The official CLIQ (CILS) Diploma, issued by the University for Foreigners in Siena, certifies your knowledge of Italian, is valid throughout the world, and does not expire (as other certificates like TOEFL do).
By virtue of an agreement between the University for Foreigners in Siena and the University of Pennsylvania, it is possible to take the exam in Philadelphia, at UPenn.
There are six different proficiency levels and you can take more than one diploma (e.g. after an A2 certificate you can take the exam again to get a superior level certificate):
A1 low beginner; A2 high beginner;
B1 low intermediate; B2 high intermediate;
C1 advanced; C2 proficiency
Please note that level B2 is valid also as language exam for admittance to any Italian University without the need for further testing, and that with level C2 you can apply for the position of official translator in several countries (from Italian into English).
Exam examples can be found on the website of the University for Foreigners of Siena at the following link: http://cils.unistrasi.it/articolo.asp?sez0=89&sez1=0&sez2=0&art=188
Books for preparation from previous exams can be purchased here: http://www.guerra-edizioni.com/cerca.cfm?tipo=Titolo&search=cils
The CILS exam will be held twice per year.
The exams in 2013 will be held on June 6, 2013 and December 5, 2013.
Registrations for the Spring session (June 6) will be accepted until April 30, 2013.
The duration of the exam (consisting of listening comprehension, reading comprehension, grammar and use of structure tests, compositions, and oral interview) is approximately 6 hours.
Please be informed that the CILS exam can be taken by anyone who might be interested, students and/or professionals.
For more information, please contact Rita Pasqui, rpasqui at sas dot upenn dot edu or Marina Johnston, johnston at sas dot upenn dot edu
[AAIS] Next CLIQ (CILS) Exam: June 6, 2013. AAIS listserv (CISfirstname.lastname@example.org, 9 Apr 2013).