Italian Language Test for International Students

Italian language test for the a.y. 2023-2024 - All Sapienza sessions are fully booked

For the academic year 2023-2024 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. The test is reserved for non-EU students requiring visa only.

Students who have already 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 June 30th, 2023.
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  candidates have to take the test with a laptop and 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

There will be many available sessions for taking the test starting from March 2023. The dates for registrations will be progressively opened and are published on this webpage.

Candidates can apply for the test by filling in the google form available at the following link

We remind that candidates can register either to the sessions reserved for Sapienza or to those available for other Universities that provide the same test. Look up the whole list on CISIA website in the section ITALIAN-L2 Test

PLEASE NOTE: Sapienza will take into account only tests passed with an overall minimum passing score of 61 points and taken not later than June 30th, 2023, which is the same deadline for submission of the pre-enrolment application on Universitaly.

Candidates who take a score below the required minimum (61 points) can take the test again in one of the available sessions reserved for Sapienza by paying a 15 € registration fee for each additional test, as follows: 

  • Login to Infostud
  • Go to “Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes”
  • Go to “Admission to programmes”
  • Enter the test code 16182
  • Go to Continue and then to Next
  • Click on PagoPa direct payment
  • Pay attention to the payment deadline
  • Upload the receipt on Sapienza Google module during the registration for the test

As stated in art. 30 of students regulations, point 3.: on no account will the amounts paid to take admission tests to degree programmes be reimbursed.
So no refund is possible on the registration fee paid for the additional ITA L2 tests.

Candidates who repeat the test in one of the sessions available for other Universities, must pass it with an overall minimum passing score of 61 points and take it not later than June 30th, 2023.

A few days before the test, all registered candidates for Sapienza, 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), surnamename, date of birth, gendercitizenship ( If you have dual citizenship, one of which Italian or of any other EU Country, the Italian or the other EU citizenship will prevail. Therefore you do not need to take the Italian language test. For information Office for Students with International Qualifications | Sapienza Università di Roma ( 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),e-mail address (the same declared on infostud), telephone number (including international area code), date in which the candidate wants to take the test.

Candidates who already own an italian language certificate, awarded as determined by the CLIQ,  can send a copy of it to in order to know if they can be exempted from taking the test. 

Available sessions and booking deadlines

Tuesday March 14, 2023 (booking closed)

Tuesday March 21, 2023 (booking closed)

Tuesday March 28, 2023 (booking closed)

Thursday March 30, 2023 (booking closed)

Thursday April 27, 2023 (booking closed)

Tuesday May 9, 2023 (booking closed)

Tuesday May 16, 2023 (booking closed)

Thursday May 18, 2023 (booking closed)

Tuesday May 23, 2023 (booking closed)

Thursday May 25, 2023 (booking closed)

Tuesday June 6, 2023 (booking closed)

Thursday June 8, 2023 (booking closed)

Tuesday June 13, 2023 (booking closed)

Thursday June 15, 2023 (booking closed)

Each session has 40 available places.

No additional sessions are scheduled for 2023/2024 academic year.

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