Choose our preparation courses for the CELI exam with assessment test to decide the level of the CELI for which you will enrol

CELI exam preparation courses
CELI exam preparation courses

Our Centre organizes Preparation Courses for the CELI Exams of the University for Foreigners of Perugia .

Our Institute is an authorised Exam Centre for CELI (Certificato di Lingua Italiana).

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What is CELI certification?

The CELI certification is one of the only four certifications officially recognized by the Italian Ministry for Education and is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: teaching of teaching, evaluation of the Council of Europe and the ALTE Framework.

The other certifications officially recognized are CILS exams (University for Foreigners of Siena), Certificato IT exams (University of Tor Vergata – Rome) and PLIDA exams (Società Dante Alighieri).

What is the CELI certification for?

A legally recognized certification is valid for:

  • enrolling in Italian Universities without having to pass the Proficiency Language Exam (CELI 3 exam)
  • teaching Italian in primary and secondary schools in Italy (CELI 5)
  • being listed in the European Language Portfolio. The European Language Portfolio was developed and piloted by the Language Policy Division of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, from 1998 until 2000. It was launched on a pan-European level during the European Year of Languages as a tool to support the development of plurilingualism and pluriculturalism
  • including on CVs for job searches as a legally recognized Italian language certification
  • being Internationally recognized by International institutions
  • being easily comparable with other international language certifications, according to the ALTE Framework.

CELI exam levels

There are 5 levels of exams:

Common European Framework of Council of EuropeALTE frameworkCELI EXAMS
Elementary levelA1 ElementaryBreakthrough level
A2 Pre intermediateLevel 1CELI 1
Intermediate levelB1 IntermediateLevel 2CELI 2
B2 Upper intermediateLevel 3CELI 3
Advanced levelC1 Pre-AdvancedLevel 4CELI 4
C2 AdvancedLevel 5CELI 5
CELI exam levels

CELI exam ability and skill

The table below illustrates typical general ability at each level and in the skill areas.

A1 ALTE breakthrough levelCAN understand basic instructions or take part in a basic factual conversation on a predictable topic.CAN understand basic notices, instructions or information.CAN complete basic forms, and write notes including times, dates and places.
A2 Level 1CAN express simple opinions or requirements in a familiar context.CAN understand straightforward information within a known area, such as on products and signs and simple textbooks or reports on familiar matters.CAN complete forms and write short simple letters or postcards related to personal information.
B1 Level 2CAN express opinions on abstract/cultural matters in a limited way or offer advice within a known area, and understand instructions or public announcements.CAN understand routine information and articles, and the general meaning of non-routine information within a familiar areaCAN write letters or make notes on familiar or predictable matters.
B2 Level 3CAN follow or give a talk on a familiar topic or keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics.CAN scan texts for relevant information, and understand detailed instructions or advice.CAN make notes while someone is talking or write a letter including non-standard requests.
C1 Level 4CAN contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area of work or keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency, coping with abstract expressions.CAN read quickly enough to cope with an academic course, to read the media for information or to understand non-standard correspondence.CAN prepare/draft professional correspondence, take reasonably accurate notes in meetings or write an essay which shows an ability to communicate.
C2 Level 5CAN advise on or talk about complex or sensitive issues, understanding colloquial references and dealing confidently with hostile questions.CAN understand documents, correspondence and reports, including the finer points of complex texts.CAN write letters on any subject and full notes of meetings or seminars with good expression and accuracy.
CELI exam skills and abilities

CELI exam preparation courses

The CELI exam preparation course (Certificazione Lingua Italiana) consist of

  • 4 hours a day in a STANDARD GROUP COURSE and
  • 1 hour a day PRIVATE TUTORING especially focusing on the CELI exam format with the aim of getting accustomed to the type of exercises of this exam and to assess the correct level of exam for each student.
2 weeks4 weeks8 weeks
PRICES€ 1300€ 2600€ 5200
CELI exam prices

What is included in the CELI exam preparation course?

The course includes:

  • an assessment test to decide the level of the CELI for which the student will enrol
  • fees for the CELI exam
  • 4/6/8 weeks standard course plus private course in preparation for the exam
  • exam session on the dates set by the University of Perugia to be taken at our school


June, 19th – CELI
A1 CELI impatto

November 20th – CELI
A1 CELI impatto

If you want only to take a CELI exam at our Centre, without a Preparation Course, please contact our office.

Written confirmation from our office will inform you of the time of your exam.

Your exam will be assessed directly by the University of Perugia and you will be able to check your results online. Should you fail one part of the exam, you will be able to retake that part at any Officially Recognized CELI Exam Centre, by paying an extra fee for the part of the exam that you wish to repeat.