CELI Examination

CELI IMPATTO (A1 CEFR)

The candidates are able to interact within the scope of short questions and answers regarding themselves, their home, their family. They are able to understand and use sentences of a formulaic nature in order to meet practical needs.

CELI 1 (A2 CEFR)

The candidates understand simple high frequency sentences set in daily situations. They are able to exchange short and simple pieces of information regarding familiar and recurring topics.

Grammar: The candidate must know and be able to use

  • the presente, the passato prossimo and futuro semplice (active and reflexive) of high-use regular and irregular verbs.
  • the condizionale presente for a polite request (i.e. vorrei...)
  • polite and impolite forms (i.e. mi dia, mi passi,...)
  • the basic grammar elements of: nomi, pronomi, personali soggetto (io, to, lui, lei,...), riflessivi (mi, ti, si,...), possessivi (mio, tuo, suo,...), dimostrativi (questo, questa,...), relativi (che, i quali,...), interrogativi (chi?, che cosa?,...), aggettivi, qualificativi, possessivi, dimostrativi, indefiniti, interrogativi
  • numerali cardinali
  • the most common avverbi and preposizioni
CELI 2 (B1 CEFR)

The candidates are able to handle most situations occurring while travelling. They are able to write simple texts regarding familiar and personal topics.

Grammar: The candidate must be able to

  • engage in a narration (i.e. tell a story, describe holidays,...) in the present, the past and the future, demonstrating to be able to use the presente, passato prossimo, futuro semplice and imperfetto.
  • use the condizionale presente in order to express requests, needs, desires in a polite expression.
  • construct common coordinate (i.e. e, o, ma, poi,...) and subordinate (i.e. perché, quando, poiché,...) sentences.
CELI 3 (B2 CEFR)

The candidates are able to understand the main points of factual and abstract texts. They are able to interact with native speakers with a certain degree of fluency and without excessive effort. They are able to express their own point of view and opinions.

Grammar: The candidate must show that he/she has mastered

  • the main uses of the tenses of the indicative
  • the uses of the condizionale
  • the polite uses of the imperative
  • passive and impersonal forms
  • the most common forms of the congiuntivo (indirect interrogative, hypothetical forms,...)
  • the most common uses of the infinito presente and the gerundio presente
  • the primary connective words for coordinate and subordinate sentences
CELI 4 (C1 CEFR)

The candidates are able to understand long and complex texts. They are able to express inferences and express themselves fluently, spontaneously and effectively. They are able to produce long, consistent and cohesive texts.

Grammar: The candidate must show the ability to create a coherent and consistent text and must show that he/she has mastered

  • the primary connective words for coordinate and subordinate sentences
  • all uses of the indicativo form, including its modal and intertextual forms
  • all uses of the condizionale
  • all uses of the congiuntivo
  • direct and indirect speech
  • the most common uses of the infinito, participio and gerundio
CELI 5 (C2 CEFR)

The candidates can understand any type of text. They are able to reconstruct facts and topics in a coherent and cohesive manner. They can express themselves fluently, spontaneously and precisely. They can understand various nuances of meaning.

Grammar: The candidate must show

  • mastery of the grammar system of contemporary Italian
  • an understanding of all aspects not covered in the previous sections (i.e. costruzioni perifrastiche,...)
  • an understanding of regional linguistic variations
  • an understanding of social linguistic variations

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