B2 Italian Language Exam for University Admission

Level CELI 3 and CILS B2 are the necessary levels for admission to an Italian university in Italy.

To obtain level B2 it is necessary to be able to carry out conversations on known and unknown topics, and to easily understand the main elements of a discussion.

Which exams are valid for university admission?

In order to obtain admission to an Italian university it is necessary to obtain an official certification attesting to the passing of a B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR).

CELI and CILS, offered by the University for Foreigners of Perugia and of the University of Foreigners of Siena, are official qualifications recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Level B2 – intermediate – of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR) is equivalent to level CELI 3 and level CILS B2

Equivalence of CELI and CILS Certifications with the Common Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):

LEVEL CELI CILS Test your Italian
A1 – basic CELI IMPATTO CILS A1 Italian Test A1
A2 – elementary CELI 1 CILS A2 Italian Test A2
B1 – intermediate CELI 2 CILS B1 / CILS B1 Italian Test B1
B2 – upper intermediate CELI 3 CILS B2 Italian Test B2
C1 – advanced CELI 4 CILS C1 Italian Test C1
C2 – mastery CELI 5 CILS C2 Complete Italian Test

CELI 3 and CILS B2 exams: all the details

How much does the B2 exam cost?

  • CELI 3: Here, at Europass, it costs 120€ for all those that attended one of our courses, 190€ for all those who didn’t.
  • CILS B2: 105€, both in Italy and abroad.

How the exams are structured


Comprehension of written texts 20%; Production of written texts 20%; Linguistic competence 10%; Comprehension of oral texts 20%; and Oral production 30%
Duration: 3 hours and 40 minutes
Note: Level B2 does not allow for partial passes. If one of the two parts (oral and written) is not passed, the entire exam must be repeated.


Listening 25%; Reading comprehension and grammar reflection 25%; Written production 25%; and Oral production 25%.
Duration: 2 hours
Note: To obtain the CILS certification, the candidate must obtain a passing score on all parts.

When and where to take the exam


Three sessions are planned a year: March, June and November. You can take the CELI exam at the exam center closest to you. Our school is one of the accredited centers in Florence.

Attention: To take the CELI exam it is necessary to respect strict deadlines and long wait times. The correction of the exams can take up to 3 months, the sending of the certificate up to 4 months.


Cils exams take place a few times a year, simultaneously all over the world.

  • In Italy, they take place at the University of Siena (about an hour’s drive from our school in Florence) and other affiliated locations.
  • Abroad, exams take place at some affiliated centers and Italian Cultural Institutes. Discover the office closest to you.

Attention: To take the CILS exam it is necessary to respect strict deadlines, for example, registration must take place at least 45 days before the exam.

CELI / CILS online exams

Both CELI and CILS exams cannot be taken online.

How to prepare for the CELI / CILS exams

To pass the language exams, it is not necessary to follow a specific course, with specific contents or a specific method. What is important is to be well prepared in both writings and in speaking.
Since both parts must be passed in order to pass the exam, training (or simply a review) may be necessary, focusing more on certain aspects than others.

Our courses (in Florence and online) are highly customizable according to your needs.

Do you just need a refresher or are you still far from the level you would like to be and need an intensive course? Do you prefer to study in a group or take private lessons?

During exam preparation, exam sessions will also be simulated, using old exam papers.

By taking practice exams you will get used to what’s expected, the exam sequence, and the time provided to complete it. Furthermore, you can easily check your score.

B2 preparation for university admission in Online

If you are looking for a highly flexible solution, online preparation is unmatched.

If you are short on time, you can choose individual lessons.
If you want to take it easy and spend little, you can choose our Europass Agile guided self-paced study course.
If you don’t want to give up the experience of studying together with other students from all over the world, you can choose group courses.
Finally, if you are interested in multiple solutions, you can choose to mix the various solutions (see examples below).

Times and prices

Customize your study path according to your needs.

Here are a few examples:

Package Hours Price
4 private lessons + 4-week group course 16 260€
16-week group course (2 lessons of 1.5 hours per week) 48 480€
8 private lessons + 8-week group course 32 520€
20 private lessons 20 580€
Europass Agile (self-paced-study course) + 8 private lessons + 8-week group course 96 600€

If you are not sure how many lessons you will need to reach the level you are aiming for, contact us!

B2 preparation for university admission to Florence

Times and prices

Also in this case the preparation is highly customizable.

We have noted, from experience, that the most welcome solution is a combination of group lessons and private lessons.

Each day: Four group lessons + Two private lessons, focused on preparing for the CELI or CILS exam.

From Monday to Friday.
Lectures from 9 to 12.40 and from 13.10 to 14.50.
30lessons per week
6lessons per day
50minutes each lesson
Weeks Price
1 500€
2 900€
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Details and conditions

No enrolment fee
Courses available all the year
Small classes: min. 4, max. 12 students*
Free cancellation (with 2 week notice)
High flexibility in the lenght of the course

2022 – 2023 course starting dates, onsite in Florence

Non Beginners → every Monday

Beginners → every two weeks

2022: 31/10, 14/11, 28/11, 12/12.

2023: Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month

For durations other than those proposed, or to add any extras, contact us.

More details

*If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to transform the group course into a reduced number of individual/ semi-individual lessons (discover more).

Each course includes: proficiency level assessment, textbook, certificate of attendance, general secretarial services, WiFi connection, and the loaning of books and DVDs.

Excluded: Accommodation, other guided tours and activities during the week and weekends.

Discover our study vacation packages, which include tours/visits and accommodation!

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