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Certification of Italian Language Proficiency


The Italian Cultural Center is an official center for the PLIDA certification, the only such center in Minnesota. The PLIDA certificate (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri) is an official diploma issued by DA under an agreement with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and with the scientific approval of the University of Rome "La Sapienza". The PLIDA certificate is also recognized by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies and by the Ministry of University and Research as a qualification for the enrollment of foreign students.

The PLIDA certificate is intended for individuals whose primary language is not Italian. The certificate, which also exists in a Junior version for children ages 13-18, attests proficiency in Italian as a foreign language on the basis of a six-level scale.

The scale ranges from level A1, the most elementary level verifying the ability to use Italian in everyday situations to level C2, the most qualified level, guaranteeing an expertise comparable to that of an educated mother-tongue speaker which could be used in all professional contexts. The PLIDA levels correspond to the six levels of language proficiency established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Exams will take place at the Italian Cultural Center in Minneapolis based on the rules and regulations established by PLIDA headquarters. ICC and Società Dante Alighieri memberships are required to take the exam. 

Please email us at to obtain more information about the exams.


Next dates:

Levels A2,B1 - November 13

Levels B2,C1,C2 - November 14

               Regolamento PLIDA (Italian)                                               PLIDA Rules (English) 

We highly recommend familiarizing with the format of the exam, see links below.



Livello A2

Livello B1

Livello B2

Livello C1

ICC and Società Dante Alighieri memberships are required to take the exam. 



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