Italian Language Test for Foreign Students

Italian language test for the a.y. 2022-2023

For the a.y. 2022-2023 the Italian language test, aimed at certifying a B2 proficiency level, will be organised by CISIA and held online as @Casa. 

The test is mandatory for all non-EU citizens residing abroad and requiring a study visa who want to attend a degree course taught in Italian. 

Students who have achieved a certificate of proficiency, awarded as determined by the CLIQ and with a grade not below the B2 level of the Council of Europe, are exempted from taking the test.
Neverthless, the certificate has to be obtained before submitting the pre-enrolment application on Universitaly (for the visa request) and no later than July 29th, 2022.
Detailed information on exemptions from the Italian language test may be found in the "part III" of  Ministerial regulations

Students wishing to attend a degree program entirely taught in English, or a degree program providing at least a curriculum in English, do not have to take the Italian language test. 


The ITALIAN-L2 test takes 120 minutes and is composed of 3 parts:

  • Listening: 3 audio extracts with an overall of 21 questions (15 minutes for each extract)
  • Reading: 3 extracts with an overall of 21 questions (15 minutes for each extract)
  • Linguistic structures: sentence completion. 6 texts with an overall of 30 items to be completed in 30 minutes

The overall minimum passing score for the Italian–L2 test is 61 points.

PLEASE NOTE  all candidates must use headphones during listening sections. Candidates who do not have headphones won't sit the test. 

On CISIA portal you can find:

- general information about the ITALIAN-L2 test 

- indications to prepare, start and take the test

- technical information about required devices, network requirements and room configuration

Registration to the test

In order to apply for the test fill in the google form available at the following link

There will be many available sessions for taking the test starting from April 2022. The dates open for registrations will be progressively published on this webpage.

Candidates can register uniquely to the sessions reserved for Sapienza also communicated on CISIA website in the section ITALIAN-L2 Test.

Candidates who take a score below the required minimum (61 points) can take the test again within the last available session reserved for Sapienza.

Please note: test taken in sessions available for other Universities won’t be taken into account in any case.

A few days before the test, all registered candidates will receive an email from CISIA with detailed instructions

Candidates who can not register to Google and fill in the registration form can send an email to writing in the subject line "Registration request to the Italian-L2 test" and providing in the email body the following data: student identification number ( candidates get it by registering to infostud), e-mail address (the same declared on infostud), telephone number (including international area code), name, surname, date of birth, citizenship, ID card number (ID card or passport), scanned copy of a valid ID (the same that the candidate will show on video for the identification before the test), faculty, name and code of the chosen degree programme (information available on the course catalogue), date in which the candidate wants to take the test. 

Students who already own an italian language certificate can send a copy of it to the above mentioned email address in order to know if they can be exempted from taking the test. 

Available sessions and booking deadlines

12 and 14 April 2022 (booking closed)

19 and 21 April 2022 (booking closed)

26 and 28 April 2022 (booking closed)

10 and 12 May 2022 (booking closed)

17 and 19 May 2022 (booking closed)

24 e 26 May 2022 (booking closed)

7, 8 and 9 June (booking closed)

14 and 16 June (booking closed)

21 and 23 June (booking closed)

28 and 30 June (booking closed) 

5, 6 and 7 July (booking closed) 

12, 13 and 14 July (booking closed) 

19, 20 and 21 July (booking closed)

Each session has 100 vailable seats

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