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Italian CILS

We are a centre for La Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera (CILS) internationally recognised Italian language exams organised by the University of Siena (Italy). We run language courses that can help you prepare for these examinations.

Examinations take place in June each year, with registration during March and April 2024.

The exam date for 2024 is Wednesday 5 June.

B1 Cittadinanza

In order to obtain Italian citizenship, proof of B1 competences in Italian is needed. The Centro CILS has created this examination specifically for people applying for Italian citizenship. The examination is shorter and tests fewer competences than the standard B1 examination, as such the B1 Cittadinanza can only be used for citizenship applications and is not valid as a certification for work or study purposes.

If you require B1 certification for work or study, you will need to sit the full B1 Standard examination. Please note that the B1 Cittadinanza examination is a pass/fail examination, if a candidate fails one part of the examination, the candidate must resit the whole examination, there is no possibility to resit individual units.

Exam fees

LevelFeeResit fee per unit
B1 Cittadinanza£120N/A

In addition to the exam fees established by the University of Siena, we charge an administration fee to cover our expenses. The administration fee is included in the exam fees table.

Practice papers

Practice papers are available from the Università per Stranieri di Siena. The Università per Stranieri di Siena has produced a guide (in Italian only) to the language skills tested for each paper. There is also information for candidates on how to prepare.


To register for the exam please complete and return the registration form.

Please provide a photocopy of photo ID (passport, driving licence etc) with your registration form. For payment, please email us to arrange secure online card payment.  Registration is not complete until payment has been made.  If you have previously taken a CILS exam, please also supply your matricula number. The deadline for registration for 2024 is 22 April.

Upon successful registration you will receive a confirmation of enrolment. Closer to the examination date you will receive a statement of entry confirming the exam date and time.


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