 

Are you ready to start the course? Send us an email to [email protected] and confirm your spot.


Check out our regular classes and courses here

Which exams are valid for citizenship?

To obtain Italian citizenship, it is necessary to obtain an official certification verifying the passing of level B1.


Both the University for Foreigners of Perugia and the University of Foreigners of Siena are providers of the CELI and CILS qualifications, which are recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The security decree requires certification of a level no lower than B1 in order to obtain Italian citizenship.


The CILS B1 Italian Certificate

The CILS Certificate, or the Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera, is a rewarding certificate. It is accredited by Siena University for foreign students. You can choose different certificates depending on your needs and the reason you need a qualification. These include:


  • CILS B1 (for adults)
  • CILS B1 Teens (for students ages 14-18)
  • and CILS B1 Citizenship (for students who are applying for Italian citizenship)

You can take the CILS exam in June or December 2024


Once you pass the CILS exam, you will get your B1 certificate. To qualify, you need to score at least 11 points in each of the 5 tests, from listening and reading comprehension to written skills. The test totals 100 points and you can retake certain sections after 18 months if you don’t achieve the minimum score. This gives you another chance to earn your certificate without having to retake the entire test.


The CELI Certificate

The Certificato di Lingua Italiana, or CELI Certificate, is an official certificate for learning Italian, accredited by the University of Perugia. You can choose from a variety of CELI certificates including some that correspond to a B1 level:

  • CELI 2 (for adults)
  • CELI 2a (for students ages 12-18)
  • and CELI 2i (for students who are applying for Italian citizenship)

The PLIDA B1 Italian Certificate

Next, if you are interested in the PLIDA Certificate, the Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri, you can easily take the exam at any of the more than 350 accredited centers around the world. It is provided by the Società Dante Alighieri and there are different types of B1 exams that you can take. These include:

  • PLIDA B1 (for adults)
  • PLIDA B1 Junior (for ages 13 to 18)
  • and PLIDA B1 Citizenship (for students who are applying for Italian citizenship)

The PLIDA exam can be taken on one of the 4 available dates throughout the year.

The Cert.IT

You can also consider the Cert.IT as a B1 Level Italian Language Certificate. The Cert.IT, granted by Università degli Studi Roma Tre, is recognized internationally, too. The only inconvenience is that there are fewer accredited centres in foreign countries than for the CILS, CELI, and PLIDA exams.

What is the B1 level of the Italian language certificate?

The Italian B1 level language certification is at an intermediate level. This means that you are proficient enough in the Italian language for everyday interaction, making integration much more straightforward if you choose to live, study or work in Italy.

How hard is B1 level Italian?

The Italian B1 level language certification is at the intermediate level. This implies you are fluent enough in Italian for ordinary interaction, study, or work in Italy.

Is B1 difficult to pass?

The B1 level is the most difficult because of the lot of grammar and vocabulary knowledge that you need to grasp. No matter, how difficult or lengthy it looks, learn things slowly and reinforce all you have done as you may go through.

How to Pass the Italian Language Exam

The Italian language B1 exam will cover different grammatical and morphosyntactic elements, such as pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and verb tenses. In addition, on the B1 exam you will be tested on the A1 and the A2 content. 


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